Professor Sharon Ruston

Professor

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, published in four volumes by OUP in 2020. The Science of Life and Death in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was published in November 2021 by the Bodleian Library Press.

What did Humphry Davy write in his notebooks?
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Davy Notebooks Library Workshop
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

International Conference of Three Societies on Literature and Science
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Protean Poetics in Humphry Davy's Notebooks
Invited talk

The Davy Notebooks Project
Invited talk

The Science of Life and Death in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

BARS-Wordsworth Grasmere Digital Event: Romanticism and Science: The Case of Sir Humphry Davy
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Talk to the Friends of the Wordsworth Trust
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Poetry Reading Workshop
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Humphry Davy's Notebook
Invited talk

Davy Notebooks Project travelling exhibition (London, Morpeth, and Grasmere)
Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Romantic Science
Invited talk

Davy Notebooks Project ‘Science and/or Poetry: Interdisciplinarity in Notebooks’ conference
Participation in conference - Academic

Davy Notebooks Project ‘Science and/or Poetry: Interdisciplinarity in Notebooks’ conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Davy Notebooks Project Online Volunteers’ Meeting (24 July 2023, on Teams)
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Laughing gas and the scientific pursuit of the sublime
Festival/Exhibition/Concert

The Science of Life and Death in Frankenstein
Invited talk

'Laughing gas and the scientific pursuit of the sublime'
Festival/Exhibition/Concert

Honorable Mention for the Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters
Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Digital Humanities
  • FASS Health Hub
  • Lancaster Centre for Digital Humanities
  • Literature, Science and Medicine