I am a Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter, where I teach modules in early modern literature.  Prior to joining Exeter in September 2018, I was based at Cardiff University, where I taught for four years on the BA and MA English Literature degrees, also completing my PhD there in early 2018.  My thesis explored hospitality in Shakespeare’s plays, and I am currently working on a monograph on hospitality in early modern literature and culture.  In 2018/19 I am a Holland Visiting Fellow at Durham University.  During my three-month research fellowship, I will be investigating the History of Science Printed Collections.  This project reflects my developing interest in the medical humanities and, in particular, early science writings and work related to the history of the emotions.

I welcome proposals from academic or creative practitioners working at the intersection of the medical humanities and any of the following areas: 

  • Medieval and Early Modern  
  • English Literature 
  • History of Science
  • History of the Emotions 

While in no way limited to these suggestions, prospective submissions might include: critical pieces, reflective accounts, and insights into research projects or works-in-progress. I am also interested in how we teach the medical humanities, and would welcome articles related to pedagogy.  I am keen to promote the research of early career academics and I would especially like to encourage submissions from PhD students and independent scholars.  If you would like an informal discussion please don’t hesitate to contact me at sophie.e.battell@durham.ac.uk