Jennifer Esmail

Assistant Professor
Department of English and Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University


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

Selected Publications

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.


SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Ph.D., English Literature, Queen’s University

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