English Professor Presents “Palliative Care and The History of Reading” at Conference


Published on November 19, 2019

Jeffrey Brown PhD, assistant professor of English in the Department of Humanities at USciences, presented his paper, “Reading Through the Night: Palliative Care and the History of Reading” at the International Conference “Chronicity and Crisis: Time in the Medical Humanities” at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ from October 25 and 26, 2019. 

Dr. Brown’s  work draws connections between depictions of pathological reading in Anton Chekhov’s 1898 short story “A Doctor’s Visit” and a 2018 memoir by the literary scholar Jane Tompkins, whose experience of chronic fatigue syndrome leads her to reject twentieth-century models of academic reading and turn back toward the practices ambivalently circumscribed by Chekhov.

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