Professor Sally Shuttleworth

Professor of English Literature; Fellow of St Anne's College


Professor Shuttleworth's most recent book, The Mind of the Child: Child Development in Literature, Science and Medicine, 1840-1900, deals with a range of literary texts, including Dickens, Brontë, Eliot, Meredith, James, Hardy, and Gosse, in the light of the emerging sciences of child psychology and psychiatry, and the impact of evolutionary theory.   She is currently extending her work on the interface of literature, science and culture with two large projects: ‘Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives’ and ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries’.

She teaches Victorian literature and culture and is a former Head of the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford.


  • The Victorian novel, including George Eliot, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy
  • Victorian childhood
  • Literature and science
  • Ideas of self and the body in the nineteenth century

Media experience

Professor Shuttleworth has experience in both radio and television.