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.

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)

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