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I have recently completed the draft of my book manuscript titled Blindness and Writing: Wordsworth to Gissing

Refereed Articles

  • 'The Sentimental Touch: Dickens's Old Curiosity Shop and the Feeling Reader' Journal of Victorian Culture, 16:1 (2011)
  • 'Frances Browne, the ‘blind poetess’: towards a poetics of blind writing' Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, special issue ‘Blindness and Literature’, guest edited by Georgina Kleege, 3:2 (2009)
  • 'Sentiment and Vision in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and The Cricket on the Hearth', 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 4 (2007), special issue Rethinking Victorian Sentimentality

Chapters in Books

  • ‘Waste matters: Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend and nineteenth-century book recycling’, in Book Destruction from the Medieval to the Contemporary, ed. by Gill Partington and Adam Smyth (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014), pp. 152-172
  • ’Touching Blind Bodies: a critical inquiry into pedagogical and cultural constructions of visual disability in the nineteenth century ‘, co-authored with Jan Eric Olsen (University of Copenhagen), in Anne Whitehead, Angela Woods, Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton and Jennifer Richards (eds), The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2016)
  • 'Wordsworth’s Glasses: The Materiality of Blindness in the Romantic Imagination', in Illustrations, Optics and Objects in Nineteenth-Century Literary and Visual Culture, ed. by Luisa Calè and Patrizia Di Bello (Palgrave, 2010)


  • “Curating Gothic Nightmares, in 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 5 (2007), special issue Verbal and Visual Interactions in Nineteenth-Century Print Culture


  • Co-editor of a special forum ‘Digitisation and Materiality’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 6 (2008) ‘Victorian Fiction and the Material Imagination’
    Compiled questions on the nature of the material object in a virtual space, the relationship between object/image/text in a digital environment, and the issue of politics and access in digitization projects. Invited and edited responses from a range of international scholars.
  • Special issue on ‘The Victorian Tactile Imagination’, guest edited and introduced by Heather Tilley, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century 19 (2014)

I also edit the blog Touching the Book: Embossed Literature for Blind People in the Nineteenth Century