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Reviews that have appeared on the British Society for Literature and Science website in July 2018


A list of books for which we are currently seeking reviewers can be found here.
Please email Gavin Budge on <> if you would like to propose a book for review  - anything published from 2017 onwards will be considered.

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Reviews that have appeared on the British Society for Literature and Science website in June 2018


A list of books for which we are currently seeking reviewers can be found here.
Please email Gavin Budge on <> if you would like to propose a book for review  - anything published from 2017 onwards will be considered.

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Friday 26 October 2018

School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London

Supported by the Birkbeck/Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund and the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

Keynote speaker: Dr Anne Hanley (Birkbeck)

In In Darkest London (1891), Margaret Harkness’s popular novel about activism to alleviate poverty conditions in late nineteenth-century London, a doctor practising in a slum neighbourhood speaks of the ‘disease of caring’ that prompts him to give medical care to people in need of much wider social change. Harkness herself had trained as a nurse and pharmacist and her medical knowledge continued to inform her activist work throughout her working life. Both her own career and the fictional doctor in her novel reflect how, as medical care became increasingly professionalised over the course of the nineteenth century, discourses of medicine, social influence, and activism also grew interlinked. From the radical revisions of care provision developed by nurses such as Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale during and after the Crimean War, to the widening of access to safe and effective birth control by activists from Annie Besant to Marie Stopes, to the founding of the NHS, to protests of junior doctors in the present day, the giving of medical care has often been a radical act, and givers of medical care have often allied themselves with a wide range of activist causes. This one-day symposium will aim to create a dialogue between examples and intentions of medical activists historically and in the present day.

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers on medical activism in a broad sense. Papers may wish to address the following topics:

* Equality of care and access to care

* Conditions for medical work and care-giving, from field hospitals in the Crimean War to present-day hospital crises

* Personal recognition within the medical profession, from women’s right to practise to demonstrations and strikes of junior doctors

* Public health, from sanitation projects in the nineteenth century to obesity in the present day

* Medical care as activism, from slum doctors in the nineteenth century to Médecins sans frontières

* The activism of medical professionals in non-medical fields

* Patient choice and engagement

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to <> by Monday 30 July. Please include with your abstract a biographical statement of no more than 100 words.

Proposals for poster presentations are also welcome. If your proposal is for a poster presentation, please indicate this clearly.

For more information, please visit: Follow us on Twitter: @diseaseofcaring

The Journal of Literature and Science is once again looking for reviewers to review various articles in the field of literature and science published in the last year to 18 months.

Please find below a number of articles that we would like to offer for review. The list is by no means definitive; there’s such a lot of fascinating work out there, so please do let me know if there’s an article not on the list that you’d like to review.

It’s largely first come, first served, so do get in touch with an offer to do a specific article

Reviews should be 750 words long. For more details please follow the link: or contact Michelle to register your interest.


Heather Meek. “‘The Wonders of Medicine in Literary Education’: Teaching Eighteenth-Century Hysteria.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 30. 3 (2018): 439-448.

Paul Gilmore, “Charles Brockden Brown’s Romance and the Limits of Science and History.” ELH 84. 1 (2017): 117-142.

Mary Kuhn, "Dickinson and the Politics of Plant Sensibility." ELH 85. 1 (2018): 141-170.

Pascale McCullough Manning. “The Hyde We Live In: Stevenson, Evolution, and the Anthropogenic Fog.” Victorian Literature and Culture 46. 1 (2018): 181–99.

Katelin Krieg, “Ruskin, Darwin, and Looking Beneath Surfaces.” Victorian Literature and Culture 45. 4 (2017): 709–26.

Michelle Boswell, “Poetry and Parallax in Mary Somerville’s On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences.” Victorian Literature and Culture 45. 4 (2017): 727–44.

Melissa Dickson, “Confessions of an English Green Tea Drinker: Sheridan Le Fanu and the Medical and Metaphysical Dangers of Green Tea.” Victorian Literature and Culture 45. 1 (2017): 77–94.

David Shackleton, “H. G. Wells, Geology, and the Ruins of Time.” Victorian Literature and Culture 45. 4 (2017): 839-855.

Elisavet Ioannidou, “Neo-Victorian Visions of the Future: Science, Crime, and Modernity Victoriographies.” 8. 2 (2018: 187-205.

Margaret S. Kennedy, “A Breath of Fresh Air: Eco-Consciousness in Mary Barton and Jane Eyre.Victorian Literature and Culture 45. 3 (2017): 509-526.

Eleanor Dobson, “Gods and Ghost-Light: Ancient Egypt, Electricity, and X-Rays”. Victorian Literature and Culture 45.1 (2017): 119-35.

Veronica Alfano, “Technologies of Forgetting: Phonographs, Lyric Voice, and Rossetti’s Woodspurge.” Victorian Poetry 55. 2 (2017): 127-161.

Matthew Rebhorn, “Billy’s Fist: Neuroscience and Corporeal Reading in Melville’s Billy Budd.Nineteenth Century Literature 72. 2 (2017): 218-244.

Rachel Fountain Eames, “Geological Katabasis : Geology and the Christian Underworld in Kingsley's The Water-Babies.” Victoriographies 7. 3 (2017): 195-209.

Thomas M. Stuart, “Out of Time: Queer Temporality and Eugenic Monstrosity.” Victorian Studies 60. 2 (2018): 218-227.

Katja Jylkka, “‘Witness the Plesiosaurus’: Geological Traces and the Loch Ness Monster Narrative.” Configurations 26. 2 (2018): 207-234.

L. Lieberman & R. R. Kline, “Dream of an Unfettered Electrical Future: Nikola Tesla, the Electrical Utopian Novel, and an Alternative American Sociotechnical Imagery.” Configurations 25. 1 (2017): 1-27.

Jocelyn Rodal. “Patterned Ambiguities: Virginia Woolf, Mathematical Variables, and Form.” Configurations 26. 1 (2018): 73-101.

Caracheo, “The Measurement of Time: Mann and Einstein’s Thought Experiments.” Configurations 25. 1 (2017): 29-55.

Kurt Beals, “‘Do the New Poets Think? It's Possible’: Computer Poetry and Cyborg Subjectivity.” Configurations 26. 2 (2018): 149-177.

Christopher D. Kilgore, “Bad Networks: From Virus to Cancer in Post-Cyberpunk Narrative.” Journal of Modern Literature 40. 2 (2016): 165-183.

The Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, invites applications for a three-year position commencing on September 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Salaries are based on the German public service pay scale 13 TV-L. The position can be adapted for doctoral (completion of Ph.D.) or postdoctoral work, depending on the applicant’s qualifications. Please click here for more information.

Call for Reviewers

The BSLS Reviews site, <>, which publishes c 120 reviews a year, is looking for suitably qualified reviewers for some books that have come in recently, listed on <>. Reviews are c 1000w, and are generally due within three months.

If you are interested, please contact the acting Reviews Editor, Gavin Budge, on <>, with some details about yourself and your interests, and a postal address.

Change of Air: Atmosphere, Health, and Locality in the Romantic Era, 1760-1840

14th September 2018
University of Oxford, Radcliffe Humanities Building, 3rd Floor Seminar Room.

The pursuit of a ‘change of air’, and its supposed effects on mental and physical health, is one of the most recognisable forms of environmental awareness in the long eighteenth century. However, it has yet to be fully incorporated into our understanding of place and locality in Romantic-era culture. This interdisciplinary symposium, organised in association with the Oxford Environmental Humanities research network, will demonstrate how air’s significance as a medical and environmental influence can take us beyond M. H. Abrams’ influential concept of the Romantic ‘Correspondent Breeze’, exploring how atmosphere was also an important medium of local, regional, and national difference.

Confirmed Speakers include: Rowan Boyson (KCL) [Keynote], Harriet Guest (York), Tim Fulford (DMU), Mary-Ann Constantine (University of Wales), Jennifer Wallis (QMUL), and William Tullett (IHR).

There are a limited number of free places for students, unwaged attendees, and researchers in part-time employment. Please email the organisers, Dr Erin Lafford (Oxford) and Dr Rhys Kaminski-Jones (University of Wales), to confirm your eligibility for a free place

Remaining Concessions: £10
Full Price: £20

Those who are not eligible for a free place can register here.

This event is being generously supported by TORCH, The Oxford Environmental Humanities Research Network, BSLS (The British Society for Literature and Science), BSECS (The British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies), BARS (The British Association for Romantic Studies), and RECSO (Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies Oxford).

For further information please see the event website:

Following the success of the JLS/BSLS essay prize in previous years, The JLS and the British Society for Literature and Science would like to announce the 2018 prize for the best new essay by an early career scholar on a topic within the field of literature and science.

Essays should be currently unpublished and not under consideration by another journal. They should be approx. 8,000 words long, inclusive of references, and should be send by email to both Josie Gill, Communications Officer of the BSLS (, and Martin Willis, Editor of the JLS(, by 5pm on Friday, 31st August, 2018.

The prize is open to BSLS members who are postgraduate students or have completed a doctorate within three years of this date.

(To join BSLS, go to

The prize will be judged jointly by representatives of the BSLS and JLS. The winning essay will be announced on the BSLS website and published in the JLS. The winner will also receive a prize of £100.

Read previous prize winning essays in the JLS:

The MDRN research lab at the University of Leuven (Belgium) is launching a new research programme on “Literary Knowledge, 1890-1950: Modernisms and the Sciences in Europe”.
Six competitive, full-time doctoral scholarships will be awarded within this programme supervised by Sascha Bru.
A call for applications can be found on:
The deadline for applying is 1 September.
We are looking forward to over 120 presentations at The Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities conference at the University of Kent. The conference schedule and schedule of panel presentations are now online at our website:
Registration Rates (3-day attendance, refreshments and lunch included):
Full rate
Delegates: £230.00
Students: £170.00
Daily rate: £80.00
For any queries contact

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