Anupama Shukla

Thesis title: Metaphors, Euphemisms, Stigma: Epilepsy in Literature

  • Department of English Literature, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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17/11 St Leonard's Lane

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I completed my Bachelors in English Literature with honours from Delhi University, India. I then finished my Masters from Shiv Nadar University, India. After my Masters, I worked briefly as an Assistant Editor at Dorling Kindersley.

Undergraduate teaching

English Literature 2 (September 2021-April 2022)

Literary Studies 2A (September 2022 onwards)

Current research interests

My research is based in the medical humanities. My work focuses on the representations of epilepsy in nineteenth century literature, and on epilepsy as a product informed by scientific, literary, as well as socio-political discourses of the time. Specifically, I am looking at the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky and Margiad Evans to understand how they represent their experience of illness. My research aims to explore how practices of criticism can evolve to engage with the voices of those living with chronic conditions and disabilities, to gain a better understanding of these subjective and vivid experiences.

Conference details

"Epilepsy in Dostoevsky's The Idiot - Language, Stigma, and Mythology" at Public Health, Private Illnesses: ECR Medical Humanities Symposium, University of Glasgow, UK, 2020

"On the Borderlands of Representation: Understanding Epilepsy" at Inside/Outside, English Graduates Academic Conference, University of Oxford, UK, 2021