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Blindness and Writing: From Wordsworth to Gissing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Refereed Articles

    • ‘Portraying Blindness: Nineteenth-Century Images of Tactile Reading’, Disability Studies Quarterly (forthcoming 2018)
    • ‘Introduction’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 19 (2014) Special issue The Victorian Tactile Imagination, guest edited by Heather Tilley DOI:
    • 'The Sentimental Touch: Dickens's Old Curiosity Shop and the Feeling Reader' Journal of Victorian Culture, 16:1 (2011), 226-41
    • '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), 147-61
    • '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

    • ‘Touching blind bodies: a critical inquiry into pedagogical and cultural constructions of visual disability in the nineteenth century’, co-authored with Jan Eric Olsen, in The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016), pp. 260-75
    • ‘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
    • '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), pp. 44-61


    • Erika Wright, Reading for Health: Medical Narratives and the Nineteenth-Century Novel (Ohio UP, 2016). English Studies, 98:6 (2017), pp. 651–652
    • Christina Walter, Optical Impersonality: Science, Images, and Literary Modernism (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2014). Published on the British Society for Literature and Science website, 2016 (
    • “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