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Dr Hannah Bower

Subject English
Fellow type Junior Research Fellows
Year started 2019


Hannah Bower is a Junior Research Fellow in English and she specialises in medieval literature. Her research focuses on the boundaries, overlaps and exchanges between literary writing and other, apparently practical or scientific texts. Her DPhil, funded by the Wellcome Trust and completed at the University of Oxford, explored the linguistic and imaginative connections between medieval medical recipes and more canonical literary writings. She also completed a six-month secondment fellowship at the London Science Museum which explored the editorial history and reader reception of eighteenth-century medical pamphlets. Her current research continues this interdisciplinary approach by investigating the representation of mechanical marvels in all kinds of medieval writing and by exploring the role of impossibilia in creative, scientific, philosophical and practical thought.