Sharon Ruston is a Professor of Romanticism in the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University. Her main research interests are in the relations between the literature, science and medicine of the Romantic period, 1780-1820.
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    Drugs and poetry in the early nineteenth century

    The Commission on Narcotic Drugs takes place in Vienna from Monday 17th to Friday 21st March 2014. Its purpose is ‘to review the progress made, and the challenges encountered, since the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action on the World Drug Problem’. At such a moment, it is worth having a think about how differently drugs were thought about in a time before they had become illegal and when they seemed to hold such potential for good.