'Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be'
As any reader of Dracula or The Castle of Otranto will know, Gothic literature is big on bodies: sick and deformed, dying and undead, vulnerable and threatening. Professor Brandy Schillace of Winona State University, Minnesota, is fascinated by this obsession with the corporeal – both as a scholar and as a writer of young adult Gothic fiction. Brandy joined me in Wellcome Collection’s club room to discuss Gothic bodies and minds, and to tell us why London is the place to be for any self-respecting vampire.
You can listen to & download the podcast using the embedded player below, or (if you prefer) you can go straight to the Sick City Project page on Soundcloud. This is the second in a regular series of podcasts, in which I’ll be exploring the history, literature, art and science of medicine in London (and occasionally further abroad). Keep an ear out for future talks on medieval lepers and medical ballet.