Lucy Thompson



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Lucy teaches eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature. She works on the emotional impacts of surveillance in historical and contemporary settings, focused on gender and literary culture. At the moment she is focused on exploring Victorian and fin-de-siècle works from a Critical Disability Studies perspective to shed light on how these texts reflect and shape cultural attitudes towards disability.

Her primary research interests lie in the fields of Romanticism, disability, gender, and surveillance theory. She specifically investigates the ways in which surveillance and mechanisms of invigilation were socialised and internalised during the period between 1780 and 1830, and how this legacy continues to impact our experiences today. She is particularly interested in the recovery and analysis of women’s experience of inspection in the long nineteenth century and has explored surveillance under the rubrics of the medicalised body, the domestic body, and sexual bodies. She is also interested in the intersection between Critical Disability Studies and Surveillance Studies. She has recently published the book Gender, Surveillance, and Literature in the Romantic Period (2022)


A Century in Crisis: 1790s to 1890s

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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 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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