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Routledge Studies in Literature and Health Humanities


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This series offers ground-breaking literary scholarship relevant to the field of health humanities. It pursues new understandings of the way that literature represents and engages with healthcare, health and well-being. The series will enfold and extend beyond purely medical perspectives to consider a range of non-medical and culturally defined aspects of what it means to be healthy. Aimed at interdisciplinary researchers, academics and health and social care professionals interested in care-related literary investigation these studies pursue innovative kinds of theory and application. Importantly, this series recognises the very real contribution that literature can make to knowledge and creative practices in the delivery of human well-being. The scholarship also investigates literature as social and cultural assets for physical and mental public health.

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Narratives of Injury Nineteenth-Century Coalfields Fiction

Narratives of Injury: Nineteenth-Century Coalfields Fiction

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Rosalyn Buckland
October 28, 2024

Narratives of Injury redescribes the history of injury from the perspective of those most at risk, rather than medical professionals and other outsiders. Refocusing on the first-hand perspectives found in literary texts and journalistic accounts, it uncovers a self-conscious tradition of mining ...

Experiencing Epiphanies in Literature and Cinema Arts and Humanities for Sustainable Well-being

Experiencing Epiphanies in Literature and Cinema: Arts and Humanities for Sustainable Well-being

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Bradley Lewis
July 09, 2024

Experiencing Epiphanies in Literature and Cinema uses health humanities and psychological humanities to explore literary and cinematic epiphanies. James Joyce first adopted the term “epiphany” from its religious use to articulate momentsof luminous intensity or “sudden spiritual manifestation.” ...

Gut, Brain, and Environment in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Medicine

Gut, Brain, and Environment in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Medicine

1st Edition

By Manon Mathias
April 30, 2024

Gut, Brain, and Environment in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Medicine offers a new way of conceptualizing food in literature: not as social or cultural symbol but as an agent within a network of relationships between body and mind and between humans and environment. By analysing ...

Sensation Novels and Domestic Minds Mental Health in Victorian Literature

Sensation Novels and Domestic Minds: Mental Health in Victorian Literature

1st Edition

By Mathilde Vialard
February 26, 2024

Drawing on the recent academic interest in approaching health and wellbeing from a humanities perspective, Sensation Novels and Domestic Minds investigates how the Victorians dealt with questions of mental health by examining literary works in the genre of sensation fiction. The novels of Mary ...

Posthuman Pathogenesis Contagion in Literature, Arts, and Media

Posthuman Pathogenesis: Contagion in Literature, Arts, and Media

1st Edition

Edited By Başak Ağın, Şafak Horzum
January 29, 2024

This multi-vocal assemblage of literary and cultural responses to contagions provides insights into the companionship of posthumanities, environmental humanities, and medical humanities to shed light on how we deal with complex issues like communicable diseases in contemporary times. Examining ...

Grief Memoirs Cultural, Supportive, and Therapeutic Significance

Grief Memoirs: Cultural, Supportive, and Therapeutic Significance

1st Edition

By Katarzyna Malecka
September 29, 2023

Grief Memoirs: Cultural, Supportive, and Therapeutic Significance bridges literary studies and psychology to evaluate contemporary grief memoirs for use by bereaved and non-bereaved individuals. This volume positions the grief memoir within life writing and bereavement studies through examination ...

Narrative Fiction and Death Dying Imagined

Narrative Fiction and Death: Dying Imagined

1st Edition

By Sabine Köllmann
September 29, 2023

Narrative Fiction and Death: Dying Imagined offers a new perspective on the study of death in literature. It focuses on narrative fiction that conveys the experience of dying from the internal perspective of a dying protagonist. Writers from Victor Hugo in the early 1800s to Elif Shafak in the...

Pregnant Bodies from Shakespeare to Ford A Phenomenology of Pregnancy in English Early Modern Drama

Pregnant Bodies from Shakespeare to Ford: A Phenomenology of Pregnancy in English Early Modern Drama

1st Edition

By Katarzyna Burzyńska
September 25, 2023

This book explores how the pregnant body is portrayed, perceived and enacted in Shakespeare’s and his contemporaries’ drama by means of a phenomenological analysis and a recourse to early modern popular medical discourse on reproduction. Phenomenology of pregnancy is a fairly new and radical body ...

Canadian Literature and Medicine Carelanding

Canadian Literature and Medicine: Carelanding

1st Edition

By Shane Neilson
September 08, 2023

Canadian Literature and Medicine breaks new ground by formulating a series of frameworks with which to read and interpret a national literature derived from the very fabric of that literature – in this case Canadian. Canadian literature is of particular interest because of its consideration of ...

John Donne’s Language of Disease Eloquent Blood

John Donne’s Language of Disease: Eloquent Blood

1st Edition

By Alison Bumke
May 29, 2023

John Donne’s Language of Disease reveals the influence of medical knowledge – a rapidly changing field in early modern England – on the poetry and prose of John Donne (1572–1631). This knowledge played a crucial role in shaping how Donne understood his everyday experiences, and how he conveyed ...

The Poetry of Loss Romantic and Contemporary Elegies

The Poetry of Loss: Romantic and Contemporary Elegies

1st Edition

By Judith Harris
May 15, 2023

The Poetry of Loss: Romantic and Contemporary Elegies presents a renewed look at elegy as a long-standing tradition in the literature of loss, exploring recent shifts in the continuum of these memorial poems. This volume investigates the tensions arising in elegiac formulations of grief through ...

Health, Literature and Women in Twentieth-Century Turkey Bodies of Exception

Health, Literature and Women in Twentieth-Century Turkey: Bodies of Exception

1st Edition

By Şima İmşir
March 31, 2023

Health, Literature and Women in Twentieth-Century Turkey offers readers fresh insight into Turkish modernity and its discourse on health, what it excludes and how these potentialities manifest themselves in women’s fiction to shape the imagination of the period. Starting from the nineteenth ...

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