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Dr Andrew Mangham

Dr Andrew Mangham
Job Title:
Associate Professor



Co-Director, Faculty research theme: Interdisciplinary Research in Humanities and Science Director, MA Nineteenth-century Literature and Culture

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Areas of Interest

My primary area of interest is the intersections between law, medicine and literature in the nineteenth century. I began my research career by looking at the links between Victorian conceptions of female psychopathology, the insanity plea in criminal courts, and sensation fiction of the 1860s. Since then I've gone on to develop an interest in Charles Dickens and forensic medicine and I'm currently writing a second monograph on the different negotiations of moral truth that we see in forensic textbooks of the Victorian age and Dickens's narratives. Of decidedly morbid interests, I've explored the links between anatomy and the gothic, and much of my teaching at the University is informed by these studies.

I am interested in all forms of interdisciplinary scholarship - especially if it involves linking literature to the history of science. I currently supervise PhD projects on Dickens and Medicine, Knife Culture in the Victorian Period, Jeanette Winterson, and literary representations of the Royal Society. I always welcome new enquiries about PhD supervision.

For a complete list of my teaching, please see Andrew Mangham Teaching and Convening .

Academic Affiliations:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Advisory Editor, Oxford Bibliographies Online
  • Member of Editorial Board, Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing
  • Member of Editorial Board, Merope

Research groups / Centres


  • Violent Women and Sensation Fiction: Crime, Medicine and Victorian Popular Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
  • The Cambridge Companion to Sensation Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Sensation Fiction







  • The Female Body in Medicine and Literature (Liverpool University Press, 2011). Co-edited with Greta Depledge.                                                                             The female body                                           




For a complete list of my publications, please see Andrew Mangham Further Publications

Violent Women and Sensation Fiction - Andrew Nash




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