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Dr Abigail K. Boucher

Dr Abigail K.  Boucher

Research Assistant and Postdoctoral Tutor



I am a Research Assistant at the University of Glasgow, where I also teach first-year English literature. My current research, which is in the proposal stage as a monograph, focuses on representations of the aristocratic body in Victorian popular fiction, especially as it concerns gender and medicine. My work on aristocratic male fertility in radical fiction has been published in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies.

Research and Teaching Interests

Using body and gaze theory, my primary research examines the nineteenth-century literary representations and interpretations of the aristocratic physical form. Under the scope of this framework, I have explored the following topics: perceptions of aristocratic heredity, bodily inheritance, and (d)evolution in fin de siècle texts; the connections between consumer culture, health fads, and ‘fashionable’ diseases in ‘silver fork’ fiction; and how concerns regarding primogeniture, fertility, and sexually transmitted diseases have informed portrayals of aristocratic men in radical fiction. The latter was published in the “Writing Bodies: Gender and Medicine in the Nineteenth Century” special issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies (9.2 Summer 2013).

For more information on my research into silver fork novels, visit 'Silver Fork Etiquette': https://silverforketiquette.wordpress.com/.




  • College of Arts, School of Critical Studies