MLA 2017 Medical Humanities & Health Studies Panels

  1. Environmental Illness: Literary Interventions

Saturday, 7 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Franklin 6, Philadelphia Marriott

Program arranged by the forum TC Medical Humanities and Health Studies

Presiding: Rebecca Garden, Upstate Medical Univ., State Univ. of New York

  1. “‘Slow Violence’: Environmental Diseases and Women Migrant Workers, by Zheng Xiaoqiong,” Xiaojing Zhou, Univ. of the Pacific
  1. “Environmental Illness and the Future of Health Care: Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea,” Phillip J. Barrish, Univ. of Texas, Austin
  1. “Mining Ground Zero: Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony and the Civil Defense Era,” Mai-Linh Hong, Bucknell Univ.

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  1. Out of Narrative Bounds: Medical Humanities, Aging, and Chronic Illness

Thursday, 5 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Grand Ballroom Salon K, Philadelphia Marriott

Program arranged by the forums TC Medical Humanities and Health Studies and TC Age Studies

Presiding: Erin Lamb, Hiram Coll.

  1. “Narrative in the Present Tense: Writing Chronic Illness,” Joanne Jacobson, Yeshiva Univ., New York
  1. “Cartographies of the Self: Forms, Memory, and Forgetting,” Melanie V. Dawson, Coll. of William and Mary
  1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: Locked-In Syndrome and the (Un)Ethics of Narrative as Personhood,” Stephanie Butler, Newcastle Univ.

Responding: Sally Chivers, Trent Univ.