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Catherine Charlwood

Research Assistant
Catherine Charlwood

Dr Catherine Charlwood is a Research Assistant with the Diseases of Modern Life team. Her current book project concerns memory in the poetry of Thomas Hardy and Robert Frost, and she has previously published on morality and mourning in Hardy’s verse, nationalism and amnesia in Ishiguro’s novels, and methodology in literature and science scholarship. Her research within the Diseases project concerns physical pain, particularly the ways in which pain intersects with ideas of class and profession. As interest in occupational health grew during the nineteenth century, theories of (and vocabulary surrounding) work-related pains, or ‘craft palsies’ proliferated. This research considers how developments in what would now be termed pain medicine are borne out in literary depictions of physical pain, as well as what can be gleaned from the Victorians for current ideas about Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) in the workplace. A former schoolteacher, Catherine is passionate about having students not only engage with but actively enjoy nineteenth century literature and culture.