Leticia Fernández-Fontecha

Visiting Scholar

Columbia University

Leticia Fernández-Fontecha is a historian with special interests in the history of science and pain and its relationship to the conceptualization of art, reason and human nature. During her stay as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University she is completing a book that reveals the forms of objectification of painful experience and the rhetorical modalities that have allowed the cultural understanding of childhood pain across the ages, with a focus on British medical discourse from the advent of Darwinism until the dawn of the welfare state. She is the author of the poetry collection La Piel o el Cuerpo (Pre-textos), which won the National Spanish Poetry Prize Unicaja, and Hysteria from the Archives.