Sophie Ratcliffe


Individual Partner: Sophie Ratcliffe, Fellow and Tutor in English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, Associate Professor in 19th Century Literature, University of Oxford

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Sophie tweets as @soratcli
Key Words: Resident in: UK; Working in: UK; Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Education, Policy/Commissioning, Research/other/impact of reading literature Related Area(s) of Interest: Medical humanities/literature Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Well-being
Brief Description of Work: Sophie works on ideas of feeling, readership, and the ways emotion may manifest in the mind and the body. Current research projects include work on representations of abortion in twentieth century literature and medical journals, and the relationship between literature and medicine in nineteenth-century England. She is also interested in the ways in which reading literature may illuminate the day-to-day aspects of medicine as it is practised – and vice versa.  As a result, she co-founded with Andrew Schuman the Torch Wellcome funded workshop initiative, The Poetry of Medicine, and has spoken to GP Registrars as part of their ongoing training.
Read more:
The Poetry of Medicine: see
Her book On Sympathy was published with OUP in 2008
For ‘Stressed, Unstressed: Classic Poems to Ease the Mind’, an anthology/handbook of poetry edited with Andrew Schuman, see:

Sophie appears in a free online course produced with the Warwick Business School, on ‘Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing’, see: