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Rachel Ablow, Ph.D.

Department of English, Associate Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

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


  1. The Marriage of Minds: Reading Sympathy in the Victorian Marriage Plot. Stanford University Press, 2007.

Editorial Projects

  1. Editor and Introduction. The Feeling of Reading: Affective Experience and Victorian Literature. University of Michigan Press, 2010.
  2. Editor and Introduction. “Victorian Feeling.” Special issue of Victorian Studies 50.3 (Spring 2008). 

Articles and Other Publications

  1. “Tortured Sympathies: Victorian Literature and the Ticking Time-Bomb Scenario.” ELH. Forthcoming, Spring 2013.
  2. “Victorian Passions.” Solicited essay. The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel. Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, Spring 2012.
  3. “The Married Women’s Property Act of 1870.” Solicited essay. BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Felluga. Spring 2012.
  4. “Addressing the Reader: The Autobiographical Voice.” Solicited essay. The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume 3, 1820-1880. Oxford University Press, January 2012.
  5. Book review of Adela Pinch, Thinking About Other People in Nineteenth-Century British Writing. RaVoN: Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. Forthcoming, Summer, 2012.
  6. Book review of Audrey Jaffe, The Affective Life of the Average Man: The Victorian Novel and the Stock-Market Graph. Novel: A Forum on Fiction. Fall 2011.
  7.  “Reading and Re-reading: Wilde, Newman, and Fictional Belief.” The Feeling of Reading: Affective Experience and Victorian Literature. (To be reprinted in Joseph Bristow, ed., Adventures in the Wilde Archive: Traditions, Histories, Discoveries. Forthcoming from University of Toronto Press.)
  8. Book review of William A. Cohen, Embodied: Victorian Literature and the Senses. Victorian Studies. 52.1 (Autumn 2009): 155-57.
  9. “Oscar Wilde’s Fictions of Belief.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 42.2 (Summer, 2009): 175-82.
  10. Book review of Nicholas Dames, The Physiology of the Novel: Reading, Neural Science, and the Form of Victorian Fiction. RaVoN: Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 53 (Feb. 2009). <>.
  11. “Victorian Feeling and the Victorian Novel.” Solicited article. Literature Compass 4.1 (January, 2007): 298-316.
  12. “Wilkie Collins.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature. Solicited article. Ed. Nancy Armstrong. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. 48-51
  13. “Good Vibrations: The Sensationalization of Masculinity in The Woman in White.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 37 (Fall 2003/Spring 2004): 158-80.
  14. “Labors of Love: The Sympathetic Subjects of Charles Dickens's David Copperfield.” Dickens Studies Annual 31 (2002): 23-46.