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English PGR Seminar Series: Stella Bolaki – Thursday 5 October
October 5 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pmFree
“Intimate Authority”: Artists’ Books on Illness, Wellbeing and Medicine
Thursday 5th October at 5.15pm in the Lock Keeper’s Cottage, Mile End campus
Artists’ books are works of art that are often published in small editions or produced as one-of-a-kind objects. Adopting a variety of constructions, materials and bindings, they challenge conventional book formats and invite handling and interaction. My talk explores this medium’s “intimate authority” and the ways it conveys a tangible, multisensory experience of illness and of patients’ worlds. To illustrate their communicative power in the medical humanities context, I discuss the book art of American artist Martha A. Hall that documents her experiences with breast cancer and interactions with health professionals (1989-2003). I also draw on other artists’ books focusing on wellbeing that featured in the exhibition Prescriptions that I curated with Egidija Čiricaitė in Canterbury (Beaney Art Museum, 21 April-25 September 2016).
Stella Bolaki is Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Kent. She is the author of Illness as Many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and her research on illness narrative and medical humanities has appeared in journals such as Mosaic, Literature and Medicine, Medical Humanities, Gender Forum and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. She is the Director of Kent’s MA in Medical Humanities.
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