Professor Corinna Wagner

Associate Professor


Extension: 4213

Telephone: 01392 724213

CV for Professor Corinna Wagner

I am an Associate Professor in Literatures and Art History and Visual Culture. My main areas of expertise are:

  • The body
  • Art and anatomy
  • History of Photography
  • Medicine and the Arts
  • Literature: Victorian, gothic, realism and naturalism, detective novel
  • Architectural design; architectual and documenary photography
  • Body studies and critical theory, especially Michel Foucault; theories of visuality; affect theory
  • Uses of the past and Victorian medievalism
  • Urban design, water and the anthropocene

Ongoing projects include:

  • Collaboration with scholars, writers and curators in China and India (I have spent terms at Fudan University, Shanghai and Peking University, Beijing).
  • Co-curation and collaboration with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Torre Abbey, and with Page to Screen, the annual Bridport Film Festival.
  • Public events on medical humanities topics, on literature and visual representations of the body and questions of identity related to body issues
  • Research and writing on art, anatomy and realist genres in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including wax anatomical models, automatons and other literary and two- and three-dimensional representations of the body's interior; medicine and the gothic
  • Research and writing on architecture, design, urban planning and social reform; responses to cholera epidemics; conservation, medievalism, preservation, and the role of nineteenth-century architectural photography

Books include:

  • Transparent Bodies: Art and Anatomy (2019)
  • The Oxford Handbook to Victorian Medievalism (2019)
  • A Body of Work: An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine (co-ed. Andy Brown, Bloomsbury, 2015).
  • Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic (co-written with Joanne Parker, 2014)
  • Gothic Evolutions: Poetry, Tales, Context, Theory (Broadview, 2014)
  • Pathological Bodies: Medicine and Political Culture (University of California, 2013)

New Book Projects:

  • Photography and the Shape of Cities
  • Sadism: A Metaphor for Modern TImes

Funded Projects include:

  • AHRC project (with Joanne Parker) on Victorian Medievalism, which included an exhibition, Art & Soul: Victorians and the Gothic at the Royal Albert Memorial Musem and Art Gallery (RAMM).