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Long Eighteenth Century

Meet our staffThe Long Eighteenth Century Group is extremely vibrant and successful, its members having recently won several funding awards from the AHRC and Leverhulme Trust.

The group has a diverse range of interests. We are prominent in the field of medical humanities through Allan Ingram, Clark Lawlor, Leigh Wetherall-Dickson and Anita O'Connell, whose individual and collective work addresses depression and fashionable diseases of the long-eighteenth century. Claudine van Hensbergen, Richard Terry and Helen Williams work on poetry, prose and drama in the early to mid-eighteenth century, with a shared interest in experimental fiction, book history and the developing literary marketplace. The group's expertise in Romanticism includes Clare Elliott who works on transatlantic Romanticism; Pete Newbon who studies Romantic childhood and immaturity; Leigh Wetherall-Dickson who engages with confessional writing; Anita O'Connell who works on dream visions in Romantic poetry, and David Stewart who researches magazines and the culture of literary ephemerality.

Case Studies:

Before Depression: a literary perspective on mental health

Bringing 18th Century literature to a modern audience


The below video shows how Northumbria recently introduced its 18-century research to the public as part of the national Being Human festival.

18th Century Legacies: The Past in our Present. from Northumbria University on Vimeo.

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