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English PGR Seminar: Sally Shuttleworth – ‘Fears and Phobias in the Victorian Age’ – Thursday 1 February 2018
February 1 @ 5:15 pm - 7:15 pmFree
‘Fears and Phobias in the Victorian Age’
The late nineteenth century was an era preoccupied with fear, and the medical diagnosis of phobias. The American psychologist, G. Stanley Hall, for example, identified no less than 136 different types of pathological fear. In this talk, I explore the intersection of cultural, literary and medical discourses of fear in the period, looking particularly at the impact of literary texts on emerging psychiatric theories of phobia.
Sally Shuttleworth is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. In her most recent book, The Mind of the Child: Child Development in Literature, Science and Medicine, 1840-1900 (OUP, 2010), she 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. She is currently extending her work on the interface of literature, science and culture with two large projects, for which she is Principal Investigator. She holds a European Advanced Investigator grant for a five year project, ‘Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives’. She is 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’. She is working with Professor Gowan Dawson at the University of Leicester, and her colleague in Astrophysics at Oxford, Professor Chris Lintott, and also their partner institutions, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Society, and the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons.
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