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 Nanovic Institute for European Studies.


Recent Publications


  • Essaka Joshua, Physical Disability in British Romantic Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020).
  • Essaka Joshua, The Romantics and the May Day Tradition (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007).
  • Essaka Joshua, Pygmalion and Galatea: The History of a Narrative in English Literature (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001).

Articles and Chapters

  • Essaka Joshua, “Disability and Deformity: Function Impairment and Aesthetics in the Long Eighteenth Century,” in The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability, ed. by Clare Barker and Stuart Murray (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2018), 47-61.
  • Essaka Joshua, “Introduction to Dis/Enabling Narratives,” Journal of Narrative Theory. Special Issue: Dis/Enabling Narratives 47.3 (2017) 305-316.
  • Essaka Joshua, “Picturesque Aesthetics: Theorising Deformity in the Romantic Era,” In Disabling Romanticism: Body, Mind, and Text, ed. by Michael Bradshaw (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 29-48.
  • Essaka Joshua and Michael Bradshaw, “Introduction,” in Disabling Romanticism: Body, Mind, and Text, ed. Michael Bradshaw (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 1-27.
  • Essaka Joshua, “‘I began to see’: Biblical Models of Disability in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre” in The Madwoman and Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability, ed. by David Bolt, Julia Miele Rodas and Elizabeth J. Donaldson, with a foreword by Lennard J. Davis (Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2012), 111-128.
  • Essaka Joshua, “‘Blind Vacancy’: Sighted Culture and Voyeuristic Historiography in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” European Romantic Review 22.1 (2011): 49-69.
  • Essaka Joshua, “The Drifting Language of Architectural Accessibility in Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris,” Disability Studies Quarterly 31:3 (2011): 1–16.
  • Essaka Joshua and Eleoma Joshua, “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.
  • Essaka Joshua, “Wordsworth Amongst the Aristotelians,” Journal of the History of Ideas 67 (2006): 513–24.
  • Essaka Joshua, “Charlotte Smith’s Desmond: Romance and the Man of Principle in the Domestic and Public Spheres,” The Eighteenth Century Novel 5 (2006): 277–319.
  • Essaka Joshua, “‘Almost my hope of heaven’: Idolatry and Messianic Symbolism in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre,” Philological Quarterly 81 (2002): 81–107. Reprinted in Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: The Brontës, ed. by Harold Bloom (New York: Chelsea House, 2008), 35–59.
  • Essaka Joshua, “‘Marking the Dates with Accuracy’: The Time Problem in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” Gothic Studies 3 (2001): 279–308.
  • Essaka Joshua, “The Mythographic Context of Shaw’s Pygmalion,” Nineteenth Century Theatre 26 (1998): 112–37.
  • Essaka Joshua, “Chaucer’s Ghoast and Gower’s Confessio Amantis,” Notes and Queries 242, n. s. 44 (1997): 458–9.


  • Essaka Joshua, “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)
  • Reviews Editor, The Ivor Gurney Society Journal, 1997–2000

Other Refereed Publications

  • Essaka Joshua, “Myth” in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Victorian Literature, ed. by Jennifer Vafidis and Juliet John (Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2018).
  • Essaka Joshua, “Thomas Lovell Beddoes,” in Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era 1760-1850, ed. by Christopher John Murray, 2 vols (London: Routledge, 2004), 1: 64-66.


Recent Honors and Awards

  • 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
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Peer Review Panel, 2007-2014
  • Tyler Rigg Award for Literature and Literary Analysis, Society for Disability Studies, 2012
  • British Association for Romantic Studies, Executive Committee, 2005–8
  • Director, Disability Studies Forum at University of Notre Dame 2008-
  • Visiting Fellowship, Oriel College, University of Oxford, 2005-6
  • Council for College and University English, UK, Delegate, 2003-7
  • Staffordshire University, External Auditor to BA English Literature, 2002-6


Contact Information
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Postal address
Department of English
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Notre Dame, IN 46556