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On the Brink of the Grave: Early Stories of Blood Transfusion

Seminar Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Ann Kibbie

Assistant Professor of English, Bowdoin College

This lecture will focus on the medical and cultural history of transfusion before the twentieth century, from the ill-fated experiments of the late seventeenth century to the re-introduction of the practice in nineteenth-century England. The early stories of transfusion include first-person accounts of medical/surgical experiments, medical case histories, and lectures delivered to medical students; as well as works of popular literature, such as satires and tales of sensation and horror.


Ann Louise Kibbie is Assistant Professor of English at Bowdoin College, specializing in the literature of the long eighteenth century. She received her B.A. from Boston University, and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her publications include essays on Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders and Roxana, Samuel Richardson's Pamela and Clarissa, and eighteenth-century "it-narratives" (tales told by things). Her current book project, entitled On the Brink of the Grave: Transfusion in Literature and Medicine, 1666-1897, is a medical, literary, and cultural history of the development of blood transfusion in Great Britain.

Assigned Reading

Miss Braddon, "The Good Lady Ducayne," The Strand Magazine (January 1896)

Selections from John Paul Riquelme's edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula [1897] (Bedford/ St. Martin's Press, 2002)


A reception will be held at 5pm at the UNE Art Gallery


Center for Global Humanities


(207) 221-4335

6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public