Reading List

what we are reading and writing

Authored by Colby faculty:

Allbritton, Dean. Feeling Sick: The Early Years of AIDS in Spain. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2023.

El-Shaarawi, Nadia. “Living an Uncertain Future: Temporality, Uncertainty, and Well-Being Among Iraqi Refugees in Egypt.” Social Analysis 59, no. 1 (March 2015): 38-56.

__________. “A Transit State: The Ambivalences of the Refugee Resettlement Process for Iraqis in Cairo.” American Ethnologist 48, no. 4 (November 2021): 404-417.

Gao, Menglu. “‘Founding Its Empire on Spells of Pleasure’: Brunonian Excitability, the Invigorated English Opium-Eater, and De Quincey’s ‘China Question’.” Literature and Medicine 38, no.1 (Spring 2020): 1–25.

Halvorson, Britt. Conversionary Sites: Medical Aid and Global Christianity from Madagascar to Minnesota. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Miller, Tiffany Creegan. “Ri k’ak’a tzij: Kaqchikel Maya Neologisms in Response to COVID-19.” Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal. October 21, 2021.

Sheehan, Tanya. Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America. University Park: Penn State Press, 2011.

Sheehan, Tanya. “Introducing Medical Humanities in Secondary Schools.” The Polyphony (blog), September 30, 2021.

Sibara, Jay. “Disability and Dissent in Ann Petry’s The Street.” Literature and Medicine 36, no. 1 (2018): 1-26.

Sibara, Jay, and Sarah Jaquette Ray, eds. Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016.

Tate, Winifred. Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats: U.S. Policymaking in Colombia. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2015.

Authored by PHIL partners and guests:

Benjamin, Ruja. “Informed Refusal: Toward a Justice-Based Bioethics.” Science, Technology, and Human Values 41, no. 6 (2016): 967-990.

__________. Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code. Polity, 2019.

__________.Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want. Princeton UP, 2022.

Ostherr, Kirsten. “Artificial Intelligence and Medical Humanities.” Journal of Medical Humanities (July 2020).

__________. “How Do We See COVID-19? Visual Iconographies of Racial Contagion.” American Literature 92, no. 4 (2020): 707-22.

Other writing on critical medical humanities and race:

Banner, Olivia. “Structural Racism and Practices of Reading in the Medical Humanities.” Literature and Medicine 34, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 25-52.

Bost, Suzanne. Encarnación: Illness and Body Politics in Chicana Feminist Literature. New York: Fordham University Press, 2009.

Chang, Yoonmee. “Asian Americans, Disability, and the Model Minority Myth.” In Flashpoints for Asian American Studies, ed. Cathy Schlund-Vials (New York: Fordham University Press, 2017), 241-253.

Dudley, Rachel. “The Role of Feminist Health Humanities Scholarship and Black Women’s Artistry in Re-Shaping the Origin Narrative of Modern, U.S. Gynecology.” Humanities 10, no. 58 (2o21).

———. “Towards an Understanding of the Medical Plantation As a Cultural Location of Disability.” Disability Studies Quarterly 32, no. 4 (2012).

Hogarth, Rana A. Medicalizing Blackness: Making Racial Difference in the Atlantic World, 1780-1840. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017.

Jones, Esther L. “Structural Competency and African Contexts: A Mixed Methodological Approach to Interrogating Strategies for Greater Health Equity.” In Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education and Societal Contexts: International and Interdisciplinary Approaches, edited by SunHee Kim Gertz, Betsy Huang, and Lauren Cyr, 189-210. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

———. Medicine and Ethics in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Raza Kolb, Anjuli Fatima. Epidemic Empire Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror, 1817–2020. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2021.

Lee, James Kyung-Jin. Pedagogies of Woundedness: Illness, Memoir, and the Ends of the Model Minority. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2021.

Owens, Deirdre Cooper. Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2018.

Shah, Nayan. Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.

Waggoner, Jess. “‘My Most Humiliating Jim Crow Experience’: Afro-Modernist Critiques of Eugenics and Medical Segregation.” Modernism/modernity 24, no. 3 (2017): 507-525.

Zieger, Susan. Inventing the Addict: Drugs, Race, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century British and American Literature. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2008.

Contributors to Bibliography: Menglu Gao, Tanya Sheehan, Jay Sibara