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Professor Sarah Toulalan

Research supervision

I offer supervision in the following areas of early modern history:

  • the body, sex and sexuality, including pornography/erotica and prostitution;
  • health and medicine including mental health/sickness and venereal disease;
  • body size and shape
  • gender;
  • popular culture;
  • clothing or dress (including cross-dressing);
  • issues relating to age and ageing as well as children and childhood.

I am currently supervising theses on facial disfigurement in early modern England; the material culture of health for women in late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century England; birth, marriage and sex in eighteenth-century Wales; and the body grotesque and the body beautiful in early modern England.

Research students

Hannah Newton, The Sick Child in England, 1580-1720  (completed, Ph.D awarded 2010)

Victoria Sparey, Inherited Humours: The Formation of Identity in Early Modern Medical Discourse  (completed, Ph.D awarded 2010)

Jennifer Evans, Aphrodisiacs, Impotence and Fertility in Early Modern England (completed, Ph.D awarded 2011)

Pei-Ching Chen, The Plebeian Cross-Dressing Woman in C18th and C19th Britain (completed, submitted 2011)

Victoria Bates, Physiology and Morality: Medical Perspectives on Sexual Consent, 1850 -1914.

Alanna Skuse, Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England