Alanna Skuse is a scholar of early modern literature and history. Her work looks at the 'altered bodies' of amputees and other surgery survivors in early modern England. It considers the social, cultural, and spiritual ramifications of altered bodies, touching on prosthesis, phantom limbs, disability in literature, and bodily resurrection.
Alanna has lectured at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter and is currently Wellcome Trust University Award holder at the University of Reading. She has previously published on early modern treatments for cancer and on the uses of 'canker' in Shakespeare's Sonnets.
Lecturer in English Literature, University of Reading
University of Exeter, PhD English and History
Surgery and Selfhood in Early Modern England: Altered Bodies and Contexts of Identity, Cambridge University Press
‘”With one stroak of his razour”: tales of self-castration in early modern England.’, Social History of Medicine
‘”Keep your face out of my way or I’ll bite off your nose”: Homoplastics, Sympathy, and the Noble Body in the Tatler, 1710’ , Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies
‘Missing Parts in The Shoemaker’s Holiday’ , Renaissance Drama
‘Ravenous Natures’: Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England, c.1580 – 1720. , Palgrave
‘Wombs, Worms and Wolves: Constructing Cancer in Early Modern England’ , Social History of Medicine
Grants and Contracts
“What think you of a wound?”: self-wounding in early modern England.
Surgically altered bodies in early modern England, 1600-1745
Early modern surgery and the manuscript diaries of Rev. John Ward
Folger Shakespeare Library
Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England, 1580-1720