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[Commlist] call for contributions: Essays on the Media History of Nurses and Nursing
Fri Mar 20 10:51:01 GMT 2020
*CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: *
Sexpots and Saints: Essays on the Media History of Nurses and Nursing
Proposed collection to be edited by Marcus Harmes, Barbara Harmes and
The intersection between nurses and popular media is longstanding.
Florence Nightingale died in 1910 and British Pathe’s coverage of her
funeral is a very early instance of nurses appearing on film.
Nightingale was the subject of a silent film biography by 1915 and
thereafter film, television, theatre and live performance and other
media have showcased the nurse and the nursing profession. The
familiarity of the nurse is inherently visual; the iconography of nurse
in cap, cape and uniform remains current in realms from the stripper to
the pop culture memories of the matron of the Carry On films, even
though that iconography, especially the cap, has disappeared from real
The presence of the nurse and the nursing profession in popular media
has attracted some scholarly interest. The expression of values and
professional identities, the influence of the popular understanding the
actual, and particular popular culture nurses such as Nurse Ratched from
/One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest/ have appeared in the scholarly
literature. However more remains to be said about the variety of
impressions and the diversity of platforms and representations of
nursing that occur via media depictions that can range from valorising
to sexualising. The interactions between the actual and the fictional,
the capacity of the nurses of popular culture to mirror, distort, or
inspire the nurses of the real world warrants further attention. Does
seeing a nurse on screen inspire people to enter the profession? To what
extent is a gender disparity in the profession attributable to mediated
distillations? If nurses are the caring profession, why are there so
many nurses in horror films? If Florence Nightingale was a secular
saint, why is the profession’s iconography appropriated by the stripper
and the porn actress? These and other questions are starting points for
unpacking the media representations of the nurse.
The proposed volume is intended to be scholarly but accessible in tone
This proposed collection is under contract with a US publisher.
Abstracts of up to 250 words are invited explaining the focus and
approach the chapter will take. Please email (Marcus.harmes /at/ usq.edu.au)
<mailto:(Marcus.harmes /at/ usq.edu.au)> by May 30^th 2020.
Submissions can address any aspect of the intersection of nursing with
popular culture, which itself can comprise media from film, television,
journalism and print cultures, new and digital media, and music,
-Soap opera and drama (Emergency Ward 10, Shortland Street, Angels, Call
the Midwife among others)
-The nurse in horror films
-The sex industry and pornography
-The Carry On films
-Nurses and their reputations in the media (e.g. Florence Nightingale,
-Cultures of nursing
-Popular artefacts of nurses and nursing
-Popular history of nursing and nursing training
-Nursing and propaganda
Each contribution would be 6000words all inclusive. We could not accept
contributions that require the reproduction of images unless you already
hold the rights to reproduce them.
*Associate Professor Marcus Harmes *has published extensively in the
fields of religious and political history, with a particular emphasis on
British religious history and popular culture. His most recent
publications in the field of television studies include /Roger Delgado:
I am usually referred to as the Master /(Fantom Publishing 2017) and
/Doctor Who and the Art of Adaptation /(Rowman and Littlefield, 2015).
He is the author of numerous studies on the church in modern popular
culture, especially on film and television, including book chapters in
the collections /Doctor Who and Race /and /Time and Relative Dimensions
in Faith/, and articles in journals including /Science Fiction Film and
Television/, /Journal of Popular Television / and /Journal of Religion
and Popular Culture/. In 2018 he has edited the Handbook for Springer on
/Postgraduate Education in Higher Education/.
*Meredith A Harmes* teaches communication and works in the enabling
programs at the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. Her
research interests include modern British and Australian politics and
popular culture in Britain and America. Her most recent publication in
the /Australasian Journal of Popular Culture /was on race and cultural
studies on American television. She holds an honours degree from the
University of Queensland in political science as well as a diploma of
modern languages (German) from the University of New England and a
graduate diploma of Journalism and a Masters of Public Relations from
the University of Southern Queensland. She is co-editor of
/Postgraduate Education in Higher Eduaction /(Springer, 2018).//
*Dr Barbara Harmes* lectures at the University of Southern Queensland.
Her doctoral research focussed on the discursive controls built around
sexuality in late-nineteenth-century England. Her research interests
include cultural studies and religion. She has published in areas
including modern Australian politics, 1960s American television and her
original field of Victorian literature.
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