Dr Noelle Dückmann Gallagher

Senior Lecturer in 18th C British Literature

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Research interests

My research focuses on Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and culture, with a particular interest in the health humanities. 

My most recent book-- Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination (2019)-- examines the representation of venereal disease in British literature and graphic art produced between 1660 and 1830.  I explore some of the objects and concepts associated with venereal infection in this period, with chapters devoted to considering the links between infection and manliness, prostitution, foreigners, and deformed or missing noses. You can learn more about it by visiting the Yale University Press website: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300217056/itch-clap-pox

My first book, Historical Literatures: Writing about the Past in England 1660-1740 (Manchester University Press, 2012) surveys some of the forms in which Restoration and early-eighteenth-century writers represented their nation's past.  More specifically, it argues that many of the genres that critics now conceive of as "literary" -- genres like verse satire, personal diary, and scandal chronicle-- were also being used, quite self-consciously, as forms of historical writing.  

I've also published on the representation of epidemic disease, cancer, and on the relationships between literature and medicine. Additional research interests include poetic form and genre, satire and satiric theory, the novel, and autobiography.  



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