In the ongoing Covidian Age, classic disease narratives from Daniel Defoe through Mary Shelley to Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King have made a comeback. Explorations of the Arts and Humanities in representing and critiquing pathologies, the “sick role” and medicine, with apocalyptic, extinction, pandemic and other scenarios have also resurfaced. It is in this context that the Dept. of English puts together this Podcast eSeries.
Disease and the Great American Novels: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Brian Yothers, U of Texas at El Paso, USA
Brian Yothers is the Frances Spatz Leighton Endowed Distinguished Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Texas at El Paso, USA. He is the author or editor of 13 books and special issues of journals, including Sacred Uncertainty: Religious Difference and the Shape of Melville’s Career, Reading Abolition: The Critical Reception of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frederick Douglass, and Melville’s Mirrors: Literary Criticism and America’s Most Elusive Author. He is also editor of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies.
Coordinators: Anna Kurian & Pramod K Nayar