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Dr Emily Senior

Department: Institute of Advanced Study/Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies.


My current project is titled The Caribbean and the Medical Imagination, and engages with the relationship between literary and medical responses to disease in the Caribbean, 1764-1834. Understanding medical science as a defining discourse of colonial society, my research reveals the conceptual and linguistic frameworks of literary and medical encounters with colonial disease.

Research interests:

Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, Enlightenment science and the novel, medical humanities, Atlantic history, literary geography and the post/colonial natural world.

Institute of Advanced Study conference: The Cultural Production of Natural Knowledge, 1700-1850

Essay Collection CFP: Please see the call for submissions for a collection of essays on The Cultural Production of Eighteenth-Century Natural Knowledge


My article 'Perfectly Whole: Skin and Text in John Gabriel Stedman's Narrative of a Five Years Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam' is in Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Collaborative article with members of the Harvard Atlantic History Seminar on 'The History of Atlantic Science', in Atlantic Studies, Vol. 7, No. 4, December 2010, pp. 493-509.