(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 publications include a chapter on narratives of disability across different art forms for the Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability (edited by Alice Hall).
In 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 that featured Maine artist Martha A. Hall. In collaboration with the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England, I also organised a symposium and a series of workshops 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 for the Journal of Medical Humanities and a book publication of the exhibition Prescriptions that will also include essays by medical humanities scholars.
The next stage of the project is a symposium, workshop and exhibition of artists’ books in September 2018 at the University of New England on the broader theme of women’s writing and health, following a successful British Academy grant. This event will be organised in collaboration with the Maine Women Writers Collection where I was hosted as a researcher in the summer of 2017.
Office: NC9 (Rutherford Extension)
School of English
Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository
- Multi-ethnic American literature
- Medical humanities
- Illness narratives
- Disability studies
- Black studies
- Contemporary women's writing
- Material culture and health
During the academic year 2016/17 I will be teaching on:back to top
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.
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, the University of Toronto Press, Literature and Medicine, Medical Humanities, Contemporary Women’s Writing, Studies in the Novel, MELUS, Journal of American Studies, Symbiosis, and The Year’s Work in English Studies.