Postcolonial Studies Research Seminar Series

Depressed States: Narratives of Mental Health and Neo-colonialism

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As part of the Post Colonial Research Seminar Series (2017-2018), Dr Amy Rushton presents: 'Depressed States: Narratives of Mental Health and Neo-colonialism'.

  • From: Wednesday 29 November 2017, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 29 November 2017, 2 pm
  • Location: 101, Mary Ann Evans, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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Event details

As part of the Post Colonial Research Seminar Series (2017-2018), Dr Amy Rushton presents: 'Depressed States: Narratives of Mental Health and Neo-colonialism'.

As part of Dr Amy Rushton’s current research-in-progress: tentatively titled ‘Depressed States’, Dr Rushton’s project explores how twentieth century and contemporary novels narrativize chronic mental health issues — specifically, severe and suicidal depression. Dr Rushton is particularly interested in how fictional narratives intervene and disrupt ‘common sense’ ideas of mental health as perpetuated by neoliberal policy and ideologies since WWII. Dr Rushton argues that fictional narratives open up new ways of understanding mental health as symptomatic of an unsustainable neoliberal worldview and alert us to the consequences of ongoing psychiatric and psychological (neo-)colonialism. More importantly, Dr Rushton argues that fictional narratives potentially offer modes of resistance to such discourse and practice.
Dr Rushton shall be making reference to the chapter she is currently writing for World Literature, Neoliberalism and the Culture of Discontent (ed. Sharae Deckard and Stephen Shapiro for Palgrave's New Comparisons in World Literature series), which discusses narratives of suicide and rejection of neoliberalism in recent North American novels. Dr Rushton will also refer to material on the depressive colonial subject and resistance in classic Anglophone African novels: this is material for a new lecture Dr Rushton will be delivering on the Postcolonial Texts module.

For any enquiries please contact the Research Office by email, or by telephone on +44 (0)115 848 2301.

Location details

Room/Building:

101, Mary Ann Evans

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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