Noelle Gallagher

Noelle Gallagher


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My research focuses on Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and graphic art, with a particular interest in the medical humanities.  I am currently working on a book about literary and visual representations of the gout (a form of inflammatory arthritis) in Georgian Britain.

My first book, Historical Literatures: Writing About the Past in Britain 1660-1740, explored the ways in which literary genres like memoir, secret history, and poetic satire contributed to the development of Enlightenment historiography. Further details of this monograph are available here:


My second book-- Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination-- examined depictions of venereal disease in British literature and graphic art produced between 1660 and 1800. You can find out more by visiting the Yale University Press website:

Here in the English department, I teach specialty modules on Restoration and eighteenth-century literature.  I lecture on level 1 and level 2 undergraduate modules, and I direct a level 3 seminar on representations of sex, disease, and the body in eighteenth-century art and literature. In the Manchester Medical School, I teach PEPs (special units) on literature and medicine (specific topics vary year on year). At the postgraduate level, I teach on 'Before "Sexuality": Bodies, Desires, Discourses'.








Current courses

I teach on the following courses:

ENGL10171: English Literature Tutorials (an introduction to literary studies)

ENGL21182: Satire and the Novel: English Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century

ENGL33082: Sex, Disease and the Body 1660-1800

ENGL60882: Before 'Sexuality': Bodies, Desires, Discourses 1660-1830

Manchester Medical School APEP level 3 and level 4: Special Unit (topics vary year on year)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Areas of expertise

  • PE English
  • English literature
  • DAW Central Europe
  • Eighteenth century Britain
  • NE Print media
  • Print culture
  • R Medicine (General)
  • History of Medicine


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