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Dr Megan Coyer

Dr Megan Coyer

Lecturer in English Literature



Megan Coyer received her PhD in Scottish Literature from the University of Glasgow in 2010, with her thesis entitled, ‘The Ettrick Shepherd and the Modern Pythagorean: Science and Imagination in Romantic Scotland’. After completing her PhD, she worked as a Research Assistant on the Stirling/South Carolina Research Edition of The Collected Works of James Hogg and the Glasgow University Chancellor’s Fund and Carnegie Trust-funded Abbotsford Library Annotations Project. She also acted as the Project Assistant for the RSE/Scottish Government-funded Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland (MHRNS).

Her first degree is a B.S. in Neuroscience from Lafayette College (Easton, PA USA), where she was a recipient of a Goldwater Scholarship, the premier national undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering, and her current research is an amalgamation of her literary and scientific interests.
Coyer was awarded a three-year Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship, which commenced in April 2012, for her research project, ‘The Medical Blackwoodians and Medico-literary Synergy in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press’. She examined the wide-ranging literary and medical careers of several Blackwoodian authors and the role of the Scottish periodical press in cross-fertilizing medical and literary ideas in the nineteenth century. The primary output of this project will be a monograph entitled, Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858.

She has also received funding from the Wellcome Trust for the conference, ‘Attentive Writers: Healthcare, Authorship, and Authority’ in August 2013 and is leading the Wellcome Trust-funded project, ‘Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network Website’. She is a core staff member of the Medical Humanities Research Centre, a collaborator in the Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland, and a member of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities.

Research and Teaching Interests

My research interests are primarily in the field of ‘Literature and Medicine’, particularly within the Scottish cultural context and within nineteenth-century literature more broadly. I am also interested in illness narratives, physician-writers, and popular medical writing, particularly in the periodical press, and I am open to cross-disciplinary collaborations.



Teaching Materials:


  • College of Arts, School of Critical Studies
  • Medical Humanities Research Centre