The Male Body in Medicine and Literature - Deadline 1 December 2012

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Greta Depledge and Andrew Mangham

Call for Papers: The Male Body in Medicine and Literature (ed. by Greta Depledge and Andrew Mangham)

Following the success of the recent collection The Female Body in Medicine and Literature (LUP 2011) Liverpool University Press have commissioned a companion volume entitled The Male Body in Medicine and Literature. This new collection will provide interdisciplinary essays that will explore the complex intersections between literature and the medical treatment of the male body. We wish to consider the wider cultural ramifications of the representation of the male body, health, sickness, masculinity and 'manhood' in order to further our understanding of gender studies, gender politics, science, medicine and literature.

The purpose of this book will be to survey the complex relations between literature and the medical treatment and representation of the male body from 1600 to the present day and we are seeking essays which offer a range of methodologies that will be interdisciplinary in their discussion of medicine of the male body, the cultural representation of male corporeality in sickness and in health, and the wider cultural ramifications of male health, its intersections with masculinity and manhood. We expect the essays to draw on a wide range of topics that have been informed by cross-pollinating disciplines including literature, history of medicine, gender studies and gay fiction. This collection will offer a major new analysis of the medical treatment and cultural representations of the healthy and sick male body from the early modern period to the present. This will be one of the first single-volume books to concentrate on the links between literature and medicine in their shared dedication to understanding the male body. The healthy male body has a complex relationship with ideas of masculinity, manhood and male power; plus, the health and strength of the male body is linked to ideas of nation at times of war and at times of peace; this book will seek to address these issues and more.

Essays might cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Male hysteria
Male consumptives
War, conflict and the male body
Virility, fertility and impotence
Male nursing
The working class male body and medical experimentation
Mental health and the male body
Sexually transmitted diseases and the male body

Please submit articles for consideration between 5000 – 7000 words to Greta Depledge ( and Andrew Mangham ( by 1st December 2012.

Contributors should follow LUP's house style, details of which can be found on their website: