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Prof Jo Winning

  • Overview



    • Jo is currently working on the monograph Beyond a Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing. The focus of the book
      constellates around illness, language, subjectivity and the
      clinical encounter. It aims to theorise these relations in new and productive ways. Taking Michael Balint's notion that in the clinical encounter there is a 'confusion of tongues' between clinician and patient as a starting point, it asks how these two subjectivities – of clinician and patient - are constituted. It looks to psychoanalytic frameworks to help understand these, and to probe the space that exists between them. Since the clinical encounter requires some kind of communication, so the book then turns to the question of language and asks what of the different languages of clinician and patient? If Elaine Scarry is right that pain 'destroys language' (and this remains to be debated) what other forms of communication - for example poetry, art, photography, music, sound -might prove productive for the communication of pain and illness? In addition to regarding both pathography and the poetics of illness, the book looks to examples from contemporary art practice, music and film soundtrack to consider communication in the clinical encounter. Taking an applied medical humanities approach, the book straddles the very different disciplinary fields of biomedical science, clinical practice and the humanities disciplines.

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Assistant Dean for Equalities
    • Programme Director, BA Liberal Arts
    • Programme Director, MA Applied Medical Humanities
    • Director, Centre for Medical Humanities


  • Research


    Research overview

    Jo Winning has research interests in 20th-century and 21st-century literatures, culture, theory and practice.

    Specific interests include: modernisms, especially female and lesbian modernism; critical and cultural theory in the twentieth century; theories of gender and sexuality; lesbian subjectivities and cultural production; psychoanalysis and its theories; relations between illness, language and the clinical encounter; medical humanities and the interface between critical theory in the humanities and clinical practice in medicine.

    Research Centres and Institutes

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I welcome doctoral research applications in the following areas:

    - modernisms, especially female and lesbian modernism
    - critical and cultural theory in the twentieth century
    - theories of gender and sexuality
    - lesbian subjectivities and cultural production
    - psychoanalysis and its theories
    - relations between illness, language and the clinical encounter
    - medical humanities

    I am also interested in discussing PhD research with clinicians who are thinking of undertaking research in the field of medical humanities.


    Teaching modules

    • Perspectives, Practices and Patients (Core 1) (AREN024S7)
    • Psycho-Social Research: Working Below the Surface (AREN027Z7)
    • Reading and Writing the Contemporary (AREN223S7)
    • Finding a Leg to Stand On: Clinical, Critical and Creative Approaches to the Human Body (AREN245S6)
    • Modernism and its Others (AREN253S6)
    • Production of the Human: Decolonising the Canon (AREN257S4)
    • Becoming Modern (ENHU049S7)
    • A Confusion of Tongues: Illness, Language, Writing (ENHU119S7)
    • Critical Entanglements in the Medical Humanities (SSHC483S7)
    • Methods: Medicine, Culture, Text (SSHC484S7)
  • Publications




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