Emily Bernhard Jackson

Lecturer in English, University of Exeter

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature, with interests in Literature and Medicine, Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Skeptical Philosophy, Clothing Studies, the Embodied Author, and Composition and Rhetoric.

Dr. Bernhard Jackson undertook her undergraduate and postgraduate work in the United States: she has an M.A. from Boston College and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. After publishing articles on Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Pre-Raphaelite paintings of scenes from Romantic and Victorian poems, and composition and rhetoric, she published her first book, The Development of Byron's Philosophy of Knowledge: Certain in Uncertainty (Palgrave, 2010). After leaving Brandeis, she became an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arkansas (2005-11), then the Writing Skills Director at Homerton and Robinson Colleges, Cambridge University, as well as Director of Studies for Part I of English at Robinson (variously, 2009-12).

These days, Dr. Bernhard Jackson's main area of research interest is medicine and nineteenth-century literature -- if it oozes, she is interested in it. She is particularly concerned with authors as embodied beings, the influence of the body on literature, and the influence of identical and conjoined twins on Victorian literature. She also maintains interests in Samuel Beckett, Romantic and Victorian poetry, sceptical philosophy (modern, rather than ancient), the form and function of poetry, and the teaching of writing.


  • –present
    Lecturer in English, University of Exeter