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Dr Lindsey Stewart

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Professional biography

My first degree was in English from the University of Sussex. I went on to do an MA in English with the OU which was awarded with distinction in 2014, followed by an AHRC-funded PhD which was awarded in 2018. I have a background in policy planning at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and have also worked as a secondary English teacher.

Research interests

I am interested in the intersections between Victorian literature, psychology and health. My PhD examined the cultural mythology around the psychiatric idea of 'monomania'. I am currently working on connections between the nineteenth-century novel, the environment and psychology.

Impact and engagement

In press: 'Desperate Housewives: Dinah Mulock Craik's 'The Double House' in Fiction and 'The Woman Question' from 1850 to 1930 ed. by Nicola Darwood, Bob Owens and Alexis Weedon (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020)

''A New and Fierce Disorder's Raging': Monomania in Mary Barton (1848)', Journal of Victorian Culture, published 17 Feb 2019

Review of Suzanne Keen's Thomas Hardy's Brains: Psychology, Neurology, and Hardy's Imagination, The British Society for Literature and Science, accessible here:

I also write regularly for the popular magazine, Emag, for teachers and students of Advanced level English. See:

'Fog, smog, ecocriticism and late-Victorian Gothic', Emag, 85:2019, 14-17

'Porphyria's Lover: a close analysis', Emag, 63:2014, 43-45 

'Frankenstein: The Eloquence of the Creature Made Real', Emag, 52:2011, 60-63





‘A New and Fierce Disorder’s Raging’: Monomania in Mary Barton (1848) (2019-10)
Stewart, Lindsey
Journal of Victorian Culture, 24(4) (pp. 492-506)