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The Literature, Medicine, and Culture Colloquium (LMCC) at UNC is excited our next meeting, which will also be our final meeting of the semester! We will meet on Wednesday, April 24 at 5:30pm in UNC’s HHIVE Lab, also known as Gaskin Library or Greenlaw 524.

Note: All of our meetings this semester will take place at 5:30pm on the last Wednesday of each month in the HHIVE Lab.

If you can’t attend in person, you can always attend via our usual Zoom link: If you have trouble with the Zoom link, please email either of the Co-Directors.

For our April meeting, we’ll be discussing Heather Meek’s Reimagining Illness: Women Writers and Medicine in Eighteenth-Century Britain (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2023). Specifically, we’d like everyone to read the following:

  • Introduction: “The Discursive Landscape of Women Writers and Medical Ideas in the Long Eighteenth Century (pp. 3-33)
  • Chapter 6: “‘This terrible business’: Frances Burney’s Mastectomy Letter and Discourses of Breast Cancer” (pp. 193-214)

In addition, we strongly suggest that everyone also reads “A Mastectomy” (1812) by Fanny Burney to provide everyone with further background information, context, and insight.

All members of the UNC community can access the full text of Meek’s book online through the UNC Libraries. We’ve also posted .pdfs of these materials onto the “Readings” page of the LMCC website, including the text of Burney’s letter. If you run into trouble getting access to the text, please contact one of the Co-Directors. (See our email addresses on the Home page of this site).

If you have any questions, please contact us directly. Please also feel free to share this info with other graduate or professional students who might be interested! We look forward to meeting with you all for an exciting discussion of this work!


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