Professor Laura Salisbury

Laura is an associate Professor in Medicine and English Literature and am currently the Director of Postgraduate Research. She has research and teaching interests in modernist, postmodernist and contemporary fiction; medical humanities; modernity and the contemporary; poststructuralism; philosophies of temporality, ethics and affect; psychoanalysis; neuroscience and language.

Laura has published widely on the work of Samuel Beckett, including a monograph entitled Samuel Beckett: Laughing Matters, Comic Timing (Edinburgh University Press, 2012). This academic year, she is completing another monograph — Aphasic Modernism: Revolutions of the Word — which is a study of the relationship between modernism, modernity, and early twentieth-century neuroscientific conceptions of language. Laura is also beginning research for a book for Edinburgh University Press called Slow Modernism.

Laura is a co-investigator on the AHRC-funded research Network Modernism, Medicine and the Embodied Mind with Ulrika Maude (Bristol) and Elizabeth Barry (Warwick). With Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck), she is beginning a critical theoretical study of Waiting Times in the NHS.