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Professor Pamela K Gilbert

Belcher Visiting Fellow in Victorian Studies

Pamela K. Gilbert is the Albert Brick Professor of English at the University of Florida.  Her most recent book, Victorian Skin: Surface, Self, History, focuses on the history of the body, medicine and realism in the nineteenth century, with special attention to skin and surface. This is an extension of her long-term work on the history of the body and medicine in the period, and on the history of genre and popular literature. Her other books include Disease, Desire and the Body in Victorian Women’s Popular Novels, (Cambridge, 1997); Mapping the Victorian Social Body (SUNY, 2004), The Citizen’s Body (Ohio State, 2007);  Cholera and Nation (SUNY,   2008), in addition to several edited and co-edited collections. Some recent publications include  “Unsettling Affect” and the related essay “Antipathy.” In Victorian Studies.  64.4 (2022); “Responsibility and Community: Narrating the Individual and the Collective in Pandemic Times.” Special Issue Forum on the Pandemic. Journal of Victorian Culture, 27.2 (2022); “Cosmopolitan Skin: Tattoos and Travel in British Fiction”.  La Peaulogie. 5 (Feb, 2021): 20-43. She was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (2016) and Society for the Humanities Fellow at Cornell (2016-17), and has also held research fellowships at IASH at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Warwick and the Wellcome Library. She is the Hilary term 2021 Margaret Belcher Fellow at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University (residing in Trinity term 2023). Her current projects include a book on the history of emotion, and edited collections on the 1860s forthcoming Cambridge UP), and science and literature.

Professor Gilbert is series editor for the SUNY Press book series Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century. She is also on the executive committee for NAVSA (the North American Victorian Studies Association),and has served as elected representative on the Forum LLC Victorian and Early-20th-Century English group for the MLA (Modern Language Association) and on several editorial boards. At UF, she is affiliated with the Center for European Studies and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. She is a founding member of  CISMaC, the Collective for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medicine and Culture at UF. She teaches courses in Victorian Literature and Literature and Medicine.

Belcher Visiting Fellow in Victorian Studies
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