Sophie Ratcliffe

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

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 www.lit-med.comHer book On Sympathy was published with OUP in 2008For ‘Stressed, Unstressed: Classic Poems to Ease the Mind’, an anthology/handbook of poetry edited with Andrew Schuman

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Areas of interest in VBP

Education, Policy/Commissioning, Research/other/impact of reading literature

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Medical humanities/literature

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The Poetry of Medicine:

Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing

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