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Dr. Vanessa Warne

Associate Professor
Office: 637 Fletcher Argue
Email: Vanessa.Warne@umanitoba.ca


Education: PhD (Queen's University), MA (Queen's University), BA Honours (Queen's University)

      Vanessa Warne


Recent Courses:

  • Literature and the Museum
  • Paper Chase: Documents and Detection in Victorian Literature
  • Disability Studies: Methods

Research Interests: Victorian literature and culture; disability studies; history of the book; blindness.

Current Projects:
  • A monograph exploring the entry of blind people into literacy in the early Victorian period and the development of print culture created for and by blind people.
  • A special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly, co-edited with Dr. Hannah Thompson (Royal Holloway) tentatively titled ‘Blindness Arts’
Recent Projects:
  • Books Without Ink: Reading, Writing and Blindness 1830-1930, an exhibit on the history of raised-print books (September 2015-May 2016)—supported by SSHRC Connection Grant and featuring artifacts loaned by the American Printing House for the Blind Museum, the Perkins School for the Blind, and the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind. Visit: http://chrr.info/events/879-books-without-ink-sept-18-
  • Victorian Intimacies: An International Conference, April 2016—a meeting of 80 scholars who came together to explore the theme of intimacy in Victorian culture. Visit: http://web.uvic.ca/vsawc/vsawc-conferences/2016-conference/
  • Blind Creations, June 2015—a conference and micro-arts festival that brought together 120 academics, activists and artists to explore blindness, creativity and accessibility. Convened with Dr. Hannah Thompson. Visit: http://web.uvic.ca/vsawc/vsawc-conferences/2016-conference/
Other Roles:
Awards and Recognitions:
  • Nominee, YWCA YMCA Women of Distinction Award (Arts, Culture and Heritage; 2016)
  • Merit Award (for Service, 2015)
  • Campbell Outreach Award (2015)
  • Merit Award (for Teaching, 2009)
  • Olive Beatrice Stanton Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008)
  • U of Manitoba Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award (2007)
Selected Publications since 2009:
  • “Blind Authors and Blind Readers.” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature eds. Dino Felluga, Pamela Gilbert, and Linda Hughes (2015).
  • “How a Blind Man Saw”: Exhibitions and Visually Disabled Visitors in Victorian Britain / “Comment un aveugle a vu l’Exposition international”: Spectateurs malvoyants dans la Grande-Bretagne victorienne. Corpus: Revue de Philosophie 67 (2014): 109-132.
  • "Between the Sheets: Contagion, Touch, and Text.” 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 19 (2014): 1-9. http://19.bbk.ac.uk
  • “‘So that the sense of touch may supply the want of sight’: Blind Reading in Nineteenth-Century Britain.” Media, Technology, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century: Image, Sound, Touch. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011. 43-64.
  • “Clearing the Streets: Blindness and Begging in Henry Mayhew’s London Labour and the London Poor.” City Limits: Perspectives on the Historical European City. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2010. 205-226.
  • “‘To Invest a Cripple with Peculiar Interest’: Money, Mobility and Prosthetics at Mid-Century.” Victorian Review 35:2, Fall 2009: 83-100.