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Rachel Ablow

Associate Professor Rachel Ablow

Associate Professor
Office: 431 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0690
E-mail address:


Victorian literature and culture; history of the novel; gender and sexuality; history of the emotions, sensation, and experience.

Current Courses

Fall 2014

MWF   10:00 - 10:50
Reg. No. 23576

Friday 12:30-3:10, Clemens 1032
Registration Numbers:  (A) 23616    (B) 23617

Works in Progress

"Speaking Pain in Victorian Literature and Culture" (monograph)

Selected Publications

  • The Marriage of Minds: Reading Sympathy in the Victorian Marriage Plot. Stanford University Press, 2007.
  • Editor and Introduction. The Feeling of Reading: Affective Experience and Victorian Literature. University of Michigan Press, 2010.
  • Editor and Introduction. "Victorian Feeling." Special issue of Victorian Studies 50.3 (Spring 2008).
  • "Tortured Sympathies: Victorian Literature and the Ticking Time-Bomb Scenario." ELH. Spring 2013.
  • "Consciousness, Interiority, and the Novel." Solicited essay. The Blackwell Companion to the English Novel. Blackwell Press, Spring 2013.
  • "Victorian Passions." Solicited essay. The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, Spring 2012.
  • "Addressing the Reader: The Autobiographical Voice." Solicited essay. The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume 3, 1820-1880. Oxford University Press, November, 2011.
  • "Reading and Re-reading: Wilde, Newman, and Fictional Belief." The Feeling of Reading: Affective Experience and Victorian Literature. (Reprinted in Joseph Bristow, ed., Adventures in the Wilde Archive: Traditions, Histories, Discoveries. Forthcoming from University of Toronto Press.)
  • "Oscar Wilde’s Fictions of Belief." Novel: A Forum on Fiction 42.2 (Summer, 2009): 175-82.