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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Amy Boesky

english department

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Department Chair

A.B., Harvard College
M.Phil. in Renaissance English, University of Oxford
Ph.D., Harvard University

Stokes Hall S495
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. 02467

Phone: 617-552-3810
Fax: 617-552-4220

Academic Profile

Amy Boesky is Chair of the Department and directs BC’s minor in Medical Humanities. Trained in early modern literature, she regularly teaches courses on early representations of self, body, and biomedical culture. Author of a memoir on her family’s experience with hereditary cancers, What We Have (Penguin, 2010), she is also editor of The Story Within, a collection of personal essays on genetics and identity (Hopkins, 2013). Her creative nonfiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, Michigan Quarterly, and Kenyon Review (online). Amy’s new work focuses on narrative medicine and personal writing about breast cancer, from the early modern period to the present.

Publications (selected)

  • What We Have: A Memoir (Penguin, 2010).
  • The Story Within: Personal Essays on Genetics and Identity, Johns Hopkins Univ. Press (2013).
  • “The Ghost Writes Back,” Kenyon Review online
  • “This is How We Live: Witnessing and Testimony in BRCA Memoirs,” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 2014.
  • “From Diagnosis to Gnosis: Writing, Knowledge and Repair in Breast Cancer and BRCA narratives.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (Johns Hopkins), Winter, 2015.