Dr Marie Allitt (MA(Hons), MScR, PhD)

Early Career Teaching and Research Fellow in Twentieth Century Literature

Contact details

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3.04
21 Buccleuch Place

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Availability

  • Office Hour: Wednesdays, 10-11. Please make an appointment.
    3.04, 21 Buccleuch Place (please note this is up 3 flights of stairs: if you foresee access problems, get in touch and we can find another space)

Background

I began as Early Career Teaching and Research Fellow in Twentieth Century Literature in Autumn 2021. Prior to moving to Edinburgh, I was Humanities and Healthcare Fellow at the University of Oxford, on the project ‘Advancing Medical Professionalism: Integrating Humanities Teaching in the University of Oxford’s Medical School’. Since May 2019, I have also been Postdoctoral Research Assistant for the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research, firstly at the University of Leeds, and then Durham University.

I completed my PhD in 2018, at the University of York. I received my MSc by Research from the University of Edinburgh in 2014, and my MA(Hons) from the University of Glasgow in 2013. 

Undergraduate teaching

Literary Studies 1A

Dissertation Supervision (4th year)

Postgraduate teaching

Modernist Aesthetics, Literature and Modernity MSc

Research summary

My research focuses on modern and contemporary literary medical humanities and medical life writing. This is very interdisciplinary, often drawing on the history of medicine and human geography, as well as literary studies and critical medical humanities. My first monograph, Medical Caregiving Narratives of the First World War: Geographies of Care, will be published with Edinburgh University Press in 2022. This work explores first-hand life writing by a range of voluntary and professional caregivers during the First World War, with specific attention to experiences and representations of spaces and senses. 

Prior to joining Edinburgh, I was Humanities and Healthcare Fellow at the University of Oxford, on the Wellcome ISSF project ‘Advancing Medical Professionalism: Integrating Humanities Teaching in the University of Oxford’s Medical School’, where I developed and delivered a new humanities-led professionalism curriculum to medical students. I have undertaken research into medical education (including its history), and perceptions of medical professionalism and professional identities. 

I have been involved in several Wellcome Trust funded projects. I am a core collaborator on a Wellcome small grant project ‘Senses and Modern Health/care Environments: Exploring interdisciplinary and international opportunities’, which is generating collaborative cross-disciplinary research and outputs on the history and contemporary experiences of British hospitals, which culminates in 2022. I was also co-investigator on the Wellcome Discretionary Award, ‘Thinking Through Things: object encounters in the medical humanities’, which developed visual and material culture approaches to medical humanities, engaging with the Wellcome Collection, in connection with the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research and Durham’s Institute for Medical Humanities.

Subject specialisms: medical humanities; medical education; war literature; 20th and 21st century literature; life writing; literary geography; spatiality; disability studies; mental health; 

Current research interests

I am currently researching spatiality, environments, and geographies in chronic illness and pain narratives, with explicit focus on narrative style, space, and experimentation, which also addresses unexplained and poorly diagnosed illnesses and gut health.