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Bibliography of First-Person Narratives of Madness in English (5th edition)
Call for Papers - Our Encouters with Self Harm
Please see the Call for Papers, for a new book commissioned with PCCS Books entitled 'Our Encounters with Self Harm', edited by myself, Fran Biley and Clare Shaw. (PDF) Please do pass this information on to anyone who you feel may be interested.
Second International Health Humanities Conference: Music, Health, and Humanity
The Colleges of the Arts and of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA, hosted the Second International Health Humanities Conference from Thursday-Saturday, 9, 10, 11 August, 2012.
- For information on the Second International Health Humanities Conference: Music, Health, and Humanity, please visit the conference website
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- Conference Flyer (PDF)
1st International Health Humanities Conference: Madness and Literature was held at Nottingham 6th - 8th August 2010. See 'Seminars and Conference' for further details.
Fowles’ novel focuses on notions of obsession, stalking and kidnap, as well as possible erotomania. However, the protagonist appears to have a total lack of erotic feelings towards the girl he kidnaps, justifying his actions to himself at points by referring to the purity of their ‘relationship’. Fowles comments on wider philosophical themes too – beauty, existentialism and nature. There is, throughout the text, an interesting butterfly motif which provides a philosophical rationale for the narrator’s madness. Caging something beautiful and killing it in order to preserve its beauty actually removes all the beauty inherent within it, but the tension between these paradoxical positions leads to mental disordering. There is little in the way of redemption at the end of this dark narrative.
The School of English Studies
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MA in Health Communication
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Meeting the challenges of communication - The MA programme in Health Communication provides a unique opportunity to investigate language and communication in various health care contexts. The course gives students a thorough grounding in the concepts, theories and research methods used in this area.
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