Catherine Jones specialises in the literature and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She studied English as an undergraduate at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where she also completed her PhD. 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), Senior Lecturer (2013-19), and Personal Chair (2019-).
In 2004 she was a Visiting Scholar at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in the USA. 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. In 2018-19 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Netherlands Institute in St Petersburg and the Kunstkamera, St Petersburg, in Russia. In 2020 she will hold a Derek Brewer Visiting Fellowship at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
She has three main research areas -- though in practice they overlap and influence one another as well as leading in new directions.
(i) Enlightenment and Romantic literature and culture.
Her first monograph examined 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.
She co-edited (with David Duff) 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. She recently completed a chapter on 'Irish Romanticism' for The Cambridge History of Irish Women's Poetry, edited by Ailbhe Darcy and David Wheatley (2021).
(ii) Literature and the other arts.
Her second monograph, Literature and Music in the Atlantic World, 1767-1867 (Edinburgh University Press, 2014), 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 developing a follow-on project that will concentrate on Romantic pianism, with particular reference to the German and Russian musical traditions.
(iii) Medical humanities.
She is currently researching and writing a biography of Robert Areskine of Alva (1677-1718), who studied medicine in Edinburgh, Paris and Utrecht, and later became chief physician and councillor to Peter the Great of Russia. Areskine’s life opens a window onto the radically transforming world of Petrine Russia, and provides a way of reappraising the history and historiography of Enlightenment in Northern Europe.
She has published a series of journal articles and book chapters on the physician or surgeon as writer. 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' appeared 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 currently completing an article on 'Scots in the Medical Worlds of France and The Netherlands in the Early Enlightenment', which will focus on Robert Sibbald, Andrew Balfour and Archibald Pitcairne.
She was a member of the Romantic National Song Network, led by Professor Kirsteen McCue, University of Glasgow, and funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2017-19).
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 held a Leverhulme Trust International Academic Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute, Leiden University.
EL5089: Novel Ideas: Reading Prose Fiction (seminars)
EL5585: Irish and Scottish Romanticism, 1760-1830 (convenor; seminars)
EL40HQ: Literature and Medicine (convenor; seminars)
ME44M2: Medical Humanities Dissertation (convenor)
EL30HK: American Insurrections: Writing, Self and Nation, 1776-1865 (convenor; lectures and seminars)
ME33LM: Literature and Medicine (convenor; seminars)
EL35XR: Romanticism (convenor; lectures and seminars)
EL2512: The Tragedy of Knowledge (tutorials)
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External examiner, MLitt in English Studies, University of Dundee (2019-21)
Guest editor, special issue of Humanities, on the topic of ‘The Enlightenment in Literature and Other Art Forms’ (2019).
Director of Research, School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen
Discipline Research Leader in English, University of Aberdeen
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.
She is currently supervising in Aberdeen:
PhD: 'Private Reflections and Public Pronouncements: Caribbean Slavery in the Scottish Consciousness, 1750-1834’ (Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship, in collaboration with the National Library of Scotland).
Recently completed and successfully examined research student work under her supervision:
PhD: ‘Abstruse Research and Visioned Wandering: Neoplatonism and Hinduism in the Poetry of Coleridge and Shelley’.
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'.
Literature and Music in the Atlantic World, 1767-1867, Edinburgh Studies in Transatlantic Literatures (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014) Pp.288
Literary Memory: Scott’s Waverley Novels and the Psychology of Narrative, Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2003) Pp.249
(Ed. and intro. with David Duff), Scotland, Ireland, and the Romantic Aesthetic (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2007) Pp.294
Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters
'Irish Romanticism', in The Cambridge History of Irish Women's Poetry (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021)
‘Memoir of the Early Life of William Cowper, Esq. by William Cowper’, in Disability Experiences, ed. Eric Bargeron and Hollis Beach (Michigan: Gale, 2019)
‘Writer-Physicians’, in The Oxford Handbook of British Romanticism, ed. David Duff (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), pp. 355-70
‘Collectors of Natural Knowledge: The Edinburgh Medical Society and the Associational Culture of Scotland and the North Atlantic World in the Eighteenth Century’, Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 48 (2018), 155-64 10.4997/JRCPE.2018.211
‘Tobias Smollett, Travel Writing and Medical Botany’, in The Scottish Enlightenment and Literary Culture, eds. Ralph McLean, Ronnie Young and Kenneth Simpson (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), pp. 53-76
‘Benjamin Rush, the Yellow Fever, and the Rise of Physician Autobiography’, in Scottish Medicine and Literary Culture, ed. Megan J. Coyer and David E. Shuttleton (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014), pp. 97-122
‘History and Historiography’, in The Edinburgh Companion to Sir Walter Scott, ed. Fiona Robertson (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012) pp. 59-69
‘Romantic Opera in Translation: Carl Maria von Weber and Washington Irving’, Translation and Literature (special issue on Romantic Translation) 20 (April 2011), 29-47 https://doi.org/10.3366/tal.2011.0004
‘The Transatlantic Beethoven Hero’, Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations, 14: 1 (April 2010), 103-22
‘Madame de Staël and Scotland: Corinne, Ossian and the Science of Nations’, Romanticism, 15: 3 (October 2009), 239-53 https://doi.org/10.3366/e1354991x09000750
‘James Beattie and the Ethics of Music’, British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 30: 1 (2007) 55-71 https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1754-0208.2007.tb00325.x
(co-authored with David Duff), ‘Introduction’, in Scotland, Ireland, and the Romantic Aesthetic, ed. David Duff and Catherine Jones (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2007), pp. 11-31
‘Scott, Wilkie, and Romantic Art’, in Scotland, Ireland, and the Romantic Aesthetic, ed. David Duff and Catherine Jones (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2007), pp. 208-35
‘“Magic Numbers and Persuasive Sound”: Musical Enlightenment in Revolutionary America’, in Enlightenment and Emancipation, ed. Susan Manning and Peter France (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2006), pp. 174-92
‘Travel Writing, 1707-1918’, in The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, ed. Ian Brown, Thomas Clancy, Susan Manning, and Murray Pittock (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006), pp. 277-85
‘Hermione Ballantyne’, in Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period database, ed. Nancy Kushigian and Stephen Behrendt (Alexandria: Alexander Street Press, 2002)
‘Hawthorne’s Scotland: Memory and Imagination’, Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations, 4 (2000), 131-51
‘Scott’s The Heart of Midlothian and the Disordered Memory’, in Memory and Memorials, 1798-1914: Literary and Cultural Perspectives, ed. Matthew Campbell, Jacqueline M. Labbe and Sally Shuttleworth (London and New York: Routledge, 2000), pp. 30-45