Dr. B. Pladek

Brittany Pladek
Dr. B. PladekMarquette University

Marquette Hall, 250

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-1651

Associate Professor


Before coming to Marquette, I received my Ph.D from the University of Toronto, my B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, and taught in the Foundation Year Programme at the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. My primary research fields are British Romanticism (with a particular emphasis on poetry), literature and medicine, and Narrative Medicine. My book, The Poetics of Palliation: Romantic Literary Therapy, 1790–1850 (Liverpool University Press, 2019), examines how Romantic literary writing engaged with British medical ethics and beliefs about pain in the 18th and 19th century and how these beliefs shape contemporary work in the health humanities. Currently, I am working on a co-edited collection examining well-being in pedagogy; an edited edition of medical poetry found in 18th- and 19th-century medical journals and literary magazines; and my second monograph, on collective guilt in nineteenth-century epic poetry. I also enjoy reading and writing literary speculative fiction.

Courses Taught

  • 18th- and 19th-century British literature
  • Literature and medicine
  • Health humanities
  • The western literary tradition
  • Poetry and poetics

Research Interests

  • 18th- and 19th-century British literature and culture
  • Literature and medicine
  • Medical humanities
  • Poetry and poetics


  • The Poetics of Palliation: Romantic Literary Therapy, 1790-1850. Liverpool University Press, 2019.
  • "Beyond the Poet-Physician: Letitia Landon's Reader-Centered Therapy."The Future of Feminist Eighteenth-Century Scholarship: Beyond Recovery, ed. Robin Runia. Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature. New York: Routledge, 2017. 71-88.
  • "Steven Universe.” Review. Science Fiction Film and Television 9.3 (2016).
  • "‘In Sickness Not Ignoble’: Soul-making and the Rejection of Relief in the Hyperion Poems.” Studies in Romanticism 54.3 (2015), 401-428.
  • “‘Soothing Thoughts’: Romantic Palliative Care and the Poetics of Relief.” European Romantic Review 23.3 (2012).
  • “‘A Variety of Tastes’: The Lancet in the Early Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 85.4 (Winter 2011).
  • Short stories in several magazines of speculative fiction.

Honors and Awards

  • 2014-15 Marquette University Summer Faculty Fellowship
  • 2014-15 Marquette University Regular Research Grant
  • 2011-12 University of Toronto Fellowship
  • 2007-11 University of Toronto Connaught Scholarship

Additional Information

Office Hours

Spring 2022

  • Wed 9:00-12:00 (in person)

    Teaching Schedule

Spring 2022

  • 3241/103 MW 2:00-3:15 David Straz 356
    • Crafting the Short Story
  • 6800/101 MW 3:30-4:45 David Straz 356
    • Studies in Genre: History and Historicism

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