Stella Bolaki

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Stella Bolaki is a Senior Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Kent. She was previously a lecturer in American Literature at the University of Glasgow, having taught before that at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests lie in multi-ethnic American literature, Black studies, illness narratives, disability studies and medical humanities.

She has recently completed a new monograph titled Illness as Many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) that explores the aesthetic, ethical and cultural importance of contemporary representations of illness across different arts and media. In addition, she has co-edited a collection of essays documenting the transnational legacies of Audre Lorde (University of Massachusetts Press, 2015), and a special issue of the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies focusing on the American counterculture (2015).

In collaboration with the Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, she is currently organising an exhibition of Martha Hall’s artists’ books in Canterbury (Beaney Art Museum, April-August 2016) and a symposium/workshop on artists’ books and the medical humanities that are funded by the Wellcome Trust. Please visit for further information.