Research Update: Accepted Papers

It’s been a marvelous summer for research. As such, I’m excited to share that two of my full-length research articles have been recently accepted for publication!

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The first, "The (Revised) Clinical Imagination: An Unpublished “Appendix” to The Problem of Pain" is forthcoming in VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center. This paper analyzes a collaboration between two Inklings, namely Dr. Robert E. Havard's contribution to C.S. Lewis's book. While Dr. Havard's original draft included a more nuanced discussion of mental illness, Lewis heavily revised the piece. I offer an overview of the revisions as well as speculate as to why these changes were made.

Second, "“The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”: Undead Bodies and Medical Technology" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Medical Humanities. This paper juxtaposes Poe's short story with the real-life case of Jahi McMath, exploring the intersections between Gothic literature, medical technology, and definitions of death.

I'm thrilled to see these projects into print, and look forward to others! Stay tuned for more updates.

Article: "Robert E. Havard: The Medical Inkling"

"Many are familiar with the Inklings, the Oxford writing group who met throughout the 1930s and 1940s and whose members included C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams. The group’s shared interest in mythopoetic literature and Christian thought has attracted a wide variety of scholars, with many academic journals dedicated to the group or its respective members. Nonetheless, a large number of Inklings remain woefully under-studied, including Robert E.Havard, a Catholic physician, scholar, and poet ..."

Last year, I was invited to write a short piece on Robert Havard for Catholic Medical Quarterly, as part of their “Great Medical Lives” series. I was so excited to reference a review that Dr. Havard had published in this very same journal over sixty years ago! His theological reflections on mental illness are especially worth a read: