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Prof Clark Lawlor


Department: Humanities

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 and major presses in the areas of literature and/or the history of medicine. I have been Principal Investigator for two Major Leverhulme projects: Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, ca. 1660-1832 (2013-2016), and Writing Doctors: Representation and Medical Personality ca. 1660-1832 (2018-2021).

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 106 (Institute of the Humanities)


English PhD June 30 1994

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Sleep and Stress Management in Enlightenment Literature and Poetry, Lawlor, C., Blackwood, A. 6 Jun 2020, In: Interface Focus
  • 'Chaos dark and deep', Lawlor, C. 2019, Writing and constructing the self in Great Britain in the long eighteenth century, Manchester University Press
  • ‘The gloom of anxiety’: fear in the long eighteenth century’, Lawlor, C., Ingram, A. 1 Jan 2018, Dreadful Passions: Fear in the Literary and Medical Imagination, Medieval to Modern, Palgrave
  • Fashion and Illness in Eighteenth‐Century and Romantic Literature and Culture, Lawlor, C., O'Connell, A. 1 Dec 2017
  • Fashioning Illness in the Long Eighteenth Century, O'connell, A., Lawlor, C. 1 Dec 2017, In: Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Introduction "An Exclusive Privilege … to Complain": Framing Fashionable Diseases in the Long Eighteenth Century, Andrews, J., Lawlor, C. 31 Dec 2017, In: Literature and Medicine
  • Laurence Sterne, Fame and Fashionable Disease, Lawlor, C. 1 Dec 2017, In: Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Special issue, Andrews, J., Lawlor, C. 21 Dec 2017
  • "The History of Half the Sex": Fashionable Disease, Capitalism, and Gender in the Long Eighteenth Century, Lawlor, C. 31 Dec 2017, In: Literature and Medicine
  • ‘Halfe Dead: and rotten at the Coare: my Lord!’: Fashionable and Unfashionable Consumption, from Early Modern to Enlightenment, Lawlor, C. 28 Sep 2016, Disease and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture, London, UK, Palgrave

PGR Supervision

  • Laurence Sullivan Start: 07/01/2019
  • Leanne Cane ‘As To the Education of Youth’: The Novels of Charlotte Smith and the Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Education Debates Start: 01/10/2015
  • Ashleigh Blackwood Managing Maternity: Reproduction and the Literary Imagination in the Eighteenth Century Start: 02/10/2012

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

I research literary and artistic representations and their effects on the realities of medicine, and vice-versa. My core periods are the 'long eighteenth century' and Romantic periods, but I have written on cultural histories of disease, especially, consumption/tuberculosis, and melancholia and depression, from Classical times to the present day. I show how literary templates help to construct social percpetions and therefore lived experience of diseases. I have been involved in, or run, Leverhulme Trust  major research projects on depression, fashionable diseases, and medical writings. See the following:PI Writing Doctors: Representation and Medical Personality ca. 1660-1832  A Leverhulme Trust Major Project; PI Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, ca. 1660-1832 A Leverhulme Trust Major Project; Co-Director  Before Depression: Representation and Culture of the English Malady, 1660-1800 (2006-9), £223,000


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