My name is Clare Stainthorp and my doctoral research focused on Constance Naden (1858-1889), encompassing nineteenth-century poetry, science, philosophy, and education. My thesis – ‘”[T]hese seemingly rival spheres constitute but one Cosmos”: Constance Naden as Scientist, Philosopher, and Poet’ – argued that Naden sought to create an interdisciplinary philosophy predicated upon finding unity in diversity. By providing close-readings of Naden’s poetry, essays, and unpublished notebooks, and thus considering the full breadth of her intellectual pursuits, I demonstrated the extent of her secular, interdisciplinary world-scheme that synthesised science, philosophy, and poetry. You can hear an example of this research here: ‘From “rays of glory” to “a more practical light” in Constance Naden’s poetry’ (Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity podcast, University of Birmingham, October 2014).
More broadly, my academic interests include literature and science, the freethought movement, synthetic philosophies, medical humanities, and Victorian women poets.
I completed my AHRC-funded doctoral work at the University of Birmingham, having undertaken undergraduate and masters degrees at the University of Glasgow. I am now a visiting lecturer at the University of Birmingham and will be undertaking a Curran Fellowship to work on freethought periodicals in London archives during the summer of 2017.
I am the Editorial Assistant for Modernist Cultures (the journal for the British Association for Modernist Studies), co-author of the Victorian Poetry section of the Year’s Work in English Studies, and early career member of the Midlands Interdisciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar committee.