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Dr David Shuttleton

Dr David Shuttleton

Reader Emeritus in Literature and Medical Culture



David Shuttleton's 1990 Edinburgh doctoral thesis was a study of the then obscure ‘nerve doctor’ George Cheyne. His essays have appeared in such leading journals as The British Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies, Eighteenth-Century Life, Women’s Writing etc, and in various volumes including Medicine and the Enlightenment, edited by Roy Porter (Rodophi: 1995), The Arts of Seventeenth-Century Science edited by Claire Jowitt and Diane Watt (Ashgate: 2002), Imagining and Framing Disease in Cultural History edited by G. S. Rousseau et al (Palgrave: 2003) and The Year’s Work in English Studies (OUP). He co-edited the volumes De-centering Sexualites; Politics and Representations Beyond the Metropolis (Routledge: 2000) and Women and Poetry, 1660-1750 (Palgrave: 2003). He is the author of Smallpox and the Literary Imagination, 1660-1820 (CUP: 2007) and a contributing editor to the Cambridge Edition of the Correspondence of Samuel Richardson, for which has edited the novelist’s exchanges with Cheyne. A biographical study of the blind poet Thomas Blacklock is forthcoming.

David was PI for the major AHRC funded project The Consultation Letters of William Cullen at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh to create an on-line scholarly edition of this important medical archive.

He was also PI for a Royal Society of Edinburgh funded two-year project to establish – with co-applicant Dr Gavin Miller - the Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland, and was the co-director of the Medical Humanities Research Centre at the University of Glasgow until his retirement in 2016.

Research and Teaching Interests

David Shuttleton is primarily a specialist in the literature of the long eighteenth century with a particular expertise in literature and medicine (representations of disease and embodiment, illness narratives, medical biography and medico-literary culture).



Teaching Materials:



  • College of Arts, School of Critical Studies
  • Medical Humanities Research Centre