Keynote

Dr Steven Wilson is Lecturer in French Studies at Queen’s University Belfast and was, from April 2018 to January 2019, AHRC Leadership Fellow on a project entitled Global Disease: Language(s) and the Literary Imagination.

His research interests lie at the intersection of modern French literature (especially of the nineteenth century) and the medical humanities, and focus on the illness narrative, the relationship between language and disease, the relationship between medical writing and literature, and literary representations of death.

He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on the body in nineteenth-century French literature, most recently ‘Writing Pain in Alphonse Daudet’s La Doulou’, which came out in 2018 in Medicine and Maladies: Representing Affliction in Nineteenth-Century France, ed. by Sophie Leroy.

He is also the guest editor of a special issue of L’Esprit créateur in 2016 on French Autopathography, and is working with Professor Enda McCaffrey on a special issue of the same journal on French Thanatology. Other forthcoming projects include an edited volume on representations of religion in French medico-literary culture, and a special issue on the cultural languages of pain, coming out of a conference he organised at the IMLR in London in November.

He is also in the final stages of a monograph project entitled Writing Disease: Literature and Syphilis in Late-Nineteenth-Century France.

Dr Wilson’s keynote lecture is entitled ‘Corporeal Porosity and the Languaging of Inside Experience’.