Literature and illness

'Indeed, it is to the poets that we turn'

Dr Ben Grant reflects on the recent interest in literature, and specifically poetry, during the pandemic and highlights writers who have used illness as a subject matter in their work. 

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Dr Ben Grant

Dr Ben Grant is a lecturer in English Literature at the Department and has a research background in postcolonial studies and cultural translation.

His first book, Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis and Burton: Power Play of Empire (2009), was about the iconic Victorian explorer and translator, Richard Francis Burton, who began his career as a spy in British India. Ben is currently writing a book on the British writer Jenny Diski.

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