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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; she is currently working on two projects, one on disability, time, and form in Romantic literature, and one on disability and race in the long eighteenth century.

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

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