Adéla Koťátková

Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature from the Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) and master’s degree in Language Consultancy and Literary Culture from the University of Valencia (Spain). She is a pre-doctoral researcher at the Department of Philology and European Cultures at the Jaume I University (Castelló, Spain), as part of the EXPLORA Health language and culture project (CSO2014-61928-EXP).

Literature and medicine are closely connected. Many works that portray experiences of disease have been set in health care facilities, including sanatoriums. Anti-tuberculosis sanatoriums, seen as spaces of isolation and as «death row» have inspired many authors. Twentieth-century novels devoted significant attention to these institutions which, kept far from the rest of society, conditioned both the life and the identity of the sick.