Rachel Ablow specializes in nineteenth-century literature and culture with research and teaching interests in the history and theory of the novel, the history of medicine, and the histories of epistemology, the sensations, and the emotions. She is the author of The Marriage of Minds: Reading Sympathy in the Victorian Marriage Plot (Stanford, 2007) and Victorian Pain (Princeton, 2017), and the editor of a special issue of the journal Victorian Studies on “Victorian Feelings” (2008), a volume of essays entitled The Feeling of Reading: Affective Experience and Victorian Literature (Michigan, 2010), and a special issue of the journal Representations on “The Social Life of Pain” (June, 2019). She is currently incoming editor of The Norton Anthology, Vol. E: The Victorian Age and editor of the journal Victorian Literature and Culture.
- Victorian Pain, Princeton University Press, 2017
- The Marriage of Minds: Reading Sympathy in the Victorian Marriage Plot. Stanford University Press, 2007.
- Co-Editor with Daniel Hack. Victorian Literature and Culture. Cambridge University Press.
- Editor and Introduction. “The Social Life of Pain.” Special issue of Representations. Forthcoming, May 2019.
- Co-editor with James Bono, Pain: Politics, Ethics, Aesthetics
- 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).
Articles and Book Chapters
- “Tortured Sympathies: Victorian Literature and the Ticking Time-Bomb Scenario.” ELH 80.4 (Winter 2013): 1145-1171.
- “Harriet Martineau and the Subject of Pain.” Victorian Studies. Summer 2014 (56.4).
- “Victorian Passions.” The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel. Cambridge University Press, December 2012.
- “The Married Women’s Property Act of 1870.” BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Felluga. September 2012.
- “Addressing the Reader: The Autobiographical Voice.” The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume 3, 1820-1880. Oxford University Press, January 2012.
- “Reading and Re-reading: Wilde, Newman, and Fictional Belief.” The Feeling of Reading: Affective Experience and Victorian Literature. (Rpt. in Joseph Bristow, ed., Wilde Discoveries: Traditions, Histories, Discoveries. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013)
- “Oscar Wilde’s Fictions of Belief.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 42.2 (Summer, 2009): 175-82.