Dr Sara Crouch
Sara Crouch’s research interests include skin studies, medical history, and disability studies, with a focus on the way these disciplines intersect to generate new ways of thinking about the eighteenth-century novel in English. She has a particular interest in the writings of Frances Burney, John Cleland, Maria Edgeworth, and Tobias Smollett. Her doctoral thesis examined the ways in which medical discourse and scientific understanding and misunderstanding shaped attitudes towards human skin during the long eighteenth century in England, and how these in turn encoded the representation of character and the development of form and genre. She has published on the representation of sex work, maritime borders, and the stigmatised sexual touch in Medical History (2019) and on Burney’s representation of scarring and disability in Textual Practice (2020).