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. In 2010 I published Romanticism: An Introduction (Continuum). in 2013 I published Creating Romanticism: Case Studies in the Literature, Science, and Medicine of the 1790s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). With Tim Fulford, I co-edited the Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy, to be published in four volumes by OUP in 2019.

The Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy
Fulford , T., Ruston, S. 27/05/2020 Oxford : Oxford University Press. 2304 p. ISBN: 9780198705864.

Editing Humphry Davy's letters: "Work in progress in Romanticism”
Fulford, T., Lacey, A., Ruston, S. 8/08/2019 In: Literature Compass. 16, 8, 3 p.
Journal article

Humphry Davy: Analogy, priority, and the “true philosopher”
Ruston, S. 3/07/2019 In: Ambix. 66, 2-3, p. 121-139. 19 p.
Journal article

New Studies on Humphry Davy: Introduction
James, F.A.J.L., Ruston, S. 3/07/2019 In: Ambix. 66, 2-3, 8 p.

Chemistry and the Science of Transformation in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Ruston, S. 15/05/2019 In: Nineteenth-Century Contexts. 41, 3
Special issue

'High' Romanticism: Literature and Drugs
Ruston, S. 3/10/2018 In: The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism . Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 341-354. 14 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Ruston, S. 23/05/2017 In: The Routledge Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Science . London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Humphry Davy in 1816: Letters and the Lamp
Ruston, S. 2/03/2017 In: The Wordsworth Circle. 48, 1, p. 6-16. 11 p.
Journal article

The medical dangers of literary genius
Ruston, S. 1/10/2016 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.
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