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Dr Katherine Inglis received her PhD from Birkbeck, University of London, in 2009, and joined the University of Edinburgh as Chancellor’s Fellow in the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures in 2012.

Research Interests

Katherine's research explores the history of reading, the censorship of printed literature, and the intersections between literature of the long nineteenth century, science, and medicine.

She is the author, with Matthew Fellion, of Censored: A Literary History of Subversion & Control (British Library Publishing; McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017). Her work on nineteenth-century literature has been published in the Journal of Victorian Culture, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, Studies in Hogg and his World, Carlyle Studies Annual, and the George Eliot Review. She has also contributed to recent collections of essays on Elizabeth Gaskell and Scottish medicine and literary culture.

Katherine is working with the Carlyle Letters Project on the Duke-Edinburgh edition of The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle.



Katherine organises pre-honours, honours and postgraduate courses in Victorian literature, border theory and literature, censorship, and literature and medicine. The literature and medicine courses are open to third-year students enrolled on English Literature and Scottish Literature degree programmes and students enrolled on the Bachelor of Medical Sciences Intercalated Degree (B.Med.Sci) in Literature and Medicine.  You can read more about the Literature and Medicine Intercalated Degree here and watch a short video about the programme here.

  • Literature at the Borders (part of ENLI08016) Year 1 course
  • Medicine in Literature 1: Illness Narratives through History (ENLI10355) Year 3, semester 1.
  • Medicine in Literature 2: Medical Ethics in Literature (ENLI10354) Year 3, semester 2.
  • Literature and Medicine Research Project (ENLI10353)
  • Modern Love: Victorian Poetry and Prose (ENLI10370) Year 4, semester 1.
  • Censorship (ENLI10357) Year 4, semester 2.
  • Modern Love: Victorian Poetry and Prose (PG Version) (ENLI11213) Semester 1.
  • Censorship (PG Version) (ENLI11195) Semester 2.

Administrative Roles

Director of Quality for the School of Literatures, Languages, & Cultures

Management Committee, Centre for the History of the Book

Convenor, Book History Seminar, Centre for the History of the Book

Impact Coordinator, Department of English Literature


  • PR English literature
  • Reading
  • Censorship
  • Medical Humanities
  • Literature and Medicine
  • History of the Book
  • History of Reading
  • Victorian Literature
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature


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