Dr Sarah Sharp

Dr Sarah Sharp
Dr Sarah Sharp
Dr Sarah Sharp


Accepting PhDs



Sarah Sharp completed her doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2016. She has held positions as a Leverhulme Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Otago, working within the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, and an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin. She was selected for a Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar Award in 2018 and was based at the University of South Carolina.  She joined the University of Aberdeen in 2019 as a Lecturer in Scottish Literature working between the Department of English and the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies where she is a Deputy Director. 



External Memberships

Sarah is the secretary of the Universities Committee for Scottish Literature.

Latest Publications

  • Kirkyard Romanticism: Death, Modernity and Scottish Literature in the Nineteenth Century

    Sharp, S.
    Edinburgh University Press
    Books and Reports: Books
  • A club of “murder-fanciers”: Thomas De Quincey’s essays “On Murder” and consuming violence in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine

    Sharp, S.
    Nineteenth-Century Contexts, vol. 45, no. 5, pp. 445-462
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Peter's Letters to his Kinfolk. By John Gibson Lockhart. Edited by Peter Garside and Gillian Hughes. The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Works of John Gibson Lockhart. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2023. ISBN 9781399500708 (hbk). 2 vols, 976pp. Hbk/ebook. £175.00.

    Sharp, S.
    Scottish Literary Review, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 73-75
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles
  • Introduction: Scotland, Culture and Empire

    Sharp, S.
    Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, vol. 11, no. 1, 1
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Scotland, Culture and Empire

    Sharp, S.
    Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, vol. 11, no. 1
    Contributions to Journals: Special Issues

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Research Overview

Sarah's research is focused on Scottish Literature and the Long Nineteenth Century. She has published articles on James Hogg, shipboard diaries, Robert Burns, crime fiction and settler colonialism. Her first book Kirkyard Romanticism: Death, Modernity and Scottish Literature in the Nineteenth Century will be published by Edinburgh University Press in September 2024. 

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in English.

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Accepting PhDs

Current Research

Sarah is an editor of the Routledge Companion to Scottish Literature and is co-editing a volume in the Edinburgh Edition of Walter Scott's Poetry.

Her latest research considers ideas of 'Cottage Scottishness' in the context of Empire. 


My current supervision areas are: English.

Sarah is enthusiastic about supervising postgraduate work on Scottish writing in the long nineteenth century, particularly work that considers Scotland's global literary connections. Her authors of interest include Robert Louis Stevenson, James Hogg, John Wilson, John Galt, J.G. Lockhart, Catherine Helen Spence, Margaret Oliphant and John Buchan. She's also happy to hear from students interested in the Gothic, death studies, medicine in literature, crime fiction/Tartan Noir, diaspora and national identity, shipboard writing and shipwrecks, Scots language writing and Romanticism.

Funding and Grants

Sarah has previously held personal fellowships from the Wolfson Foundation, the Carnegie Trust, the Leverhulme Trust, the Fulbright Commission, and the Irish Research Council. She has been part of funded projects supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 




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