I am part of the department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and work in collaboration with the Centre for the History of Medicine. My research includes a broad range of sources from scientists' and doctors' research diaries, personal narratives and colonial office correspondance, to travel writing, news reports and popular fiction. Exploring the cultural framing of disease in conjuction with notions of colonial geographies, I attempt to elucidate the public understanding of British Imperialism at the turn of the twentieth century.
I am particularly interested in the figure of the native as a source of social and somatic anxiety and ways of thinking about the 'tropical' colonial environment as one of parasites and vectors. Prominent figures in my research include Ronald Ross, Patrick Manson, and Mary Kingsley.
Dr. Emma Francis
e dot j dot francis at warwick dot ac dot uk
Dr. Roberta Bivins
r dot bivins at warwick dot ac dot uk