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Dr Douglas Small


Research Interests

Dr Douglas Small is a Lecturer in Nineteenth Century Literature. He holds an MLitt and PhD from the University of Glasgow, and is a former Wellcome Trust Research Fellow.

His research focuses on the literature and history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, specialising in the narratives and cultural reception of medicine, science, drug use, and addiction. He is the author of Cocaine, Literature, and Culture, 1876-1930 (Bloomsbury, 2023) which traces representations of cocaine across Victorian and early Modernist literature from the first effective local anaesthetic to a criminalised drug of addiction. His current research examines the history of performance enhancement or ‘sports doping’.


He teaches across the English Literature programme, on Victorian and Romantic Literature, Gothic literature including Vampire Fictions, and has taught specialist modules on Detective Fiction and Science Fiction. He supervises projects on the MA Nineteenth Century Studies on topics ranging  from imperial gothic to occult detectives.