Essaka Joshua

Profile Joshua

Associate Professor

Specialty: Romantic-era and Victorian British Literature, Disability Studies, Myth and Folklore

Degrees: B.A., M. A., Oxford University; Ph.D., Birmingham University (UK)  

Essaka Joshua has published three monographs and numerous articles and chapters on Romantic and Victorian literature. Joshua currently specializes in Disability Studies and is engaged in a book project on disability in British Romantic theatre.

Joshua is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.


Recent Publications


  • Physical Disability in British Romantic Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020).
  • The Romantics and the May Day Tradition. The Nineteenth Century Series. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007. Reprinted in Routledge Historical Resources: Romanticism. London and New York: Routledge, 2018. Shortlisted for the Folklore Society’s 2008 Katherine Briggs Award. 
  • Pygmalion and Galatea: The History of a Narrative in English Literature. The Nineteenth Century Series. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001. Reprinted in Routledge Revivals. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.

Articles and Chapters

  • “Disability and Deformity: Function Impairment and Aesthetics in the Long Eighteenth Century.” In The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability. Ed. Clare Barker and Stuart Murray. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2018. 47-61.
  • “Introduction to Dis/Enabling Narratives.” Journal of Narrative Theory. Special Issue: Dis/Enabling Narratives 47.3 (2017) 305-316
  • “Picturesque Aesthetics: Theorising Deformity in the Romantic Era.” In Disabling Romanticism: Body, Mind, and Text. Ed. Michael Bradshaw. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 29-48
  • “Introduction.” co-authored with Michael Bradshaw. In Disabling Romanticism: Body, Mind, and Text. Ed. Michael Bradshaw. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 1-27


  • “Contexts: Disability,” in The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Volume 4: The Age of Romanticism, ed. by Joseph Black, Leonard Conolly, Kate Flint, Isobel Grundy, Don LePan, Roy Liuzza, Jerome J. McGann, Anne Lake Prescott, Barry V. Qualls, and Claire Waters, 3rd edn., (Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview: 2018).
  • Special Issue of Journal of Narrative Theory. Dis/Enabling Narratives 47.3 (2017)

Other Refereed Publications

  • “Myth” in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Victorian Literature, ed. by Jennifer Vafidis and Juliet John (Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2018).


Advisory Committees and Editorial Boards

  • Advisory board, Cambridge Studies in Romanticism Book Series, Cambridge University Press: from Fall 2021
  • Advisory Committee, PMLA, Modern Languages Association: 1 July 2021-30 June 2024
  • Charles Lamb Bulletin Editorial Board: 1 April 2021-
  • RÊVE: European Romanticisms in Association Advisory Board: July 2020-
  • College Board: Higher Education Advisory Committee (APHEAC): National committee that advises the AP Program on policies 1 October 1 2019-3 October 31 2022
  • General Education and Liberal Arts Associate’s Degree programs Advisory Board at the South Bend/Elkhart campus of Ivy Tech Community College: August 2020-


Current and Recent Service

  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, 2017-2020
  • AP Higher Education Advisory Committee of the College Board, 2019-2022
  • Director of the College Seminar, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame, 2011-2020
  •  Chair’s Advisory Committee, Department of English, Fall 2021-Spring 2023
  • Undergraduate Studies Committee, Department of English, Fall 2021-Spring 2023
  • Medicine and the Liberal Arts, Steering Committee, College of Arts and Letters, ND, Fall 2020-
  • Executive Committee of the Health, Humanities, and Society Program, John J. Reilly Center, Fall 2021-Fall 2023
  • Nanovic Fellows, Fall 2019-


Contact Information
271 Decio Hall
(574) 631-4573

Postal address
Department of English
233 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556