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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
  • 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
  • "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
  • Fashioning Illness in the Long Eighteenth Century, O'connell, A., Lawlor, C. 1 Dec 2017, In: Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Laurence Sterne, Fame and Fashionable Disease, Lawlor, C. 1 Dec 2017, In: Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • ‘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
  • Pathological Bodies: Medicine and political culture, Lawlor, C. Oct 2015, In: Medical History
  • Scottish Medicine and Literary Culture, 1726–1832, Lawlor, C. 2015, In: Bulletin of the History of Medicine
  • Fashionable Disease and Gender in the Long Eighteenth Century, Lawlor, C. 30 Sep 2014, Gender and Disease in Literary and Medical Cultures, Heidelberg, Universitätsverlag Winter
  • Medicine and Narration in the Eighteenth Century, Lawlor, C. Apr 2014, In: The Modern Language Review
  • The Dark Side of Genius: The Melancholic Persona in Art, ca. 1500–1700, Lawlor, C. 2014, In: Bulletin of the History of Medicine

PGR Supervision

  • Ashleigh Blackwood Managing Maternity: Reproduction and the Literary Imagination in the Eighteenth Century Start: 02/10/2012
  • 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


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