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Furman University
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British history, history of medicine, fashion history, 18th century, 19th century
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About Me

Carolyn A. Day is an Associate Professor at Furman University, where she teaches British History and the History of Medicine. She received a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Louisiana State University, an M. Phil in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. from Tulane University in British History. She is the author of Consumptive Chic: A History of Beauty, Fashion and Disease (Bloomsbury, 2017), which focuses on the social space occupied by tuberculosis in the late 18th and first half of the 19th century and investigates the relationship between fashionable women’s clothing, beauty, and illness in Britain.

Recent Publications

Consumptive Chic: A History of Beauty, Fashion and Disease (Bloomsbury, 2017)

“Dying to be Beautiful: Fragile Fashionistas and Consumptive Dress in England” for the Fashion and Illness issue of the Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies, edited by Clark Lawlor and Anita O’Connell.  (October 2017)

Co-authored article with art historian Amelia Rauser, “Thomas Lawrence’s Consumptive Chic: Reinterpreting Lady Manners’ Hectic Flush in 1794,Eighteenth-Century Studies 49.4 (Summer 2016)

“Consumptive Chic” History Today Vol. 68, Issue 7 (July 2018).

“Darwin’s Beard and George Eliot’s Hand’s,” Review of Kathryn Hughes, Victorians Undone: Tales of the Flesh in the Age of Decorum for Public Books


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Great Britain
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
4, 5, 7
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Material Culture, Medicine, Science, Women