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Jane F. Thrailkill is Bank of America Honors Distinguished Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. A scholar of American literature and health humanities, she publishes widely on the connections among literary study, the sciences, medicine, and philosophy. Her books are Affecting Fictions: Mind, Body, and Emotion in American Literature Realism (Harvard UP, 2007) and Philosophical Siblings: Varieties of Playful Experience in Alice, William, and Henry James (UPenn Press, 2021). Since 2016 she has taught third-year medical students at UNC’s School of Medicine. With Prof. Jordynn Jack, she co-founded HHIVE Lab in 2015 and collaborates with colleagues in the health sciences on interprofessional education projects. She has received recognition for her teaching, including UNC-Chapel Hill’s Board of Governor’s Award.

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