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Professor Andrew Mangham

Areas of interest

My primary research area is the intersection between literature and medicine. 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. Since then I've published monographs on Charles Dickens and forensic medicine and the physiology of starvation and the Victorian social problem novel. I am currently at work on a book about mutations and monstrosities in nineteenth-century science and literature. My work has concentrated on the intellectual and methodological elements that literature and medicine have shared in history. I'm also interested in the gothic, realism, ideas of sexuality and health, real crime, and popular fiction. I always welcome new enquiries about PhD supervision.

I am founder and director of the Centre for Health Humanities, an interdisciplinary group of researchers from across the University. We are interested in the ways the arts and humanities intersect with the questions asked by the sciences of health and wellbeing. As a group, we undertake regular research and public-engagement activities around three major themes: life transition; minds, bodies and sickness; and monsters and the monstrous. Through these interlinking and interdisciplinary areas, we explore some of the most important subjects in health enquiry today, from the phenomenology of sickness, the effects and perceptions of ageing, to cultural understandings of physiological variation. For more information, please follow the link above and/or follow us on Twitter @healthhums

Within the Department of English Literature, I teach modules on literature and medicine, Dickens, the gothic, and Victorian literature.

Selected publications


  • The Science of Starving in Victorian Literature, Medicine and Political Economy (OUP, 2020)
  • Dickens's Forensic Realism: Truth, Bodies, Evidence (Ohio State UP, 2016)
  • Violent Women and Sensation Fiction: Crime, Medicine and Victorian Popular Fiction (Palgrave, 2007)

Edited Collections

  • Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth Century (CUP, 2021)
  • (with Daniel Lea), The Male Body in Medicine and Literature (Liverpool UP, 2016)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Sensation Fiction (CUP, 2013)
  • (with Greta Depledge), The Female Body in Medicine and Literature (Liverpool UP, 2011)
  • Wilkie Collins: Interdisciplinary Essays (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007)