Anne Stiles, Ph.D.
3800 Lindell Blvd.
Adorjan Hall Rm 233
St. Louis, MO 63108
Anne Stiles received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2006. She specializes in medical humanities, late-Victorian and Edwardian literature, and history of science. She was previously an Assistant Professor of English at Washington State University.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Stiles serves as the director of the Medical Humanities interdisciplinary minor program, the English Department Faculty Liaison for the 1818 Advanced College Credit Program, and the Victorian Section Co-Editor of Blackwell Publishing's online journal Literature Compass.
Ph.D. in English, UCLA, 2006
B.A. in English, Harvard College, 1998
Dr. Stiles' current book project examines the work of the doctors who developed the rest cure alongside the fiction of three women who sought alternatives to it: Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Marie Corelli. These bestselling authors eschewed the rest cure in favor of homeopathy, spiritualism, or Christian Science, and used their novels to promote these unconventional therapies. The popularity of such fiction on both sides of the Atlantic shows the extent of women's dissatisfaction with S. Weir Mitchell's cure. Such writings also suggest that the late-Victorian conflict between mainstream and alternative medicine involved a battle of the sexes, pitting medical men against women steeped in occult traditions.
Dr. Stiles teaches courses on medicine and the humanities, nineteenth-century British literature, and literature and science.
Popular Fiction and Brain Science in the Late Nineteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, December 2011.
Neurology and Literature, 1860-1920. Edited and introduced by Anne Stiles. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, September 2007.
"Somnambulism and Trance States in the Works of John William Polidori, Author of ‘The Vampyre.'" Co-authored by Stanley Finger and John Bulevich. European Romantic Review 21.6 (December 2010): 789-807.
"Literature in Mind: H.G. Wells and the Evolution of the Mad Scientist," Journal of the History of Ideas 70.2 (April 2009): 317-39.
"Victorian Psychology and the Novel." Literature Compass Online 5.3 (May 2008): 668-680.
"Robert Louis Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde and the Double Brain," Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 46.4 (Autumn 2006): 879-900.
"Cerebral Automatism, the Brain, and the Soul in Bram Stoker's Dracula," Journal of the History of the Neurosciences 15.2 (June 2006): 131-152.