School of English

About

(BA, Athens; MSc, PhD, Edinburgh)

I joined the University of Kent in September 2011. Previously, I was Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Glasgow, having taught before that at the University of Edinburgh. I have also held a postdoctoral fellowship at The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), and have been Co-Director of Scottish Universities’ International Summer School (SUISS), which offers courses in modern and contemporary literature as well as a creative writing programme.

At Kent, I am affiliated with the Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing, the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies and the Centre for American Studies. I am the Director of the MA in Medical Humanities and member of the Medical Humanities Research Cluster. I serve as Internationalisation Officer in the School of English and as Chair of the Research Ethics Committee in the Faculty of Humanities.

My research interests lie in multi-ethnic American literature, Black studies, illness narratives, disability studies and medical humanities.

My first book Unsettling the Bildungsroman: Reading Contemporary Ethnic American Women’s Fiction (Rodopi, 2011) considers the continuing relevance of the Bildungsroman in an ethnic American and postcolonial context. It includes chapters on Jamaica Kincaid, Sandra Cisneros, Maxine Hong Kingston and Audre Lorde. I have recently completed a new monograph titled Illness as Many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) that explores the aesthetic, ethical and cultural importance of contemporary representations of illness across different arts and media. Through case studies on photography, artists’ books, performance art, film, theatre, animation and online narratives, it demonstrates how bringing in diverse materials and engaging with multiple perspectives can help the arts, cultural studies and the medical humanities to establish critical conversations and amplify the goals and scope of their respective work. Click here for reviews of this book on the Centre for Medical Humanities blog.

In addition, I have co-edited a collection of essays documenting the transnational legacies of Audre Lorde (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015), and a special issue of the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies focusing on the American counterculture (2015). Forthcoming journal essays include an essay on Clare Best’s photo-poetic project Self Portrait without Breasts in Literature and Medicine and an essay on Hannah Laycock’s photography that explores Multiple Sclerosis in Studies in Photography.

In April 2016 I curated with book artist Egidija Čiricaitė Prescriptions (Beaney Art Museum, 21 April-25 September 2016), an exhibition of artists’ books on wellbeing and medicine, with featured artist Martha A. Hall. In collaboration with the Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, I also organised a symposium and workshop on artists’ books and the medical humanities that were funded by the Wellcome Trust. The workshops were attended by patients, health professionals, artists and the wider public. I am currently editing a special journal issue on artists’ books and the medical humanities and working on publishing the exhibition catalogue of Prescriptions. Please click here for further information about this project.

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Publications

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Book
Bolaki, Stella. 2016. Illness As Many Narratives: Arts, Medicine And Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Bolaki, Stella. 2011. Unsettling The Bildungsroman: Reading Contemporary Ethnic American Women'S Fiction. Amsterdam / New York: Rodopi.
Edited book
Bolaki, Stella, and Sabine Broeck, eds. 2015. Audre Lorde's Transnational Legacies. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.
Ryan, Derek, and Stella Bolaki, eds. 2012. Contradictory Woolf: Selected Papers From The Twenty-First Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference. Clemson SC: Clemson University Digital Press.
Bolaki, Stella, and Julia Boll, eds. 2009. Northern Light: New Writing 2008-09. Edinburgh: Scottish Universities' International Summer School.
Edited journal
Bolaki, Stella, and Christopher Gair, eds. 2015. "Disability And The American Counterculture: Special Issue Of The Journal Of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies". Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. http://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/toc/jlcds/9/2.
Article
Bolaki, Stella. 2017. "Capturing The Worlds Of Multiple Sclerosis: Hannah Laycock'S Photography". Medical Humanities. British Medical Journal. doi:10.1136/medhum-2016-011073.
Bolaki, Stella. 2017. ""The Absence Doubled?" Photo-Poetic Narratives Of Prophylactic Mastectomy". Literature And Medicine. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Bolaki, Stella, and Christopher Gair. 2015. "Disability And The American Counterculture: Introduction". Journal Of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies. Liverpool University Press. doi:10.3828/jlcds.2015.11.
Bolaki, Stella. 2013. "Illness And Transatlantic Sisterhoods In Audre Lorde's 'a Burst Of Light: Living With Cancer'". Symbiosis: A Journal Of Anglo-American Literary Relations.
Bolaki, Stella. 2013. "Celebrating Our History: Audre Lorde". The Source: The Women'S Resource Centre Newsletter. The Women's Resource Centre.
Bolaki, Stella. 2011. "'new Living The Old In A New Way': Home And Queer Migrations In Audre Lorde'S Zami". Textual Practice. Taylor Francis Online. doi:10.1080/0950236X.2011.586784.
Bolaki, Stella. 2011. "Re-Covering The Scarred Body: Textual And Photographic Narratives Of Breast Cancer". Mosaic. Project Muse. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/440539.
Bolaki, Stella. 2009. "'what The Book Told': Illness, Witnessing, And Patient-Doctor Encounters In Martha Hall'S Artist'S Books". Gender Forum. http://www.genderforum.org/issues/literature-and-medicine-ii/what-the-book-told/.
Bolaki, Stella. 2009. "'it Translated Well': The Promise And The Perils Of Translation In Maxine Hong Kingston'S The Woman Warrior". Melus: Multi-Ethnic Literature Of The United States. doi:10.1353/mel.0.0056.
Bolaki, Stella. 2006. "Kουαρτέτο Για Ένα Ψαλίδι Και Τρεις Χτένες :(Creative Writing - Short Story)". Morfes. University of Athens. http://en.aformes.enl.uoa.gr/issues-of-a-formes/issue-10-morfes-a.html.
Bolaki, Stella. 2006. "More Room To Play In Sandra Cisneros'S The House On Mango Street". The Journal Of American Studies Of Turkey.
Bolaki, Stella. 2005. "'this Bridge We Call Home': Crossing And Bridging Spaces In Sandra Cisneros'S The House On Mango Street". E-Sharp. http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_41166_en.pdf.
Book section
Bolaki, Stella, and Sabine Broeck. 2015. "Introduction: Audre Lorde'S Transnational Legacies". In Audre Lorde's Transnational Legacies, Stella Bolaki and Broeck, Sabine, 1-19. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.
Bolaki, Stella. 2015. "Maxine Hong Kingston, Feminism And Postmodern Literature". In The Cambridge History Of Asian American Literature, Rajini Srikanth and Song, Min, 271-286. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bolaki, Stella. 2015. "Heterotopias Of Illness". In The Globalization Of Space: Foucault And Heterotopia, Mariangela Palladino and Miller, John, 81-93. London: Pickering & Chatto.
Bolaki, Stella. 2014. "The Cultural Work Of Disability And Illness Memoirs: Schizophrenia As Collaborative Life Narrative". In Changing Social Attitudes To Disability: Perspectives From Historical, Cultural, And Educational Studies, David Bolt, 89-98. London: Routledge.
Bolaki, Stella. 2013. "'this Bridge We Call Home': Crossing And Bridging Spaces In Sandra Cisneros'S The House On Mango Street". In U.s./latino/a Writing, Robert Lee, II:14 pages. London: Routledge.
Bolaki, Stella. 2012. "'When The Lights Of Health Go Down': Virginia Woolf'S Aesthetics And Contemporary Illness Narratives". In Contradictory Woolf: Selected Papers From The Twenty-First Annual International Virginia Woolf Conference, Derek Ryan and Bolaki, Stella, 115-121. Clemson, SC: Clemson University Digital Press.
Bolaki, Stella. 2011. "Turning The Classroom Into A Debate Hall: Arguing About Racism In Heart Of Darkness". In Best In Show: Case Studies In Higher Education English, Jonathan Gibson, 3-6. English Subject Centre.
Bolaki, Stella. 2011. "Challenging Invisibility, Making Connections: Illness, Survival, And Black Struggles In Audre Lorde'S Work". In Blackness And Disability: Critical Examinations And Cultural Interventions, Christopher Bell, 47-74. Münster: LIT Verlag.
Bolaki, Stella. 2010. "Four Times Upon A Time: 'Snow White' Retold". In Beyond Adaptation: Essays On Radical Transformations Of Original Works, Phyllis Frus and Williams, Christy, 181-193. London: McFarland.
Bolaki, Stella. 2010. "'this Bridge We Call Home': Crossing And Bridging Spaces In Sandra Cisneros'S The House On Mango Street". In Critical Insights: The House On Mango Street, María Herrera-Sobek, 205-217. Pasadena: Salem Press.
Bolaki, Stella. 2007. "'mourning Remains': The Poetics And The Politics Of Loss In Jamaica Kincaid'S At The Bottom Of The River And Lucy". In Come Weep With Me: Loss And Mourning In The Writings Of Caribbean Women Writers, Joyce Harte, 164-180. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Bolaki, Stella. 2007. "Weaving Stories Of Self And Community Through Vignettes In Sandra Cisneros'S The House On Mango Street". In Narratives Of Community: Women'S Short Story Sequences, Roxanne Harde, 14-36. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Internet publication
Bolaki, Stella. 2008. "Turning The Classroom Into A Debate Hall: Arguing About Racism In Heart Of Darkness: Teaching Case Study". Online. English Subject Centre. http://www.english.heacademy.ac.uk/explore/publications/casestudies/seminars/conrad.php.
Review
Bolaki, Stella. 2016. "Review Of Maria Rice Bellamy's Bridges To Memory: Postmemory In Contemporary Ethnic American Women'S Fiction". Contemporary Women's Writing. Oxford Journals. doi:10.1093/cww/vpw017.
Bolaki, Stella. 2016. "Review Of The Edinburgh Companion To The Critical Medical Humanities, Edited By Anne Whitehead And Angela Wood (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).". Centre For Medical Humanities Blog. http://centreformedicalhumanities.org/edinburgh-companion-critical-medical-humanities-reviewed-dr-stella-bolaki/.
Bolaki, Stella. 2016. "Review Of Chronic Youth: Disability, Sexuality, And U.s. Media Cultures Of Rehabilitation. By Julie Passanante Elman. (New York And London: New York University Press, 2014, \$25.00). Pp. 243.isbn 978 1 4798 1822 8.". Journal Of American Studies. Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/S002187581500256X.
Bolaki, Stella. 2013. "Review Of Katharina Gerund'S Transatlantic Cultural Exchange: African American Women's Art And Activism In West Germany". Caar Reviews. Collegium for African American Research. http://www.caar-web.org/fileadmin/user_upload/files/Review_of_Katharina_Gerund.pdf.
Bolaki, Stella. 2011. "Review Of La Vinia Delois Jennings' Toni Morrison And The Idea Of Africa". Melus: Multi-Ethnic Literature Of The United States.
Bolaki, Stella. 2011. "Review Of Alan Radley'S Works Of Illness: Narrative, Picturing, And The Social Response To Serious Disease.". Medical Humanities. British Medical Journal.
Bolaki, Stella. 2008. "Review Of Dean Franco'S Ethnic American Literature: Comparing Chicano, Jewish, And African American Writing". Callaloo.
Bolaki, Stella, and Alan Rice. 2008. "American Literature: The Twentieth Century. Section 5: African American Writing.". The Year'S Work In English Studies. doi:10.1093/ywes/mam017.
Bolaki, Stella, and Alan Rice. 2007. "American Literature: The Twentieth Century. Section 3: African American Writing". The Year'S Work In English Studies. doi:10.1093/ywes/mam016.
Bolaki, Stella. 2006. "Review Of Thomas L. Jeffers'S Apprenticeships: The Bildungsroman From Goethe To Santayana". Genre: Forms Of Discourse And Culture. University of Oklahoma.
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Research Interests

  • Multi-ethnic American literature
  • Medical humanities
  • Illness narratives
  • Disability studies
  • Black studies
  • Contemporary women's writing
  • Material culture and health
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Teaching

During the academic year 2016/17 I will be teaching on:

In addition I teach for the Centre for American Studies, and am the Director of the MA in Medical Humanities and contribute to the BA (Hons) in Liberal Arts.

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Research supervision

I am currently supervising PhDs on literature and neuroscience, on bioethics in speculative fiction, the politics of needlework, and the wounded body in Arab culture. I act as second supervisor to projects covering madness, postcolonial women’s writing, the contemporary novel, addiction in American culture, disability in poetry, and creative/critical writing projects.

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Professional activities

My professional and research network affiliations include The Collegium for African American Research, The Feminist and Women’s Studies Association, the Association for Medical Humanities, MHRNS  (Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland), Materialities of Care, and the Northern Network for Medical Humanities. As a member of the Kent Medical Humanities Network I work closely with Leads in Medical Humanities within local Kent NHS Trusts. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies as a reviewer and have acted as a reader for various publishers and journals, including the University of Massachusetts Press, Literature and Medicine, Contemporary Women’s Writing, Studies in the Novel, MELUS, Journal of American Studies, Symbiosis, and The Year’s Work in English Studies.

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School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Last Updated: 13/06/2017