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Dr Margaret Yoon

Lecturer (E&S)


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Telephone: 01392 722122

I have always had a deep interest in both medicine and literature. In fact, my first job was as a research assistant for Prof. Joann Sweasy in the Department of Therapeutic Radiology and Genetics at Yale Medical School. My true passion, however, is for literature and in the ways that medicine intersects with literature in eighteenth-century England, specifically in creating a “culture of sensibility”. Tracing the influence of medicine in literature has involved a fascinating immersion into not only the medical, but also the philosophical and religious ideas prevalent in the eighteenth century. This interest has recently developed into a more focused project on how one aspect of sensibility—sympathy—was aligned specifically with economics to create a model of Christian philanthropy in the late eighteenth century. Some of this research appeared in the critical introduction I wrote for the scholarly edition of The Citizen (1790), which I also edited. Pickering and Chatto published this novel in 2012, as part of the Chawton House Library: Women’s Novels series. In 2011, I was awarded a Chawton House Library Fellowship, which gave me some valuable time to work at Chawton House for this edition.