Professor Sally Shuttleworth

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 Professor Gowan Dawson at the University of Leicester, and my colleague in Astrophysics at Oxford, Professor Chris Lintott, and also our partner institutions, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Society, and the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons.     

Victorian literature and culture.

Sally Shuttleworth has previously held academic posts at the Universities of Princeton, Leeds and Sheffield, and fellowships at Harvard and Cornell. She moved to Oxford in 2005 to take up the role of Head of Humanities within the university, stepping down in 2011. Her work throughout her career has been focused on the inter-relations of literature, science and culture. Previous books include George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Science (1984); Charlotte Brontë and Victorian Psychology (1996); Embodied Selves: An Anthology of Psychological Texts, 1830-1890 (1998), ed. with Jenny Bourne Taylor. 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).

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

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  • National Health is National Wealth’: Publics, Professions, and the Rise of the Public Health Journal

  • Hanging, crushing, and shooting: animals, violence and child-rearing

  • Anxious Times: Medicine and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Britain

  • Structures of Confinement: Power and Problems of Male Identity

  • ‘“A Borderland in Ethics”: Medical Journals, the Public and the Medical Profession in Nineteenth-Century Britain

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