Catherine Jones is Senior Lecturer in English and Coordinator of the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Medical Humanities.
A graduate of the University of Cambridge, she taught British and American Literature at the National University of Ireland, Galway (1997-99), before moving to the University of Aberdeen to hold the posts of Lecturer (2000-13) and Senior Lecturer (2013-). She has also worked as a Visiting Scholar at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in the USA (2004). In 2017-18 she held a Royal Society of Edinburgh / Caledonian Research Fund European Visiting Research Fellowship and a Leverhulme Trust International Academic Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute, Leiden University, in the Netherlands.
She has published widely in such areas as Enlightenment and Romantic literature and culture; literature and the other arts; and medical humanities.
She is currently researching and writing on the medical worlds of early modern northern Europe, focusing on the connections between the ideas, practices and institutions of anatomy, medicine and science in Scotland, the Netherlands, and Russia in the age of Enlightenment.
Her first book was a study of Walter Scott's engagement with the medico-philosophical discourses of the Scottish Enlightenment: Literary Memory: Scott's Waverley Novels and the Psychology of Narrative (Bucknell University Press, 2003). She continues to publish on Scott, particularly his treatment of Scottish history, and his impact on nineteenth-century literature, music and painting.
In a subsequent book, Literature and Music in the Atlantic World, 1767-1867 (Edinburgh University Press, 2014), she offered the first interdisciplinary account of the interweaving of literary and musical genres in this period of transatlantic history. The book was awarded the British Association for American Studies annual book prize for the best book in American Studies.
She is also the co-editor (with David Duff) of a collection of essays, Scotland, Ireland, and the Romantic Aesthetic (Bucknell University Press, 2007), which contributed to the evolution of an 'archipelagic' approach to British and Irish Romanticism.
Recent articles and book chapters focus on the international influence of Scottish medical ideas upon literary practice, and the development of medico-literary genres. She contributed a chapter on 'Benjamin Rush, Edinburgh Medicine and the Rise of Physician Autobiography' to a volume on Scottish Medicine and Literary Culture, 1726-1832, edited by Megan Coyer and David E. Shuttleton (Rodopi, 2014), and a chapter on 'Tobias Smollett, Travel Writing and Medical Botany' to a volume on The Scottish Enlightenment and Literary Culture, edited by Ralph McLean, Ronnie Young and Kenneth Simpson (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016). A chapter on 'Writer-Physicians' is forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism, edited by David Duff (Oxford University Press, 2018). An article on 'Collectors of Natural Knowledge: The Edinburgh Medical Society and the Associational Culture of Scotland and the North Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century' was published in the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (2018).
She is a collaborator in the Romantic National Song Network, led by Professor Kirsteen McCue, University of Glasgow, and funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2017-18).
2003-13: Her research on literature and music in the Atlantic world was supported by grants from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (2003, 2009, 2012, and 2013) and the British Academy (2004-6).
2013: She was awarded a grant from the Wellcome Trust (Humanities and Social Sciences funding area) in support of the 2013 annual conference of the Association for Medical Humanities, which was held in Aberdeen on the theme of 'Global Medical Humanities'.
2017: Her research on the Edinburgh-Leiden medical nexus was supported by a grant from the Caledonian Research Foundation / the Royal Society of Edinburgh, held at the Scaliger Institute, Leiden University.
2018: She currently holds a Leverhulme Trust International Academic Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute, Leiden University.
Her current undergraduate teaching includes five English courses: Literature and Medicine; American Insurrections: Writing, Self and Nation, 1776-1865; Romanticism; Union, Enlightenment and Modernity: Scottish Literature 1750-1850; and The Tragedy of Knowledge. She also contributes to the teaching of the taught MLitt in English Literary Studies.
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She is a Board Member of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society.
She is an Academic Line Manager in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, and Programme Coordinator of the intercalated BSc degree in Medical Humanities.
Supervision of Research Students
She welcomes inquries from potential research students interested in pursuing work in the fields of eighteenth-century and Romantic studies, literature and the other arts, and medical humanities.
Recently completed and successfully examined research student work under her supervision:
PhD: '"Fine old castles" and "pull-me down works": Architecture, Politics and Gender in the Gothic Novel of the 1790s'.
PhD: '"Pulled Hither and Thither": The Conflict Between Creativity and Economic Circumstance in the Selected Prose Work of Herman Melville'.
PhD: 'An Imperial Enlightenment? Notions of India and the Literati of Edinburgh, 1723-1791'.
The Centre for Medical Humanities
The University of Aberdeen's Centre for Medical Humanities was established in 2009 to provide a focus for the development of research, teaching, and public engagement activities in the field of medical humanities. For further information on the Medical Humanities courses that form part of the MB ChB degree, see: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/medical/humanities/