Professor Sharon Ruston


Research Overview

My main research interests are in the relations between the literature, science and medicine of the Romantic period, 1780-1820. My first book, Shelley and Vitality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), explored the medical and scientific contexts which inform Shelley's concept of vitality in his major poetry. My most recent book, Creating Romanticism: Case Studies in the Literature, Science, and Medicine of the 1790s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) has chapters on Mary Wollstonecraft's interest in natural history, William Godwin's interest in mesmerism, and Humphry Davy’s writings on the sublime. I am currently co-editing the Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy and his Circle, to be published in four volumes by OUP in 2018.

The Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy
Ruston, S., Fulford , T. 1/05/2018 Oxford : Oxford University Press.

Davy in 1816
Ruston, S. 1/03/2017 In: The Wordsworth Circle. Spring
Journal article

The medical dangers of literary genius
Ruston, S. 12/07/2016 In: Literature and Medicine. 34, 2, p. 299-319. 21 p.
Journal article

From the life of the Spinosist to life: Humphry Davy, chemist and poet
Ruston, S. 2014 In: Literature and chemistry. Aarhus : Aarhus University Press ISBN: 9788771241747.

Romantic transformation: literature and science
Ruston, S. 2014 In: British romanticism. Routledge p. 571-579. 9 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Creating romanticism: case studies in the literature, science and medicine of the 1790s
Ruston, S. 2013 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 232 p. ISBN: 9781137264282.

'What was I?': Frankenstein, natural history, and the question of what it means to be human
Ruston, S. 2011 In: La Questione Romantica. 3, 1, p. 81-92. 12 p.
Journal article

Authority and imposture: William Godwin and the animal magnetists
Ruston, S. 2009 In: Liberating Medicine, 1720-1835. London : Pickering and Chatto p. 153-164. 12 p. ISBN: 1851966323.

Natural rights and natural history in Anna Barbauld and Mary Wollstonecraft
Ruston, S. 2008 In: Essays and Studies. 61, p. 1-13, 53-71. 32 p.
Journal article