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University of Oxford Faculty of English

Shuttleworth, Sally

Position: Professor of English Literature
College: St Anne's
Period/Subject: Victorian

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Research Interests:

In my most recent book, The Mind of the Child: Child Development in Literature, Science and Medicine, 1840-1900 (OUP, 2010), I looked at a range of literary texts, including Dickens, Brontë, Eliot, Meredith, James, Hardy, and Gosse, in the light of the emerging sciences of child psychology and psychiatry, and the impact of evolutionary theory.   I am currently extending my work on the interface of literature, science and culture with two large projects, for which I am Principal Investigator.    I hold a European Advanced Investigator grant for a five year project, ‘Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives’.  I am also Principal Investigator for a large AHRC four year grant in the field of Science and Culture, on ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries’.  I am working with Dr Gowan Dawson at the University of Leicester, and my colleague in Astrophysics at Oxford, Dr Chris Lintott, and also our partner institutions, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Society, and the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons.            

Teaching Areas:

Victorian literature and culture.

Recent Publications:


George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Science (1984),

 Charlotte Bronte and Victorian Psychology (1996),

Embodied Selves: An Anthology of Psychological Texts, 1830-1890 (1998), ed. with Jenny Bourne Taylor;

The Mind of the Child: Child Development in Literature, Science and Medicine, 1840-1900 (2010).

Co-edited collections include:

 Nature Transfigured: Science and Literature 1700-1900 (1989);

 Body/Politics: Women and the Discourses of Science (1990); 

Memory and Memorials, 1789-1914: Literary and Cultural Perspectives (2000);

Culture and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media (Ashgate, 2004),

Reading the Magazine of Nature: Science and the Nineteenth-Century Periodical (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Science Serialised (MIT Press, 2004).

Journal Articles include:

'Spiritual Pathology: Priests, Physicians and The Way of All Flesh', Victorian Studies: a journal of the humanities, arts and sciences 54.4 (2012) doi: 10.2979/victorianstudies.54.4.625


Other Information:

Professor Shuttleworth was elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy in 2015.

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