Susan Wells, Professor of English at Temple, is a scholar whose work has repeatedly explored the relation between medicine and rhetoric. She has published two books in this area, Out of the Dead House (Wisconsin, 2001), on nineteenth century women physicians and scientific writing, and Our Bodies Ourselves and the Work of Writing (Stanford, 2010). She's currently at work on a book about Renaissance physician and writer Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy. Her presentation at this colloquium, co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, will focus on her work on Robert Burton. Responses will be from Jennifer Waldron (English, University of Pittsburgh) and Peggy Knapp (English, Carnegie Mellon University).