Jason S. Farr (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2013) researches and teaches courses in British literature and culture of the long eighteenth century, disability studies, gender and sexuality studies, queer theory, deaf studies, and the health humanities. His book, Novel Bodies: Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature (Bucknell UP 2019), examines how fictional representations of physical disability, deafness, and chronic illness shape the literary history of sexuality. Novel Bodies shows that Enlightenment authors employ variably embodied characters in their fiction to intervene in debates ranging from courtship to education, from feminism to medicine, and from kinship to plantation life. At the same time, these novelists, some of whom were themselves disabled, offer keen insight into the lived experiences of disability and non-normative genders and sexualities in the eighteenth century. Dr. Farr’s research has appeared in venues such as Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and the edited collection, The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth Century (Bucknell UP, 2014). His public-facing writing appears in ProfessionThe Rambling, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Before arriving to the Department of English at Marquette University, Dr. Farr served as Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi in South Texas (2014-18), and prior to that, he taught in the Literature Department at the University of California, San Diego. His courses routinely challenge students to think more expansively about disability, sexuality, gender, race, and variable bodies. Attuned to ongoing conversations about accessibility, he is constantly seeking innovative ways to establish more inclusive classrooms and communities. He has been hard of hearing for more than ten years, and his atypical experience of sound and speech directly informs his research and teaching practices.




2013         Ph.D., Literature, University of California, San Diego

2003        B.A., English, University of Utah

2002        B.A., Spanish, University of Utah




Novel Bodies: Disability and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Bucknell University Press (Transits Series: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850). (2019)

Journal Articles

 “Colonizing Gestures: Crusoe, the Signing Sovereign,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction. 29.4: 537-562. (2017)

“Libertine Sexuality and Queer-Crip Embodiment in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” in “New Queer Readings.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. 16.4: 96-118. (2016)

“Sharp Minds/Twisted Bodies: Intellect, Disability, and Female Education in Burney’s Camilla (1796),” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. 55.1: 1-17. (2014)

Book Chapters

“Attractive Deformity: Enabling the ‘Shocking Monster’ from Sarah Scott’s Agreeable Ugliness,” in The Idea of Disability in the Eighteenth Century(Bucknell UP): 181-201.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Homosexuality,” Encyclopedia of British Literature: 1660-1789, eds. Gary Day and Jack Lynch (Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell): 601-604.

Blog Posts


    Mute Subjects: Nonverbal Communication and the Politics of Silence in British Literature & Culture, 1660-1832.

    The Queerness that Endures: A Mormon Family History.

    “Refiguring Oralism: Francis Green, Charles Shirreff, and Braidwood’s Academy for the Deaf and Dumb in Later Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh.”

    “Cultivating Well-being through Improvisational Accessibility in Romanticism Classrooms,”Romantic Circles special issue, “Wellbeing in the Classroom.”


    2018-                The Defoe Society

    2012-                MLA

    2011-                ASECS

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