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Emily Stanback

Dr. Emily Stanback

Associate Professor


Emily B. Stanback works at the intersections of British Romantic literature, disability studies, the health humanities, and the histories of medicine and science. Her book, The Wordsworth-Coleridge Circle and the Aesthetics of Disability (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) argues for the importance of disability to authors of the Wordsworth-Coleridge circle. By examining texts in a variety of genres―ranging from self-experimental medical texts to lyric poetry to metaphysical essays―the book demonstrates the extent to which non-normative embodiment was central to Romantic-era thought and Romantic-era aesthetics.

She is co-director of The Gravestone Project, a digital humanities collective that seeks to center the methodologies of the humanities and arts to investigate aspects of 17th- to 19th-century memorials and memorial cultures. She is also founding co-editor of The Keats Letters Project, which publishes critical and creative responses to the letters of poet John Keats.

  • PHD - CUNY Graduate School and University Center (2013)
  • MA - University of Chicago (2003)

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British Romanticism, 18th- and 19th-century literature, health humanities / medical humanities, disability studies, histories of medicine and science