Participant Info

First Name
Amy
Last Name
Milne-Smith
Affiliation
Wilfrid Laurier University
Website URL
https://www.wlu.ca/academics/faculties/faculty-of-arts/faculty-profiles/amy-milne-smith/index.html
Keywords
Britain, masculinity, Victorian culture, psychiatry, madness, class, crime
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About Me

The main focus of my current research is on representations of men’s mental illness in Victorian culture. This project entails a multi-textual approach, including medical registers, fiction, autobiographies and popular media. Ideas about mental illness were as much a creation of popular culture as medical research, and my work explores those connections. I am currently working on a monograph entitled Madmen in the Attic.

I am completing a SSHRC-funded digital humanities project on contrasting views of Whitechapel before and after the Jack the Ripper murders. This heart of the project is an open-access website tracing popular representations of crime, poverty, and sexuality from 1885-1895. I am also completing an article on the trial of Israel Lipski, and another on the interplay between real life and literary detectives.

My next research project will explore nineteenth-century military psychiatry.

Recent Publications

Mapping Ripper’s Whitechapel: Representations of a Neighbourhood in Victorian London

“Shattered Minds: Madmen on the Railways, 1860-1880,” Journal of Victorian Culture 21:1 (2016): 21-39.

“Queensberry’s Misrule: Reputation, Publicity, and the Idea of the Victorian Gentleman,” Canadian Journal of History 48:2 (2013): 277-306.

London Clubland: A Cultural History of Gender and Class in Late-Victorian Britain, Palgrave Macmillan, New York: 2011.

Media Coverage
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/laurier-peeps-history-dioramas-1.4012194
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Medicine, Military, Sexuality, Urban History