Carolyn Lyle Research

I have conducted pioneering work in the field of classical reception, in my studies of connections between English Literature and sources in Ancient Greece and Rome; my most recent book examined material from AD 96 to 2006, paying particular attention to the development of historical novels. I am also particularly inteterested in relationships between English Literature and the History of Science, especially medicine: I have studied developments in the theory and practice of resuscitation and childbirth between 1580 and 1800. Sexuality, the body, and gender, with particular reference to the same period, have also provided subjects for my research. Drama, on page and stage, has also been a major concern of mine: as well as publishing and speaking in conferences, I have directed several plays.

I co-directed, with John Goodman, a production of The Tamer Tamed (c. 1609) by John Fletcher, 20-29 November 2008, at the Progress Theatre, Reading, involving members of Progress and Rell-the-tamer-tamedeading University personnel. The play was on the first year syllabus, and I adapted the script to make it easier for a modern audience to follow, without incorporating modernisations. I also worked with the company to devise an induction, based on early modern material on gender and sexuality, that would help the audience to understand the early modern world into which the play would lead them. ell-lyle-woman-to-woman





I am on the Editorial Board of the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies (formerly British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies).As well as refereeing for this journal, I have refereed articles and books for Configurations, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Journal for the British Society for Literature and Science, Journal of the Northern Renaissance, Modern Language Review, Studies in English Literature, Women's Writing, Macmillan, Manchester University Press, The Modern Humanities Research Board and the University of Delaware Press.

Research groupings

Internal: Committee member of Early Modern Research Centre.



I organised the international Mind>Body Conference, University of Reading, 12 July, 2007.


April 7, 2000: discussion on 'Jonathan Hancock', TVFM.

April 11, 2000: discussion of Madame Bovary on Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4.

December 11 and 16, 2000: appeared in programme on Boadicea on BBC Knowledge.

December 11, 2000: discussion of Boadicea on Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4.

September 26, 2001: discussion of satire on the Simon Mayo show, BBC Radio 5 Live.

Acted as consultant to Spire Films for Boadicea: Fact or Fiction?, Channel 4, June 6, 2002.

November 12, 2003: discussion of Jane Austen's Emma on BBC Radio Berkshire

Selected Conference Papers and Other Addresses

13 May, 2000: Keynote speaker at an international conference on 'Dysfunctional Families' at the University of Warwick. My paper was entitled 'Women and Children Last? The effects of Patriarchy on Family Survival.'

November 17, 2000: Gave an invited lecture entitled 'I See a Voice: The Limits of Literature' at the Department of Continuing Education, University of Reading.

January 13, 2001: Read a paper entitled 'Elizabeth Carter and Catherine Talbot: Rational Piety in The Rambler' at a meeting of the Johnson Society, London.

March 23, 2001: Read a paper entitled 'Onanistic Plants and Parturient Sires: Erasmus Darwin and Graded Sexual Function' at a meeting of the Enlightenment Research Seminar, London.

April 4, 2001: Read a paper entitled 'The Darker Side of Resuscitation: James Boswell, William Dodd, and Another Dr Johnson' at the Royal Society of Medicine, London.

February 17, 2005: Read a paper entitled 'A Tale of Three Frankensteins' at the Reading Pathological Society at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading.

March 27, 2009. 'Getting it wrong: first aid and the changing bodies of literature.' Conference of the British Society for Literature and Science, University of Reading.

January 5, 2010. 'Celebrating the Century of Resuscitation' at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference at St Hugh's College, Oxford.

June 19, 2010. 'Adeline de Montalt in Ann Radcliffe's The Romance of the Forest. Are Her Journeys Really Necessary?' at the Celebrating Women's Writing Conference, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

July 11, 2010. 'Performing early modern jokes' at the Early Modern Research Centre Conference on Controversy, Protest, Ridicule, Laughter, 1500-1750, University of Reading.

January 6, 2011. 'Deathless Passions: Disembodied Emotions in the Long Eighteenth Century' at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference at St Hugh's College, Oxford.

November 12, 2011. 'The Afterlife of Antigonus' at The Winter's Tale Symposium, University of Liverpool.

April 14, 2012: 'Raffles and Bunny: Gothic's Lost Boys?'at the Bram Stoker Centenary Conference, University of Hull.



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