Meegan Kennedy

Associate Professor, Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies
WMS 431
Victorian literature and culture, the British novel, Victorian science and medicine, periodical studies, gender studies, literature and medicine

MEEGAN KENNEDY, Associate Professor, Ph.D. Brown University (2000), M.A. University of Virginia (1992), B.A. Yale University (1988). Dr. Kennedy's research interests include Victorian literature and culture, the British novel, Victorian science and medicine, periodical studies, literature and medicine, and the history of technology. She is particularly interested in nineteenth-century theories of visuality and representation. She is a core faculty member with the History and Philosophy of Science Program.


  • Revising the Clinic: Vision and Representation in Victorian Medicine and the Novel. Ohio State UP, 2010; paperback, 2016.


  • “‘Throes and struggles . . . witnessed with painful distinctness’: The oxy-hydrogen microscope, performing science, and the projection of the moving image.” Victorian Studies 62.1 (Autumn 2019): 85-118.
  • "Tono-Bungay and Burroughs Wellcome: Branding Imperial Popular Medicine." Victorian Literature and Culture 45.1 (2017): 137-62.
  • "'A True Prophet'?: Speculation in Victorian Sensory Physiology and George Eliot's 'The Lifted Veil'" Nineteenth-Century Literature 71.3 (December 2016): 369-403.
  • "Open Annotation and Close Reading the Victorian Text: Using with Students." Journal of Victorian Culture 21.4 (October 2016): 550-58.
  • "'Let me die in your house': Cardiac Distress and Sympathy in Nineteenth-Century British Medicine." Literature and Medicine 32.1 (Spring 2014): 105-32.
  • "Modernist Autobiography, Hysterical Narrative, and the Unnavigable River: The Case of Freud and H.D." Literature and Medicine 30.2 (2012): 241-75.


  • “Writing realism in nineteenth-century British literature and medicine,” in Literature and Medicine: The Nineteenth Century, ed. Andrew Mangham. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. Forthcoming.
  • "Technology," in Routledge Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Science, ed. John Robert Holmes and Sharon Ruston; afterword by Bernard Lightman. NY: Routledge, Spring 2017, pp. 311-28.
  • "'Discriminating the minuter beauties of nature': Botany as Natural Theology in a Victorian Medical School," in Strange Science: Investigating the Limits of Knowledge in the Victorian Age, ed. Shalyn Claggett and Lara Karpenko; foreword by Gillian Beer. Ann Arbor: U Mich P., 2017, pp. 40-61.
  • "Cleanliness and Medicinal Cheer: Harriet Martineau, the 'People of Bleaburn,' and the Sanitary Work of Household Words" in Victorian Medicine and Popular Culture, ed. Louise Penner and Tabitha Sparks. NY: Pickering & Chatto, 2015, pp. 41-51.


I am currently finishing revisions on a book project, Beautiful Mechanism, focused on the Victorian culture of the “skeptical sublime,” that examines Victorians' fearful romance with the microscope. A companion volume, A Portable Vastness, in progress, explores the social and professional circulation of microscopy, engaging debates on community, locality, nationality, and empire. In other work, I am studying how nineteenth-century British novels and medical texts begin to use and resist using visual quantitative narratives, specifically tables, charts, and statistics. Please check out my website,, for more information.


  • Huntington Dibner fellowship (two months in residence), Huntington Library, California, Spring 2020 (forthcoming)
  • NEH Faculty Fellowship, 2017-18
  • Excellence in Online Course Design: with Distinction, 2016 (for LIT 3438)
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, 2016 (for LIT 3438)
  • NEH Summer Stipend, 2015
  • Huntington-Linacre Exchange Fellow, Summer 2014 (residential fellowship, Linacre College, Oxford University)
  • Developing Scholar Award (for research record), FSU, 2013

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