My main research interests are in the relations between the literature, science and medicine of the Romantic period, 1780-1820. My first book, Shelley and Vitality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), explored the medical and scientific contexts which inform Shelley's concept of vitality in his major poetry. Since then, I have been working on Mary Wollstonecraft's interest in natural history, William Godwin's interest in mesmerism, and Humphry Davy’s writings on the sublime; these form chapters in my most recent book, Creating Romanticism: Case Studies in the Literature, Science, and Medicine of the 1790s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). I am currently co-editing the Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy and his Circle.
Romantic literature and science, medicine and technology; Romantic poetry; literature and science; literature and medicine; animals and literature; Romantic women's writing; literature and chemistry; literature and natural history.
2013-present: Lancaster University: Chair in Romanticism
2009–2013: University of Salford: Chair in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
2006–2009: Keele University: Senior Lecturer in English
2000–2006: University of Wales, Bangor: Lecturer in English Literature
MHRA Senior Research Associate for the Davy Letters Project (2014-15): £2300 (Lead-PI)
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards: Extended Programme with the Working-Class Movement Library (2010-15): £230,000 (Co-PI)
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Training Programme (2009-11): ‘Theories and Methods: Literature, Science and Medicine’ (www.LitSciMed.org.uk): £48,131 (Lead-PI)
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Royal Institution (2009-12): £50,040 (Lead-PI)
British Academy Small Research Grant (February 2010): £7390. Project: The Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy and his Circle (Lead-PI)
RISF Funding, University of Salford (January 2010): £3750. Project: The Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy and his Circle (Lead-PI)
Society for the History of Chemistry and Alchemy (SHAC) (January 2010): £1000. Project: The Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy and his Circle (Lead-PI)
Wellcome Trust Research Expenses Grant (January 2010): £4993.50. Project: The Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy and his Circle (Co-PI)
British Society for the History of Science Grant (October 2009): £500. Project: The Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy and his Circle (Lead-PI)
British Academy Small Research Grant (July 2008): £4575. Project: ‘Vital Romanticism: Literature, Science and Medicine in the Romantic Period’
British Academy Small Research Grant (July 2007): £2125. Project: ‘Mary Wollstonecraft and Natural History’
AHRB Research Leave to match institutional leave granted by University of Wales, Bangor (September British Academy Small Research Grant for research in the British Library and the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (February 2004): £2871
British Academy Small Research Grant for research during the summer of 2003 in the British Library and the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (January 2003): £2668
British Academy American Libraries Exchange Agreement grant for research at the Huntington Library in California (June 2002): $5000
Course Convenor: British Romanticism
Course Convenor: Monstrous Bodies
The Theory and Practice of Criticism
I am currently co-editing, with Professor Tim Fulford, the Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy and his Circle (to be published in four volumes by OUP in 2018). The project website is here: www.davy-letters.org.uk. I am also co-editing, with Dr John Holmes, the Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century Literature and Science, and writing the chapter on 'Chemistry' (to be published in 2015).
I am currently Deputy Head of Department and Research Director for the Department of English and Creative Writing.
I am an external examiner for the University of Glasgow. I sit on the Executive Committee of the British Society for Literature and Science. I am a Fellow of the English Association.
The Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy and his Circle: www.davy-letters.org.uk
‘When respiring gas inspired poetry’, The Lancet, 381 (2 February 2013), 366–67: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2813%2960157-9/fulltext
Guardian Blog Post (November 2013): http://www.theguardian.com/science/the-h-word/2013/nov/12/mary-wollstonecraft-gbbo-feminism-nature-nurture
Royal Society Podcast (September 2012): http://royalsociety.org/events/2012/rights-of-woman/
Aeolian Harp Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/sounding-out-aeolus/sounding-out-aeolus-podcast-4
University of Liverpool
University of Wales, Bangor
Professor Sharon Ruston
B92, County Main
Department of English and Creative Writing
Lancaster University LA1 4WY
Tel: 01524 592248
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Research output: Book/Report/Proceedings › Book