- 19th Century British Literature and Culture
- Cultural Studies
- Gender Studies
- Race and Ethnicity Studies
- Transnational Literature
- Literature and medicine
- Postcolonial health humanities
- Transatlantic travel writing
- Victorian literature and culture
- Women’s and gender studies
Honors and Awards:
- PESCA Award, 2016
- Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow Centre for the Humanities and Health, King’s College London
Howell, Jessica. Exploring Victorian Travel Literature: Disease, Race and Climate. Edinburgh University Press, 2014
This interdisciplinary study explores both the personal and political significance of climate in the Victorian imagination. It analyses foreboding imagery of miasma, sludge and rot across non-fictional and fictional travel narratives, speeches, private journals and medical advice tracts. Well-known authors such as Joseph Conrad are placed in dialogue with minority writers such as Mary Seacole and Africanus Horton in order to understand their different approaches to representing white illness abroad.
- The Boy Doctor of Empire: Malaria and Mobility in Kipling’s Kim
- ‘Self rather seedy’: Climate and Colonial Pathography in Conrad’s African Fiction.
- Mrs. Seacole Prescribes Hybridity: Constitutional and Maternal Rhetoric in Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands.
- Nursing Empire: Travel Letters from Africa and the Caribbean.