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Prof Clark Lawlor

Professor of Eighteenth-Century English Literature

Department: Humanities

Clark studied English literature at the University of Oxford before specialising in eighteenth-century literature for his MA and PhD at the University of Warwick, although he also retained an interest in American Literature.

ADSS Clarklower Facultystaff 255I studied English literature at the University of Oxford before specialising in eighteenth-century literature for my MA and PhD at the University of Warwick, although I also retained an interest in American Literature. I then spent a year teaching at Northumbria University as a Visiting Lecturer before taking up post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Aberdeen for three years, where I worked in the field of literature and medicine. After that I spent a year doing further post-doctoral research at the Johns Hopkins University in the USA and Oxford University, UK. I then returned to Newcastle and, having taught at both Northumbria and Newcastle Universities for a year, I took up a full post at Northumbria in 2000. I became a Reader in 2007 and a Professor in 2013. I have published widely in eighteenth-century and Romantic literature and am reviewer and referee for several international journals in the areas of literature and/or the history of medicine.

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 410

0191 227 4993


BA Hons (Oxford), MA, PhD (Warwick)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I have tended to focus on representations and narratives of the body and mind, particularly disease, in literature. At present I am Director of a three-year Project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, on 'Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, ca. 1660-1832', in collaboration with Professor Allan Ingram and Dr Leigh Wetherall Dickson, and Dr Jonathan Andrews at Newcastle University. My monograph on representations of consumption (tuberculosis) in literature shows how metaphors of disease are structured by a multiplicity of social factors, including gender, sexuality, class and race, and I continue to extend these ideas in other publications. I have worked on representations of depression in the eighteenth century and beyond as part of my role as co-Director of our three-year 'Before Depression' project, which was funded by the Leverhulme Trust. My most recent monograph is a cultural history of depression.

I have taught many different courses in my career at both Masters and undergraduate level, but at the moment I am offering two third-year options entitled 'Writing the Body 1660-1800' and 'Writing the Body 1800-1900.' These modules, as well as teaching canonical texts, encourage students to find their own primary texts and prepare them for higher-level research. I enjoy teaching both British and American literature. I lecture on some of the core modules, mostly on the subject of long eighteenth-century literature.

Current/Recent Projects

Director, Leverhulme Trust, Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, ca. 1660-1832 (2013-2016), £259,193

Co-Director: Leverhulme Trust , Before Depression: Representation and Culture of the English Malady, 1660-1800 (2006-9), £223,000

Key Publications

Clark Lawlor and Allan Ingram, ‘The gloom of anxiety’: fear in the long eighteenth century’, in Dreadful Passions: Fear in the Literary and Medical Imagination, Medieval to Modern, ed. by Daniel McCann and ‎Claire McKechnie-Mason (Palgrave, 2018), pp. 55-78.

Clark Lawlor and Jonathan Andrews,  Editors and Intro., Special Edition of the Journal of Literature and Medicine, '"An Exclusive Privilege … to Complain": Framing Fashionable Diseases in the Long Eighteenth Century.' 35 (2) (2017),  pp. 239-269.

'"The History of Half the Sex": Fashionable Disease, Capitalism, and Gender in the Long Eighteenth Century.' Literature and Medicine, 35 (2) (2017), pp. 355-386.

Clark Lawlor and Anita O'Connell, Editors and Intro, Special Edition ‘Fashioning Illness in the Long Eighteenth Century’. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 40 (4) (2017), pp. 491-501.

‘Laurence Sterne, Fame and Fashionable Disease’. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 40 (4) (2017), pp. 519-535.

From Melancholia to Prozac: a History of Depression (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Clark Lawlor and Valérie Maffre (eds.), Figures et culture de la dépression (1660-1800) / The Representation and Culture of Depression, the European Spectator, vols 10 and 11, ed. (Montpellier: Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2011)

Allan Ingram, Stuart Sim, Clark Lawlor, Richard Terry, John Baker and Leigh Wetherall Dickson, Melancholy Experience in Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century:Before Depression, 1660-1800 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2011).

'The Paradoxical Pleasures of Romantic Disease', in Romanticism and Pleasure, ed. Thomas H. Schmid and Michelle Faubert (Palgrave Macmillan 2010)

Consumption and Literature: The Making of the Romantic Disease (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2006) - Shortlisted for the European Society for the Study of English Literature Book Prize 2006-08.

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