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Alanna Skuse

(MENAFN - The Conversation) Lecturer in English Literature,

Alanna Skuse is a scholar of early modern literature and history. Her work looks at the ''altered bodies'' of amputees and other surgery survivors in early modern England. It considers the social, cultural, and spiritual ramifications of altered bodies, touching on prosthesis, phantom limbs, disability in literature, and bodily resurrection.

Alanna has lectured at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter and is currently Wellcome Trust University Award holder at the University of Reading. She has previously published on early modern treatments for cancer and on the uses of ''canker'' in Shakespeare's Sonnets.

  • –present Lecturer in English Literature, University of Reading
  • 2013  University of Exeter, PhD English and History
  • 2021 Surgery and Selfhood in Early Modern England: Altered Bodies and Contexts of Identity, Cambridge University Press
  • 2019 ''''With one stroak of his razour'': tales of self-castration in early modern England.'', Social History of Medicine
  • 2017 ''Missing Parts in The Shoemaker's Holiday'' , Renaissance Drama
  • 2017 ''''Keep your face out of my way or I''ll bite off your nose'': Homoplastics, Sympathy, and the Noble Body in the Tatler, 1710'' , Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
  • 2015 ''Ravenous Natures'': Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England, c.1580 – 1720. , Palgrave
  • 2014 ''Wombs, Worms and Wolves: Constructing Cancer in Early Modern England'' , Social History of Medicine
Grants and Contracts
  • 2019 ''What think you of a wound?'': self-wounding in early modern England. Role: Principal Investigator Funding Source: Wellcome Trust
  • 2016 Surgically altered bodies in early modern England, 1600-1745 Role: Principal Investigator Funding Source: Wellcome Trust
  • 2015 Early modern surgery and the manuscript diaries of Rev. John Ward Role: Long-term fellow Funding Source: Folger Shakespeare Library
  • 2010 Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England, 1580-1720 Role: Principal Investigator Funding Source: Wellcome Trust


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