Dr Donna McCormack

Research Interests

Medical Humanities 

Queer Theory

Postcolonial Fiction

Contemporary Film

Disability Studies

Theories of Evolution and Monstrosity

Research Collaborations

I am currently the coordinator of the Nordic Network for Gender, Body, Health:


ELI3042 Travel Cultures, ELI1025 Understanding the Novel, ELI2012 Contemporary Literature: Gender and Sexuality

Departmental Duties

Dissertations Tutor

Contact Me

Phone: 01483 68 6173

Find me on campus
Room: 33 AC 05

My office hours

Thursday 2-4 pm Friday 1-2pm


Journal articles

  • McCormack D. (2017) 'Living with Others Inside the Self: Decolonising Transplantation, Selfhood and the Body Politic in Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring'. BMJ Publishing Group Medical Humanities,
    [ Status: Accepted ]
  • McCormack D. (2016) 'Transplant Temporalities and Deadly Reproductive Futurity in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 21 Grams'. Sage European Journal of Cultural Studies, 19 (1), pp. 51-68.


    This article explores the generally pathologized relationship between organ recipients and the families of deceased donors. Its focus is Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2003 production 21 Grams because this film brings to the fore both the urgent desire of the organ recipient to be close to the donor family and the purported pathological ramifications of such encounters. Furthermore, the formal representation of time portrays the very ways in which normative structures of temporality are disrupted and perhaps irreversibly altered by the organ transfer process. The article explores how the film forecloses the possibility of the organ recipient and the donor family creating a viable relationship. It argues that the film terminates a transplant temporality by structuring the narrative ending through a normative linear trajectory of reproductive heterosexuality. It concludes with an examination of how the donor family returns to a life of sameness where social norms are restored and repeated, and where transplantees accept a deadly fate so that anxieties about bodily relationality and disruptive temporalities can be assuaged.


  • McCormack D. (2014) Queer Postcolonial Narratives and the Ethics of Witnessing. 1st Edition. Bloomsbury Publishing USA


    With a focus on the aesthetics and politics of queer postcolonial narratives, this book examines how unspeakable traumas of colonial and familial violence are communicated through the body.

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