Melissa Dickson

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

I joined the department in January 2018, having worked for nearly 4 years as a Postdoctoral Researcher on ‘The Diseases of Modern Life’, an ERC funded project based at St Anne’s College, Oxford, investigating nineteenth-century cultural, literary, and medical understandings of stress, overwork, and other disorders associated in the period with the problems of modernity. I have a PhD in English from King's College, London, and an MPhil, BA, and University Medal from the University of Queensland, Australia.

My research focuses on the relationships between Victorian literature, science, medicine, and material culture. I am particularly interested in the study and depiction of the senses and in particular on new ways of listening and thinking about sound in the nineteenth century. My current work is on explorations of the body’s physiological and psychological responses to sound and music in the nineteenth century. I teach across the long nineteenth century.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I welcome research projects and postgraduate supervision in any of (and any combination of) the following areas within nineteenth-century studies:
• Literature and Science
• Literature and Medicine
• Literature and Music
• Representations of the Senses
• Empire and the Orient
• Material Culture