Professor Sarah Toulalan

Associate Professor


Extension: 4455

Telephone: 01392 724455

My main area of research is in the history of the body, with particular interests in gender, sex, sexuality, ageing, body size, shape and management, health and medicine in early modern England. I am currently working on a project on 'Children and sex in early modern England: knowledge, consent, abuse c.1550-1750' generously funded by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. Earlier work on this project was funded by a British Academy Small Research Grant.

I have recently published articles on fat bodies and reproduction and on constructions of the child rapist in early modern England, and The Routledge History of Sex and the Body, 1500 to the Present (with Kate Fisher).

I am currently supervising doctoral theses on: facial disfigurement in early modern England; the material culture of female health and exercise, c.1870-1914 (both AHRC funded); birth, marriage and sex in eighteenth-century Wales (Wellcome Trust funded); and the body grotesque and the body beautiful in early modern England (AHRC DTP co-supervision with Garthine Walker at Cardiff).