Welcome to the Medical Humanities Network
Welcome to the Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The medical humanities complement, contextualise and critique purely biomedical, technological or other reductive accounts of what it means to experience illness, encounter disease or transact a therapeutic relationship. In addressing how we comprehend health, sickness, disease and “the embodied life”, such concerns are examined from a range of professional and patient perspectives. This website is intended to act as a forum to connect individuals working across a range of disciplines and practices at the University of Glasgow, who are interested in the intersections of medicine, culture, and the arts and humanities. Megan Coyer & Hannah Tweed
As one of the most internationally revived playwrights, Shakespeare’s works are continually reinterpreted to suit different theoretical aims. My project, based in theatre studies, explores how such interpretations engage with psychological discourses to suit modern views on mental illness. In doing so, I ask how Elizabethan insanity, through contextual shifts in social perception and diagnostics, might translate to the contemporary stage. The key questions underpinning this research include: how have theatre practitioners represented madness in contemporary Shakespearean stage adaptations? What dramaturgical approaches are used in such adaptations to portray insanity? How do these representations fit into and/or contest current debates on mental illness? With this aim, I seek to also interrogate theatre’s role in constructing and challenging meanings of madness. Specific areas of interest for this research include: Elizabethan and modern discourses on psychology/psychiatry, adaptation processes, Shakespeare studies, dramaturgical practices and gender studies.