Modernism, Medicine and the Body

Panel: Meindert Peters, Lisa Banks, Julia Sutton-Mattocks, Samraghni Bonnerjee

Meindert Peters | University of Oxford

Meindert E. Peters is doing a DPhil in German Studies at New College, University of Oxford. His work focuses on the articulations of embodiment in German Modernity. Heidegger’s understanding of the body in Being and Time (1927) shapes the background to his reading of literature (esp. Rilke and Döblin) and dance (esp. Berber and Droste) of the period. Meindert is a former professional ballet dancer and occasionally writes for the Oxonian Review.

Lisa Banks | McGill 

Lisa is a PhD student at McGill University in Monteal, Quebec. Her research deals with questions of illness, aging, and dying in modernist women’s writing, while her dissertation will focus on the end-of-life creative output of H.D., Elizabeth Bishop, and Kay Smith.

Julia Sutton-Mattocks | University of Bristol

Julia is a SWW DTP-funded PhD student at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, where she is researching the impact of medical advance on Czech- and Russian-language literature and cinema of the 1920s and early 1930s. Her research explores the role medicine played within the widespread project of regeneration that followed the First World War and Russian Revolution, and its interaction with the perceived degeneration of the fin de siècle. She is particularly interested in narratives that investigate aspects of public health.

Samraghni Bonnerjee | University of Sheffield

Samraghni is a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of Sheffield, reading for a PhD in English Literature. For her thesis, she is working on a comparative study of British and German nurses of the First World War. She read English and German at Calcutta, and was twice the Goethe Stipendiatin to Berlin and Hamburg. She is a member of International Society for First World War Studies (ISFWWS), International Network for the History of Hospitals (INHH), UK Association for the History of Nursing (UKAHN) and Centre for Archival Practices, University of Sheffield.

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