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Dr. Vanessa Warne

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

Education: PhD (Queen's University)

      Vanessa Warne



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


Current Projects / Collaborations
  • A monograph exploring the entry of blind people into literacy in the Victorian period.
  • Crafting Communities: A Series of Victorian Object Lessons & Scholarly Exchanges in COVID Times; a SSHRC-sponsored project led by Dr. Mary Elizabeth Leighton (University of Victoria) in collaboration with team members Dr. Andrea Korda, Dr. Karen Bourrier and Dr. Denae Dyck. Visit: https://vsawc.org/crafting-communities/
Recent Collaborations
  • “Blindness Arts,” a special issue of Disability Studies Quarterly, co-edited with Dr. Hannah Thompson (Royal Holloway, University of London): https://dsq-sds.org/issue/view/160
  • Books Without Ink: Reading, Writing and Blindness 1830-1930, an exhibit on the history of raised-print books (September 2015-May 2016; with Sabrina Mark): https://www.bookswithoutink.com/ 
  • Blind Creations, a conference and micro-arts festival exploring blindness, creativity and accessibility (June 2015); co-convened with Dr. Hannah Thompson: http://blindcreations.blogspot.com/
Publications since 2009
  • “Poet and Beggar: Edmund White’s Blindness.” Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability, ed. Alice Hall, Routledge, 2020, pp. 181-192.
  • “Blindness: Creating and Consuming a Non-Visual Culture.” A Cultural History of Disability in the Long Nineteenth Century. Martha Stoddard Holmes and Joyce Huff eds., Bloomsbury, 2019, pp. 79-95.
  • “‘Mountains might be marked by a drop of glue’: Blindness, Touch & Tactile Maps.” Victorian Environments, Michelle Smith and Grace Moore eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp. 97-114.
  • “Readymade Code: Braille in Contemporary Visual Culture.” Disability Studies Quarterly (38:2) 2018; https://dsq-sds.org/article/view/6471
  • “Blindness and Design: Kneass’ Philadelphia Magazine for the Blind (1899).” Object Lessons / Special Issue, Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge eds.; Cahiers Victoriens et Eduardiens (84) Fall 2016; https://journals.openedition.org/cve/2996
  • “Blind Authors and Blind Readers.” Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, Dino Felluga, Pamela Gilbert, and Linda Hughes eds. (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. Colette Colligan and Margaret Linley eds. 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.


  • Students’ Teachers Recognition Award (2018)
  • University of Manitoba, Merit Award for Service (2015)
  • Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Outreach Award; “Award in recognition of outstanding outreach by a member of the University” (2015)
  • University of Manitoba; Merit Award for Teaching (2009)
  • Olive Beatrice Stanton Award for Excellence in Teaching (2008)
  • University of Manitoba; Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award (2007)

 Positions Held

Recent and Current Courses

  • Poetry of Mourning
  • The Victorian Body
  • Literature and the Museum
  • Paper Chase: Documents and Detection in Victorian Literature
  • Disability Studies: Methods