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Research interests

European literature of the 18th and early 19th centuries; literature and the human sciences (psychology and anthropology); melancholy; the classical tradition; Goethe

Research interests (short)

Melancholy; literature and psychology; Goethe; 18th-century European literature; the classical tradition

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Man and Other Plants: Goethe's Naturalistic Anthropology from Werther to Die Wahlverwandtschaften, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1991

Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987


  • BF Psychology
  • Melancholia
  • History of Psychology
  • PD Germanic languages
  • German Literature 1700-1850
  • Goethe
  • PA Classical philology
  • The Classical Tradition


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  • PEGS Prize 2017

    Bell, Matthew (Recipient), 30 May 2018

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