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Professor Laura Salisbury

Professor in Medicine & English Literature


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Telephone: 01392 725480

I am Professor in Modern Literature and Medical Humanities. My room is 119 in the Queen's Building.

I have research and teaching interests in modernist, postmodernist and contemporary fiction; medical humanities; modernity and the contemporary; poststructuralism; philosophies of temporality, ethics and affect; psychoanalysis; neuroscience and language.

I have published widely on the work of Samuel Beckett, including a monograph entitled Samuel Beckett: Laughing Matters, Comic Timing (Edinburgh University Press, 2012).  I am completing another monograph -- Aphasic Modernism: Revolutions of the Word -- which is a study of the relationship between modernism, modernity, and early twentieth-century neuroscientific conceptions of language. I am also researching a book for Edinburgh University Press called Slow Modernism.

I work in the English Department and in the Wellcome Trust Centre for the Cultures and Environments of Heath. In the Centre, I am currently leading a Beacon project on the role and constitution of facts in health decision making.    

With Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck) I am joint PI on a 5-year Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award called 'Waiting Times'. This project is working to uncover what it means to wait in and for healthcare. I am currently beginning work on a cultural history of waiting in modernity.