Dr Megan Coyer

  • Senior Lecturer (English Literature)

telephone: 01413304603
email: Megan.Coyer@glasgow.ac.uk

Room 507, No 2 The Square, School of Critical Studies

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9996-359X

Research interests

Research Interests

*Literature and Medicine
*Medical Humanities
*Scottish Literature
*Romanticism
*The Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press
*James Hogg
*Textual Editing
*Digital Humanities
  • Literature and Medicine
  • Medical Humanities
  • Nineteenth-century Literature
  • Scottish Literature
  • Romanticism
  • Periodical Studies
  • Textual Editing

Background

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. 

Coyer held a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Research Fellowship from 2012-15 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 Romantic periodical press in cross-fertilising medical and literary ideas. The primary output of this project was a monograph entitled, Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017) (paperback, 2018). With Dr David Shuttleton, she also co-edited Scottish Medicine and Literary Culture, 1726-1832 (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014).

Coyer joined the English Literature subject area as lecturer in 2015 and is Deputy Director of the Medical Humanities Research Centre. She led the Wellcome Trust-funded initiative to build the ‘Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network’, which connected individuals working across a range of disciplines and practices at the University of Glasgow, interested in the intersections of medicine, culture, and the arts and humanities. In 2018, she joined the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland (YAS). Her most recent invited talks include a paper for the ‘Explorations in Medical Humanities’ lecture series at the Heyman Centre for the Humanities (Columbia University) and a paper for the ‘Science, Medicine and Culture in the Nineteenth Century’ lecture series at Oxford University. She has also appeared on BBC1’s ‘Grand Tours of Scotland’ and BBC Radio Scotland to discuss her work on Robert Burns and phrenology.

Current Research

Coyer is currently editing James Hogg’s Contributions to Fraser’s Magazine, 1830-1836 (under contract with Edinburgh University Press), as part of the Stirling/South Carolina Research Edition of the Collected Works of James Hogg. Her editorial work has received funding from the University of Glasgow Academic Returners Fund, and is currently funded by a Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant.

With Dr Gavin Miller (PI), she is also leading a new medical humanities capacity-building initiative, the ‘Glasgow Medical Humanities Network’. This Wellcome Trust-funded network is bringing together and enhancing medical humanities across universities and collections in the city of Glasgow.

Her primary expertise is in nineteenth-century literature and medical culture, particularly in the Scottish context, and she is currently developing a new medical humanities research project (with funding from the University of Glasgow Academic Returners Fund), provisionally entitled, ‘The Literary Doctor in Victorian and Edwardian Scotland’.

Publications

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2020

Coyer, M. (2020) Reading medicine in Blackwood’s. In: Mason, N. and Mole, T. (eds.) Romantic Periodicals in the Twenty-First Century: Eleven Case Studies from Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 33-53. (In Press)

2018

Coyer, M. (2018) Medicine and improvement in the Scots Magazine; and Edinburgh Literary Miscellany, 1804-17. In: Benchimol, A. and McKeever, G. L. (eds.) Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism, 1707-1840. Series: The enlightenment world: political and intellectual history of the long eighteenth century. Routledge, pp. 191-212. ISBN 9781138482937

2016

Coyer, M. (2016) Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858. Series: Critical studies in romanticism. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474405607

2015

Coyer, M. (2015) Medical discourse and ideology in the Edinburgh Review: a Chaldean exemplar. In: Benchimol, A., Brown, R. and Shuttleton, D. (eds.) Before Blackwood's: Scottish Journalism in the Age of Enlightenment. Pickering & Chatto: London, pp. 103-157. ISBN 9781848935501

2014

Coyer, M. (2014) The medical kailyard. Bottle Imp(15),

Coyer, M. J. and Shuttleton, D. E. (Eds.) (2014) Scottish Medicine and Literary Culture, 1726-1832. Series: Clio medica: perspectives in medical humanities. Rodopi: Amsterdam. ISBN 9789042038912

Coyer, M. (2014) The Embodied Damnation of James Hogg’s Justified Sinner. Journal of Literature and Science, 7(1), pp. 1-19. (doi: 10.12929/jls.07.1.01)

Coyer, M. J. (2014) Phrenological controversy and the medical imagination: 'a modern Pythagorean' in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. In: Coyer, M. J. and Shuttleton, D. E. (eds.) Scottish Medicine and Literary Culture, 1726-1832. Series: Clio Medica: Perspectives in Medical Humanities (94). Rodopi: Amsterdam. ISBN 9789042038912

Coyer, M. J. and Shuttleton, D. E. (2014) Introduction. In: Coyer, M. J. and Shuttleton, D. E. (eds.) Scottish Medicine and Literary Culture, 1726-1832. Series: Clio medica : perspectives in medical humanities (94). Rodopi: Amsterdam, pp. 1-22. ISBN 9789042038912

2012

Coyer, M. (2012) Review of Highland Journeys (2010) and The Collected Letters of James Hogg, Vol. 3 (2008). BARS Bulletin and Review, 40, pp. 36-38. [Book Review]

Coyer, M. (2012) Hogg's companion. Drouth, 44, pp. 21-27. [Book Review]

Coyer, M. (2012) The poet’s skull: reading the bumps of genius. Burns Chronicle, pp. 41-48.

2011

Coyer, M. (2011) A psychological curiosity: a hoax on James Hogg. Studies in Hogg and His World, 21, pp. 48-59.

2010

Coyer, M. (2010) Review: The Kennedy & Boyd Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Scottish Literature. Bottle Imp, 7, [Book Review]

Coyer, M. (2010) The phrenological mask of the Ettrick Shepherd. Studies in Hogg and His World, 20, pp. 90-95.

Coyer, M. (2010) Review: Valentina Bold, 'James Hogg: A Bard of Nature’s Making' (2007). Scottish Literary Review, 2(2), pp. 173-175. [Book Review]

2009

Coyer, M. (2009) Disembodied souls and exemplary narratives: James Hogg and popular medical literature. In: Connolly, T. and Clark, S. (eds.) Liberating Medicine, 1720-1835. Series: Enlightenment world (10). Pickering & Chatto: London, pp. 127-139. ISBN 9781851966325

Coyer, M. (2009) The phrenological dreamer: The popular medical and fictional writing of Robert Macnish (1802-1837). In: Apothecary’s Chest: Magic, Art, and Medication. Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9781443804943

2008

Gutman, D. A. , Coyer, M. J. , Boss-Williams, K. A. , Owen, M. J. , Nemeroff, C. B. and Weiss, J. M. (2008) Behavioral effects of the CRF1 receptor antagonist R121919 in rats selectively bred for high and low activity in the swim test. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 33(8), pp. 1093-1101. (doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2008.05.003)

Coyer, M. (2008) Burns at The Mitchell. Eighteenth-Century Scotland, 22, pp. 3-4.

Coyer, M. (2008) The literary empiricism of the phrenologists: Reading the Burnsian bumps. Drouth, pp. 69-77.

2005

Hill, W. L. , Ballard, S. S. , Coyer, M. J. and Rowley, T. (2005) Interaction of testosterone and breeding phase on the reproductive behavior and use of space in male zebra finches. Hormones and Behavior, 47(4), pp. 452-458. (doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2004.11.016) (PMID:15777811)

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Number of items: 22.

Articles

Coyer, M. (2014) The medical kailyard. Bottle Imp(15),

Coyer, M. (2014) The Embodied Damnation of James Hogg’s Justified Sinner. Journal of Literature and Science, 7(1), pp. 1-19. (doi: 10.12929/jls.07.1.01)

Coyer, M. (2012) The poet’s skull: reading the bumps of genius. Burns Chronicle, pp. 41-48.

Coyer, M. (2011) A psychological curiosity: a hoax on James Hogg. Studies in Hogg and His World, 21, pp. 48-59.

Coyer, M. (2010) The phrenological mask of the Ettrick Shepherd. Studies in Hogg and His World, 20, pp. 90-95.

Gutman, D. A. , Coyer, M. J. , Boss-Williams, K. A. , Owen, M. J. , Nemeroff, C. B. and Weiss, J. M. (2008) Behavioral effects of the CRF1 receptor antagonist R121919 in rats selectively bred for high and low activity in the swim test. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 33(8), pp. 1093-1101. (doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2008.05.003)

Coyer, M. (2008) Burns at The Mitchell. Eighteenth-Century Scotland, 22, pp. 3-4.

Coyer, M. (2008) The literary empiricism of the phrenologists: Reading the Burnsian bumps. Drouth, pp. 69-77.

Hill, W. L. , Ballard, S. S. , Coyer, M. J. and Rowley, T. (2005) Interaction of testosterone and breeding phase on the reproductive behavior and use of space in male zebra finches. Hormones and Behavior, 47(4), pp. 452-458. (doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2004.11.016) (PMID:15777811)

Books

Coyer, M. (2016) Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 1817-1858. Series: Critical studies in romanticism. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474405607

Book Sections

Coyer, M. (2020) Reading medicine in Blackwood’s. In: Mason, N. and Mole, T. (eds.) Romantic Periodicals in the Twenty-First Century: Eleven Case Studies from Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 33-53. (In Press)

Coyer, M. (2018) Medicine and improvement in the Scots Magazine; and Edinburgh Literary Miscellany, 1804-17. In: Benchimol, A. and McKeever, G. L. (eds.) Cultures of Improvement in Scottish Romanticism, 1707-1840. Series: The enlightenment world: political and intellectual history of the long eighteenth century. Routledge, pp. 191-212. ISBN 9781138482937

Coyer, M. (2015) Medical discourse and ideology in the Edinburgh Review: a Chaldean exemplar. In: Benchimol, A., Brown, R. and Shuttleton, D. (eds.) Before Blackwood's: Scottish Journalism in the Age of Enlightenment. Pickering & Chatto: London, pp. 103-157. ISBN 9781848935501

Coyer, M. J. (2014) Phrenological controversy and the medical imagination: 'a modern Pythagorean' in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine. In: Coyer, M. J. and Shuttleton, D. E. (eds.) Scottish Medicine and Literary Culture, 1726-1832. Series: Clio Medica: Perspectives in Medical Humanities (94). Rodopi: Amsterdam. ISBN 9789042038912

Coyer, M. J. and Shuttleton, D. E. (2014) Introduction. In: Coyer, M. J. and Shuttleton, D. E. (eds.) Scottish Medicine and Literary Culture, 1726-1832. Series: Clio medica : perspectives in medical humanities (94). Rodopi: Amsterdam, pp. 1-22. ISBN 9789042038912

Coyer, M. (2009) Disembodied souls and exemplary narratives: James Hogg and popular medical literature. In: Connolly, T. and Clark, S. (eds.) Liberating Medicine, 1720-1835. Series: Enlightenment world (10). Pickering & Chatto: London, pp. 127-139. ISBN 9781851966325

Coyer, M. (2009) The phrenological dreamer: The popular medical and fictional writing of Robert Macnish (1802-1837). In: Apothecary’s Chest: Magic, Art, and Medication. Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9781443804943

Book Reviews

Coyer, M. (2012) Review of Highland Journeys (2010) and The Collected Letters of James Hogg, Vol. 3 (2008). BARS Bulletin and Review, 40, pp. 36-38. [Book Review]

Coyer, M. (2012) Hogg's companion. Drouth, 44, pp. 21-27. [Book Review]

Coyer, M. (2010) Review: The Kennedy & Boyd Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Scottish Literature. Bottle Imp, 7, [Book Review]

Coyer, M. (2010) Review: Valentina Bold, 'James Hogg: A Bard of Nature’s Making' (2007). Scottish Literary Review, 2(2), pp. 173-175. [Book Review]

Edited Books

Coyer, M. J. and Shuttleton, D. E. (Eds.) (2014) Scottish Medicine and Literary Culture, 1726-1832. Series: Clio medica: perspectives in medical humanities. Rodopi: Amsterdam. ISBN 9789042038912

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Grants

Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship: “The Medical Blackwoodians and Medico-literary Synergy in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press”. £132,151.

Wellcome Trust Medical History and Humanities Small Grant, "'Attentive Writers': Healthcare, Authorship, and Authority" (PI: Megan Coyer; Co-Is David Shuttleton, Gavin Miller, Elizabeth Reeder). £5,000.

Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Small Grant, "Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network Website". £6,615

Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant, "Reading James Hogg in Fraser's Magazine, 1830-1836". £12,346

Supervision

I am interested in receiving proposals for PhD projects relating to my research interests in Literature and Medicine and nineteenth-century literature.

  • Orr, Charlotte
    Sir Ronald Ross (1857-1932): Physician-Writer of the British Empire
  • Pyle, Hannah
    ‘[I]t was merely the appearance of flesh without the substance’: How the Victorians received James Hogg (1770-1835)
  • Spence, Sarah
    Representations of Stigmatised Health Issues in Scottish fiction 1979-present

I am currently supervising PhD projects on: the parasitologist and writer, Sir Ronald Ross (1857-1932); the Victorian afterlife of James Hogg; and contemporary Scottish illness narratives.

Teaching

In the English Literature subject area, I convene the senior honours course, 'Literature and Medicine', and the Victorian M.Litt. topic course on 'Embodiments', and contribute to the junior honours course, 'Literature, 1780-1840', and pre-honours courses on 'Novels and Narratology' (1B) and 'Writing and Ideology' (2A).

I also contribute to the College of Arts Level 3 course on 'Writing in the Arts and Humanities' and the 'Principia Consortium' course on 'The Scottish Enlightenment'.