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Oxfordshire, UK


Princeton University

American, British

George Rousseau

University of Oxford

Full Name
George Sebastian Rousseau

1941 (age 73–74)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

Alma mater
Amherst College Princeton University

Known for
Cultural and intellectual history and literature

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Gout: The Patrician Malady, The Notorious Sir John, Nervous acts, Tobias Smollett: Essays of, Yourcenar (Life and Times S)

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George Sebastian Rousseau (born February 23, 1941) is an American cultural historian resident in the UK. He was educated at Amherst College and Princeton University where he obtained his doctorate. From 1966 to 1968 he was a member of the English Faculty at Harvard University, before moving to a professorship at UCLA, and later to the Regius Chair of English at Aberdeen University in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines. Since then he has been attached to the History Faculty at Oxford University in Oxford, England where was the Co-Director of the Centre for the History of Childhood from 2003 - 2013. Rousseau is a cultural historian who works in the interface of literature and medicine, and emphasizes the relevance of imaginative materials - literature, especially diaries and biography, art and architecture, music - for the public understanding of medicine, past and present. Rousseau is an ongoing member of the Core Team of the Norwegian Research Group in Literature and Science. In 2010 - 2012 Rousseau was the presenter of the Wellcome Collection Series in London called Tell It To Your Doctor. He has been awarded an honorary doctorate honoris causa by the University of Bucharest, Romania.



  • This Long Disease My Life: Alexander Pope and the Sciences (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1968, with Marjorie Hope Nicolson)
  • English Poetic Satire (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969, with Neil Rudenstine) paperback ISBN 0-03-079125-1
  • The Augustan Milieu: Essays Presented to Louis A. Landa (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970, with Eric Rothstein)
  • Tobias Smollett: Bicentennial Essays Presented to Lewis M. Knapp (New York: Oxford University Press, 1971, with P. G. Bouce)
  • Organic Form: The Life of an Idea (London: Routledge, 1972) ISBN 0-7100-7246-5
  • Oliver Goldsmith: The Critical Heritage (London: Routledge, 1974; rev. ed. 195) paperback ISBN 0-415-13437-4
  • The Ferment of Knowledge: Studies in the Historiography of Science (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980, with Roy Porter) paperback ISBN 978-0-521-08718-6
  • The Letters and Private Papers of Sir John Hill (New York: AMS Press, 1981) ISBN 0-404-61472-8
  • Tobias Smollett: Essays of Two Decades (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1982) ISBN 0-567-09330-1
  • Science and the Imagination: The Berkeley Conference - Metastudies of the Humanities and Social Sciences (New York: Annals of Scholarship, 1986) paperback ISSN 0192-2858
  • Sexual Underworlds of the Enlightenment (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1987, with Roy Porter) paper ISBN 0-7190-2440-4
  • The Enduring Legacy: Alexander Pope Tercentenary Essays (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988, with Pat Rogers)
  • Exoticism in the Enlightenment (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1990, with Roy Porter)
  • The Languages of Psyche: Mind and Body in Enlightenment Thought (Berkeley, Los Angeles and Oxford: University of California Press, 1991) paper ISBN 0-520-07119-0
  • Perilous Enlightenment: Pre- and Post-Modern DiscoursesSexual, Historical (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991) ISBN 0-7190-3301-2
  • Enlightenment Crossings: Pre- and Post-Modern Discourses Anthropological (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991) ISBN 0-7190-3072-2
  • Enlightenment Borders: Pre- and Post-Modern DiscoursesMedical, Scientific (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991) ISBN 0-7190-3506-6
  • Medicine and the Muses (Florence, Italy: La Nuova Italia Editrice, Scandicci, 1993, translated into Italian by A. La Vergata) paperback ISBN 88-221-1232-6
  • Hysteria Before Freud (Berkeley, Los Angeles and Oxford: University of California Press, 1993, with Elaine Showalter, Sander Gilman, Roy Porter, and Helen King)
  • Gout: The Patrician Malady (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1998, with Roy Porter) paperback ISBN 0-300-08274-6
  • Framing and Imagining Disease in Cultural History (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, with M. Gill, D. Haycock, and M. Herwig) ISBN 1-4039-1292-0
  • Marguerite Yourcenar: A Biography (London: Haus, 2004, translated into Portuguese and Romanian) ISBN 1-904341-28-4
  • Nervous Acts: Essays on Literature Culture and Sensibility (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2004) paperback ISBN 1-4039-3454-1
  • Children and Sexuality: The Greeks to the Great War (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) ISBN 0-230-52526-1
  • The Sciences of Homosexuality in Early Modern Europe (London and New York: Routledge, 2008, with Kenneth Borris) paperback ISBN 978-0-415-40321-4
  • The Notorious Sir John Hill: The Man Destroyed by Ambition in the Era of Celebrity (Bethlehem: Lehigh University Press, 2012) ISBN 978-1-61146-120-6
  • The Georgia Edition of the Works of Tobias Smollett: The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle (Athens and London, GA: The University of Georgia Press, 2014) ISBN 978-0-8203-4525-3
  • Rachmaninoff's Cape: a nostalgia memoir (London and New York: Virtuoso Books 2015) paperback ISBN 978-0-9931377-0-9
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