Matthew L. Reznicek
Matthew L. Reznicek is Associate Professor of Medical Humanities at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he uses eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and Irish literature to explore the impact of social, historical, and cultural factors in the experience of medicine and health. He has published widely on the intersection of health and citizenship in the long-nineteenth century, including on writers like Maria Edgeworth, Sydney Owenson, Walter Scott, Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Charles Dickens in journals like Irish University Review, Nineteenth-Century Literature, and Éire-Ireland. His first monograph, The European Metropolis: Paris and Nineteenth-Century Irish Women Novelists, was published with Clemson University Press/Liverpool University Press in 2017. He is co-editing The Irish Bildungsroman, 1800-Present for Syracuse University Press and The Corpse in Irish Literature for Liverpool University Press. He currently serves as President of the American Conference for Irish Studies.
Matthew L. Reznicek utilizes Medical Humanities and History of Medicine to better understand eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and Irish Literature. He is currently completing a monograph on the politics of health in the Romantic genre of the National Tale, including works by Jane Austen, Walter Scott, Maria Edgeworth, Sydney Owenson (Lady Morgan), and Germaine deStaël. Previously, he has published on biopolitics and death in the National Tale; urban infrastructure and public health in nineteenth-century novels; the corpse and abjection in Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Maria Edgeworth; and on teaching healthcare inequities through Austen's Mansfield Park.
I teach at the intersection of literature and Medical Humanities or History of Medicine. Arguing that eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature best reveals the impact of the Social Determinants of Health, my teaching explores ideas of health, illness, disability, and the intersection with gender and class in the works of authors like Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Walter Scott, Elizabeth Gaskell, Maria Edgeworth, and others.
Mary M. Thomas, Ph.D. Program in the History of Medicine, Exec. Ofc. and Admin. Spec.
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