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Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America

Event Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2011

11:00 am
The Center for Cultural Analysis
8 Bishop Place
College Avenue Campus

Professor Tanya Sheehan of the Rutgers University Department of Art History will be discussing her new book, Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America, which explores the relationship between studio portrait photography, medical discourse, and social identity. Professor Ann Jurecic of the Department of English will act as a respondent. The event will be followed by a lunch.

Prof. Sheehan teaches courses on art and science, race and representation, and the history of photography. She is currently writing a book that examines ideas about race in transatlantic photographic humor. Prof. Jurecic teaches writing as well as courses related to literature and medicine. Her book, Illness as Narrative, about the twentieth-century emergence of personal writing about illness, is forthcoming from the Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture of the Pittsburgh University Press. Her articles about illness, writing, and current critical practices include “Empathy and the Critic” (forthcoming in 2011) and “Neurodiversity” (2007), both in College English. Jurecic is also the book review editor of Literature and Medicine.

Excerpts from Doctored are available on the “Natura” Sakai site, and by request. This lecture is presented as the final spring-semester event of Natura, the interdisciplinary graduate student working group on science and epistemology, funded by the British Studies Center. Attendees are requested to RSVP with Debapriya Sarkar by Monday, April 18, 2011.




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