Northwestern University

Oct
12
Thu 12:00 PM

Wilkie Collins and the Health Benefits of Leisure-Reading - Hosanna Krienke

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When: Thursday, October 12, 2017
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM  

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, 1st floor, Searle Seminar room, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Bryan Morrison   312.503.1927

Group: Medical Humanities & Bioethics Lunchtime Montgomery Lectures

Category: Lectures & Meetings

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Description:

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities and Bioethics  program presents

A Montgomery Lecture

with

Hosanna Krienke, PhD (Northwestern University)

Research Fellow for the "Diseases of Modern Life" Project

Saint Anne's College, Oxford University

Wilkie Collins and the Health Benefits of Leisure-Reading

Why read fiction? Many thinkers have argued that fiction can teach moral and ethical lessons, or widen readers’ experiences of the world. But for some Victorian writers, including sensation novelist Wilkie Collins (1824-1889), fiction offered a vital opportunity to “do nothing.” This talk will examine how Victorians talked about the value of leisure-reading as a healthful, and even therapeutic, practice that could recuperate readers from the endemic stresses of modern life. Using Collins’s 1868 novel The Moonstone as an example, we will ultimately consider how such defenses of ‘doing nothing,’ though seemingly opposed to moral lessons, could also lead to surprising ethical insights

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