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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
April 17, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Jennifer Esmail

Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.ext. 3186

Office Location: DAWB 2-139
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30-12:30, or by appointment
Personal Website:
Academic Background

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of English, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

PhD - English literature, Queen's University


Research Interests:

- Victorian literature
- Deaf and Disability Studies
- Animal Studies
- History of Media and Technology


Reading Victorian Deafness: Signs and Sounds in Victorian Literature and Culture. Ohio University Press, 2013.

“‘I Listened With My Eyes’: Writing Speech and Reading Deafness in the Fiction of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. ELH: English Literary History 78.4 (Winter 2011).

“‘Perchance My Hand May Touch the Lyre’: Orality and Textuality in Nineteenth-Century Deaf Poetry.” Victorian Poetry 49.4 (Winter 2011).

“The Power of Deaf Poetry: The Exhibition of Literacy and the Nineteenth-Century Sign Language Debates.” Sign Language Studies 8.4 (Summer 2008): 348 – 68.

Guest co-editor with Christopher Keep. Victorian Review. Special Issue: Victorian Disability 35.2. Fall 2009.

Additional Information

Courses taught:

EN 119:    Reading Fiction
EN 301:    Literary Theory
EN 396:    Mid-Victorian Literature
EN 450m: Disability in Victorian Literature

EN 692j:   Animals in Victorian Fiction