Intracorporeal Narratives: Reading Internal Biology in Women’s Literature, 1880s-1930s

01 September 2021 → 31 August 2023
European funding: framework programme, Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Early modern literature
Other information
Project description

Do visualisations of the body's internal organs and inner workings change through time? How does literature reflect medical developments and discoveries? Do metaphors help us visualise these systems and parts: hormones as postal packages, the sperm and egg as static and kinetic, the biological clock? The EU-funded INTRARIB project will answer these questions by focusing on the medical humanities. Specifically, it will explore how British and American women writers of the late 19th and 20th centuries visualised and communicated bodily experiences through ‘intracorporeal’ descriptions. It will examine how suffering is rationalised and perceived. It will also study the influence of gendered notions.

Role of Ghent University
Ghent University is the beneficiary partner in this project. The English section of the Literary Studies department has an established reputation in the field of Victorian literature and the focus on gender within that. The project is supervised by Professor Marysa Demoor and supported by Professor Marianne Van Remoortel.
Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Executive Agency (REA). Neither the European Union nor the authority can be held responsible for them.