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Dr Rhiannon Cogbill

Dr Rhiannon CogbillIndependent Scholar
I am an early career researcher working at the intersection of twentieth-century literature, medical humanities and disability studies. I was awarded a PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2021 for my thesis, ‘Health and Unhealth: The Condition of Women in the Fiction of Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson and May Sinclair’.

Research and Teaching Interests

My current research explores the role and value of the medical institution in twentieth-century literature. More specifically, my Glasgow Medical Humanities Early Career Foundation Award project focuses on the Gartnavel Gazette, a periodical produced during the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by patients from what is now Gartnavel Royal Hospital. I am conducting primary research into the key themes and trends of the ‘new series’ of the Gazette — which promised to ‘[bring] the X Rays to bear on Gartnavel’ — to form a critical account of the interests and activities of those who produced literary work within an institutional medical environment.