Dr Melissa Dickson

Senior Lecturer in Literature

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Overview

Melissa Dickson joined UQ in July 2023 as a Senior Lecturer in English Literature in the School of Communication and the Arts. Prior to this, Melissa was a Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Birmingham in the UK. From 2014 to 2018, Melissa was a Postdoctoral Researcher on ‘The Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspective’, an ERC funded project based at St Anne’s College, Oxford, She has a PhD in English from King's College, London, and an MPhil, BA, and University Medal from the University of Queensland.

Melissa’s research focuses on the relationships between Victorian literature, science, medicine, and material culture, and she has published widely in this area. She is the author of Cultural Encounters with the Arabian Nights in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), co-author of Anxious Times: Medicine and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Pittsburgh University Press, 2019) and, co-editor of Progress and Pathology: Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century (Manchester University Press, 2020). Her current monograph project is a study of the senses and in particular of new ways of listening and thinking about sound in the nineteenth century.

Melissa is currently Co-Investigator of a three-year project funded by the Collaboration of Humanities and Social Sciences in Europe, entitled Media and Epidemics: Technologies of Science Communication and Public Health, which seeks to document, from historical and contemporary as well as trans-disciplinary and trans-regional perspectives, the role of media and technologies of communication in the making and management of epidemic outbreaks.

Melissa is an experienced Masters and PhD supervisor and overseen projects on a range of topics, including child loss in Victorian supernatural fiction, Thomas Hardy and music, animals and the environment in the works of the Brontës, and the condition of women in the fiction of Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Richardson, and May Sinclair. She is available to supervise topics projects on Nineteenth-Century Literature, Literature and Science, Literature and Medicine, Medical Humanities, Sound Studies, and Narrative and Consciousness.

Research Impacts

Melissa is passionate about equal opportunities in education and engaging audiences with historical, cultural, and social issues both within and beyond the academy. She is regularly involved with galleries, libraries, schools, archives and museums in giving public talks, engaging events and building and sharing knowledge between different groups.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy of Literature, King's College London
  • Masters (Research) of Literature, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of History and Literature

Publications

  • Dickson, Melissa (2024). Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Victorian literature. (pp. *-*) edited by Lisa Rodensky. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199799558-0204

  • Dickson, Melissa (2023). Stethoscopic Fantasies. Sound and Sense in British Romanticism. (pp. 224-244) edited by James Grande and Carmel Raz. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781009277839

  • Wheelock, Harriet, Dickson, Melissa and Barrett, Elizabeth (2023). The threads of history: why record your pandemic experiences for the RCPI archive?. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 40 (2), 296-297. doi: 10.1017/ipm.2020.48

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Dickson, Melissa (2024). Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Victorian literature. (pp. *-*) edited by Lisa Rodensky. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780199799558-0204

  • Dickson, Melissa (2023). Stethoscopic Fantasies. Sound and Sense in British Romanticism. (pp. 224-244) edited by James Grande and Carmel Raz. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781009277839

  • Dickson, Melissa (2022). Experiments in life: literature's contribution to the history of psychiatry. Sources in the history of psychiatry, from 1800 to the present. (pp. 101-115) edited by Chris Millard and Jennifer Wallis. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003087694-7

  • Shuttleworth, Sally and Dickson, Melissa (2021). Disorders of the age: nervous climates. Literature and medicine: the nineteenth century. (pp. 157-173) edited by Clark Lawlor and Andrew Mangham. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108355148.012

  • Dickson, Melissa, Taylor-Brown, Emilie and Shuttleworth, Sally (2020). Introduction. Progress and pathology Medicine and culture in the nineteenth century. (pp. 1-24) edited by Melissa Dickson, Emilie Taylor-Brown and Sally Shuttleworth. Manchester, United Kingdom: Manchester University Press.

  • Dickson, Melissa, Taylor-Brown, Emilie and Shuttleworth, Sally (2020). Introduction. Progress and pathology: medicine and culture in the nineteenth century. (pp. 1-24) edited by Melissa Dickson, Emilie Taylor-Brown and Sally Shuttleworth. Manchester, United Kingdom: Manchester University Press. doi: 10.7765/9781526147547.00006

  • Dickson, Melissa (2019). Hats, cloaks, and stethoscopes: the symbolic fashions of the nineteenth-century medical practitioner. Fashion and material culture in Victorian fiction and periodicals. (pp. 108-118) edited by Nickianne Moody and Janine Hatter. Brighton, United Kingdom: Edward Everett Root.

  • Dickson, Melisa (2017). Charles Wheatstone’s Enchanted Lyre and the spectacle of sound. Sound knowledge: music and science in London, 1789-1851. (pp. 125-144) edited by James Q. Davies and Ellen Lockhart. Chicago, IL, United States: University of Chicago Press. doi: 10.7208/chicago/9780226402109.003.0006

Journal Article

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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