Teaching Professor and Joseph Morahan Director of the College Seminar
Specialty: Romantic-era and Victorian British Literature, Disability Studies, Myth and Folklore
Degrees: B.A., M. A., Oxford University; Ph.D., Birmingham University (UK)
Formerly tenured at the University of Birmingham (UK), Essaka Joshua came to Notre Dame in 2008. She is the author of The Romantics and the May Day Tradition. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007 and Pygmalion and Galatea: The History of a Narrative in English Literature. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001. She has also published journal articles on writers including Mary Shelley, William Wordsworth, Charlotte Brontë, Charlotte Smith, Thomas Lovell Beddoes and George Bernard Shaw in publications such as the Journal of the History of Ideas, Philological Quarterly, European Romantic Review, The Eighteenth Century Novel, Nineteenth Century Theatre and Gothic Studies. Her work has appeared in a major essay collection by Harold Bloom (Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: The Brontës – New Edition. New York: Chelsea House, 2008) and her second monograph was shortlisted for the Folklore Society’s 2008 Katherine Briggs Award — an award previously won by E. P. Thompson, Vladimir Propp, and Marina Warner. Joshua held a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Oxford (Oriel College) in 2005–6, and has won $85,000 in grant awards, including a British Academy Research Grant for research on Göttingen University in the 1820s (2006) and an ISLA Faculty Lead Grant of $15,000 from the University of Notre Dame (2010). Essaka Joshua has organized a conference on (Re)defining Romantic Keywords at the Department of English, University of Birmingham (2006) and a conference on Blindness at the University of Notre Dame (2009). She founded the Disability Studies Forum at Notre Dame in 2008, bringing together a lively research group through a visiting-speaker program.
In addition to her primary research, Essaka Joshua has published introductory books on John Clare (John Clare: York Notes, Advanced. London: Longman, 2008), Mary Shelley (Literature Insights: Frankenstein. Humanities Insights. Humanities Ebooks, 2007; reprinted as Frankenstein. Leicester: Troubador, 2008.) and Kazuo Ishiguro (Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day. Corby, Northamptonshire: First and Best, 2004).
- The Romantics and the May Day Tradition. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007.
- Pygmalion and Galatea: The History of a Narrative in English Literature. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001.
- Physical Disability in British Romantic Literature (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press).
- “The Drifting Language of Architectural Accessibility in Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris.” Disability Studies Quarterly 31:3 (2011): 1–16. Winner of the 2011 Tyler Rigg Award for Disability Studies Scholarship in Literature and Literary Analysis
- “‘Blind Vacancy’: Sighted Culture and Voyeuristic Historiography in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” European Romantic Review 22.1 (2011): 49-69.
- “Wordsworth Amongst the Aristotelians.” Journal of the History of Ideas 67 (2006): 513–24.
- “Charlotte Smith’s Desmond: Romance and the Man of Principle in the Domestic and Public Spheres.” The Eighteenth Century Novel 5 (2006): 277–319.
- “William Weir, Thomas James Arnold and the Attribution of Articles in the Wellesley Index and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.” Scottish Historical Review, 86 (2007): 319–27. Co-authored with Eleoma Joshua (50% co-authorship).
- “‘Almost my hope of heaven’: Idolatry and Messianic Symbolism in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.” Philological Quarterly 81 (2002): 81–107. ---. Reprinted in Bloom, Harold. Ed., Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: The Brontës – New Edition. New York: Chelsea House, 2008. 35–59.
- “‘Marking the Dates with Accuracy’: The Time Problem in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” Gothic Studies 3 (2001): 279–308.
- “The Mythographic Context of Shaw’s Pygmalion.” Nineteenth Century Theatre 26 (1998): 112–37.
- “Chaucer’s Ghoast and Gower’s Confessio Amantis.” Notes and Queries 242, n. s. 44 (1997): 458–9.
Chapters in Books
- “‘I began to see’: Biblical Models of Disability in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre” in The Madwoman and Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability. Edited by David Bolt, Julia Miele Rodas and Elizabeth J. Donaldson, with a foreword by Lennard J. Davis. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2012. 111–128.
Articles in Non-refereed Journals
- “Thomas Lovell Beddoes and William John Hamilton.” Journal of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society 11 (2006): 18–25.
- “Lionel and Anthony von Rothschild at Göttingen University.” Rothschild Research Forum Newsletter, August 2005. Reprinted in Journal of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society 11 (2006): 32–38.
- John Clare: York Notes, Advanced. London: Longman, 2008. 2 editions.
- Literature Insights: Frankenstein. Humanities Insights. Humanities Ebooks, 2007. Reprinted as Frankenstein. Leicester: Troubador, 2008.
- Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day. Corby, Northamptonshire: First and Best, 2004.
- “Myth” in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Victorian Literature. Ed. Jennifer Vafidis and Juliet John. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming (http://aboutobo.com/victorian-literature/). Publication date: Spring 2013.
- “Thomas Lovell Beddoes.” Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era 1760-1850. Ed. Christopher John Murray, 2 vols. London: Routledge, 2004. 1: 64–66.
Recent Honors and Awards
- Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK equivalent of NEH), Peer Review Panel Member, since 2007
- Hesburgh Lecturer since 2008
- British Association for Romantic Studies, Executive Committee, 2005–8
- Council for College and University English, Delegate, 2003–7
- Staffordshire University, External Auditor to BA English Literature, 2002–6
- The Ivor Gurney Society Journal, Reviews Editor, 1997–2000
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