Tom Hey

Tom Hey


Thesis Title

Eating Disorders and Contemporary Literature: Representation, Affect, and Experience


Lancaster University


Dr Sara Wasson
Dr Lindsey Moore
and Dr Liz Brewster

Research Summary

My research examines representations of eating disorders in contemporary literature. By centring everyday experiences of eating disorders, I develop ethical and sensitive ways of reading literary texts which sit with – rather than seek to resolve – textual discomfort. I observe literary texts as sites in which eating disorders are constantly negotiated and reformulated, and seek to examine what eating disorders do, the lifeworlds which they unfold.

Research Interests

Critical medical humanities,
illness narratives,
affect theory
and postcolonial theory.


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