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 is currently at work on a second monograph, Scientism and New Religious Faiths in British and American Popular Fiction, 1875-1914. This study addresses how new religions (Christian Science, New Thought, Mormonism, Spiritualism, and Theosophy) influenced British and American literature written from 1875 to 1914. These new faiths helped believers grapple with nineteenth-century scientific upheavals, such as Darwinian evolutionary theory and experimental neuroscience, that undermined the concept of the immortal soul. Literary authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Marie Corelli, Henry James, Florence Marryat, and Robert Louis Stevenson were important interpreters and popularizers of these new faiths. They turned to new religions in order to assuage their own fears about science, challenge mainstream scientific ideas, or seek alternatives to the science and medicine of their day.
Dr. Stiles teaches courses on medicine and the humanities, nineteenth-century British literature, and literature and science.
Literature, Neurology, and Neuroscience: Historical and Literary Connections. Co-edited and introduced by Anne Stiles, Stanley Finger, and François Boller. Elsevier's Progress in Brain Research series, vol. 205. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2013.
Literature, Neurology, and Neuroscience: Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders. Co-edited and introduced by Stanley Finger, François Boller, and Anne Stiles. Elsevier's Progress in Brain Research series, vol. 206. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2013.
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.