Elizabeth Dolan earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the Senior Fellow in Literature & Medicine at the UNC-CH medical school. At Lehigh, she is Associate Professor of English, and of Health, Medicine, and Society. Specializing in British Romantic-era literature, Dolan is especially interested in the history of medicine, children’s literature, and women’s writing in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She is the author of the book Seeing Suffering in Women’s Literature of the Romantic Era (Ashgate 2008), editor of the children’s literature volume of The Works of Charlotte Smith (Pickering & Chatto 2007), and co-editor of Anna Seward’s Memoirs of Erasmus Darwin (Brewin Books 2010). In addition, Dolan has published articles on Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlotte Smith, Mary Shelley, Felicia Hemans, post-Napoleonic travel writers, and the literature of abolition and slavery. Dolan has served as book review editor of the Keats-Shelley Journal, and as a board member of the Keats-Shelley Association of America.
In 2014, she was awarded a fellowship to conduct research at the Chawton House Library in the UK, where she met composer Amanda Jacobs. Dolan and Jacobs collaborated to set Charlotte Smith’s poem Beachy Head to music, performing “The Song Cycles of Beachy Head” in England and Australia, and across the U.S., including a debut at Carnegie Hall in November 2018. A studio recording of the piece and sheet music will soon be available. Branching into digital humanities, Dolan co-created The Charlotte Smith Story Map with Gillian Andrews. Her current book project is Charlotte Smith’s Children: A Family History in the British Empire.
Dolan teaches undergraduate English courses in writing and Romantic-era literature as well as graduate courses in Romanticism on topics such as the Gothic, the body, children’s literature, the literature of slavery and abolition, and British women writers and the French Revolution. She also teaches courses cross-listed with the Health, Medicine, and Society program, including “The Literature of Contagion”, “Medical Humanities”, and “The Afterlives of Frankenstein: Science, Bioethics, and Literature,” a class that co-hosted Frankenreads. She won the Junior Teaching Award in for 2002-2003; she was named to a Frank Hook Assistant Professorship for academic years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005; and she won the Hillman Faculty Award in 2014.