Katherine Inglis

Chancellor's Fellow - Senior Lecturer


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.

Undergraduate teaching

Katherine leads courses in English and Scottish literature, censorship, and literature and medicine. The literature and medicine courses are open to fourth-year and postgraduate 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 or click on 'Media' below to watch a video about the programme.

Courses that I usually offer include:

  • Medicine in Literature 1: Illness Narratives through History
  • Medicine in Literature 2: Medical Ethics in Literature
  • Literature and Medicine Research Project
  • Censorship
  • Modern Love: Victorian Poetry and Prose

I also support Introduction to Disability Studies in the School of Health in Social Science.

Postgraduate teaching

Courses that I usually offer include:

  • Illness Narratives through History
  • Medical Ethics in Literature
  • Censorship
  • Modern Love: Victorian Poetry and Prose

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Emma Aviet (Assistant Supervisor)

Laura Brook (Co-Supervisor)

Erin Marty (Assistant Supervisor)

Charley Matthews (Co-Supervisor)

Mari Seaword (Lead Supervisor)

Claudia Sterbini (Lead Supervisor)

Anupama Shukla (Co-Supervisor)

Lara Virrey (Assistant Supervisor)

Past PhD students supervised

Patricia Ayrton (Assistant Supervisor): A Study of the "Post Genetic": Emily Brontë's "EJB" Notebook, 1844 to the Present

Tess Goodman (Assistant Supervisor): “Prized by the Tourist”: Souvenir Books in Victorian Scotland

Research summary

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.

Research activities

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Co-Director, Edinburgh Health and Medical Humanities Network

English & Scottish Literature Exams Team (3rd Year Clerk)

Course Organiser: Literature & Medicine Research Projects

Edinburgh University Students' Association Best Practice in Inclusive Learning and Teaching Award Winner 2018

Edinburgh University Students' Association Best Practice in Inclusive Learning and Teaching Award Runner-Up 2019