Dr Melissa Dickson holds a BA with first class honours and an MPhil from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a PhD in English Literature from King’s College London. She is currently based at St Anne’s College as a Postdoctoral Researcher on the ERC funded Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives. Her current project, ‘Sounding Out the Body in Victorian Science, Literature and Medicine’ explores constructions of sound as an affliction and as a potential means of therapy in the nineteenth century. She is interested in the effects of sound upon the mind and the literary and cultural imagination, and in the use of controlled sounds, silence, and music as counters to an increasingly problematic urban cacophony. Melissa’s other major research interest is British Orientalism and theories of the Other.