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- Wilfrid Laurier University
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- 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
“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.
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- Country Focus
- Expertise by Geography
- British Isles, England, United Kingdom
- Expertise by Chronology
- 19th century
- Expertise by Topic
- Gender, Medicine, Military, Sexuality, Urban History