Monthly Archives: August 2011

Cumberland Lodge conference: Life Beyond the PhD

I am writing this blog post with a delightful view overlooking the expanse of Windsor Great Park, from the comfort of Cumberland Lodge. I am here for a 4 day annual conference for PhD students, entitled ‘Life Beyond the PhD’ … Continue reading

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Visualizing the Stigma of Illness – David B.’s Black Paths

Over the past decade, authors have increasingly privileged graphic storytelling for their memoirs, with a recurrent focus on the impact of disease in their or their close ones’ lives. Graphic pathographies (illness narratives in comics form) are now being used … Continue reading

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Illness Metaphor and the Riots

David Cameron, condemning the violence, looting and arson seen on streets across England as “sick,” made recourse to the powerful metaphor of illness in order to convey a sense of gravitas, portentousness, and deviance in his words. His exact words … Continue reading

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