Romantic-era and Victorian British Literature, Disability Studies, Myth and Folklore


BA and MA (Oxford University), PhD (Birmingham University, UK)



  1. Physical Disability in British Romanticism Literature. Cambridge Studies in Romanticism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

  2. The Romantics and the May Day Tradition. The Nineteenth Century Series. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007. Pp. x + 153. Reprinted in Routledge Historical Resources: Romanticism. London and New York: Routledge, 2018.

  3. Pygmalion and Galatea: The History of a Narrative in English Literature. The Nineteenth Century Series. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001. Pp. xxi + 216. Reprinted in Routledge Revivals. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.

Chapters and Articles

  1. “Disability and Deformity: Function Impairment and Aesthetics in the Long Eighteenth Century.” In The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability. Ed. Clare Barker and Stuart Murray. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2018. 47-61

  2. “Introduction to Dis/Enabling Narratives.” Journal of Narrative Theory. Special Issue: Dis/Enabling Narratives 47.3 (2017) 305-316

  3. “Picturesque Aesthetics: Theorising Deformity in the Romantic Era.” In Disabling Romanticism: Body, Mind, and Text. Ed. Michael Bradshaw. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 29-48

  4. “Introduction.” co-authored with Michael Bradshaw. In Disabling Romanticism: Body, Mind, and Text. Ed. Michael Bradshaw. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 1-27

  5. “‘I began to see’: Biblical Models of Disability in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre” in The Madwoman and Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability. Ed. David Bolt, Julia Miele Rodas and Elizabeth J. Donaldson, with a foreword by Lennard J. Davis. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2012. 111-128––. Abbreviated version printed in “‘I began to see’: Biblical Models of Disability in Jane Eyre” Brontë Studies 37:4 (2012): 286-291. Special Issue: The Brontës and the Bible: Influences both Literary and Religious.

  6. “The Drifting Language of Architectural Accessibility in Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris.” Disability Studies Quarterly 31:3 (2011): 1-16. Winner of the Society for Disability Studies Tyler Rigg Award.

  7. “‘Blind Vacancy’: Sighted Culture and Voyeuristic Historiography in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” European Romantic Review 22.1 (2011): 49-69

  8. “William Weir, Thomas James Arnold and the Attribution of Articles in the Wellesley Index and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.” Scottish Historical Review 86 (2007): 319–27. Co-authored with Eleoma Joshua (50% co-authorship) ––. Version in Journal of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society 12 (2006): 3-8

  9. “Wordsworth Amongst the Aristotelians.” Journal of the History of Ideas 67 (2006): 513-24

  10. “Charlotte Smith’s Desmond: Romance and the Man of Principle in the Domestic and Public Spheres.” The Eighteenth Century Novel 5 (2006): 277-319

  11. “‘Almost my hope of Heaven’: Idolatry and Messianic Symbolism in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.” Philological Quarterly 81 (2002): 81-107––. Reprinted in Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: The Brontës. New Edition. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 2008. 35-59

  12. “‘Marking the Dates with Accuracy’: The Time Problem in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” Gothic Studies 3 (2001): 279-308

  13. “The Mythographic Context of Shaw’s Pygmalion.” Nineteenth Century Theatre 26 (1998): 112-37

  14. “Chaucer’s Ghoast and Gower’s Confessio Amantis.” Notes and Queries 242, n. s. 44 (1997): 458-59


  1. Editor, “Contexts: Disability.” In The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Volume 4: The Age of Romanticism. Eds. Joseph Black. Leonard Conolly, Kate Flint, Isobel Grundy, Don LePan, Roy Liuzza, Jerome J. McGann, Anne Lake Prescott, Barry V. Qualls, and Claire Waters. 3rd Edn. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview: 2018. [Introduction and edited texts]

  2. Editor, Special Issue of Journal of Narrative Theory. Dis/Enabling Narratives 47.3 (2017)

Other refereed publications

  1. “Myth” in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Victorian Literature. Ed. Jennifer Vafidis and Juliet John. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2018. [Annotated Bibliography. 23,000 words]. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199799558-0147

  2. “Thomas Lovell Beddoes.” Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era 1760-1850. Ed. Christopher John Murray, 2 vols. London: Routledge, 2004. 1: 64-66

Articles in non-refereed journals

  1. “Thomas Lovell Beddoes and William John Hamilton.” Journal of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society 11 (2006): 18-25

  2. “Lionel and Anthony von Rothschild at Göttingen University.” Rothschild Research Forum Newsletter, August 2005 ––. Reprinted in Journal of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society 11 (2006): 32-38


  1. Literature Insights: Frankenstein. Humanities Insights. Humanities Ebooks, 2007. ––. Reprinted as Frankenstein. Leicester: Troubador, 2008

  2. John Clare: York Notes, Advanced. London: Longman, 2008. 2 editions

  3. Kazuo Ishiguro. The Remains of the Day. Corby, Northamptonshire: First and Best, 2004





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