Ohio University Press publishes current research in Victorian studies. We are interested in work that extends the boundaries of literary criticism and creates conversations across disciplines, including literature, theater, history, art history, religion, political economy, law, and urban studies.

Our books in Victorian studies foster research that considers how Victorians came to understand and represent their domestic lives, their local communities, and their place in an increasingly integrated, yet still strange world.

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Joseph McLaughlin
Ohio University

Elizabeth Miller
University of California, Davis

Drawing on the Victorians · The Palimpsest of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Texts

Edited by Anna Maria Jones and Rebecca N. Mitchell · Afterword by Kate Flint

Late nineteenth-century Britain experienced an unprecedented explosion of visual print culture and a simultaneous rise in literacy across social classes. New printing technologies facilitated quick and cheap dissemination of images—illustrated books, periodicals, cartoons, comics, and ephemera—to a mass readership. This Victorian visual turn prefigured the present-day impact of the Internet on how images are produced and shared, both driving and reflecting the visual culture of its time.

Reading for Health · Medical Narratives and the Nineteenth-Century Novel

By Erika Wright

In Reading for Health: Medical Narratives and the Nineteenth-Century Novel, Erika Wright argues that the emphasis in Victorian Studies on disease as the primary source of narrative conflict that must be resolved has obscured the complex reading practices that emerge around the concept of health.

Grounded in literary studies and spanning the Americas, India, England, and Scotland, this book explores the relationship between economic concepts and culture in the period, focusing on how economic tropes were abstracted into other discourses in fields as diverse as evolutionary science, business, or literary narrative.

Forget Me Not · The Rise of the British Literary Annual, 1823–1835

By Katherine D. Harris

Katherine D. Harris assesses the phenomenal rise of the literary annual and its origins in English, German, and French literary forms as well as its social influence on women, its redefinition of the feminine, and its effects on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century print culture.

Religious Imaginaries · The Liturgical and Poetic Practices of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, and Adelaide Procter

By Karen Dieleman

Charity and Condescension · Victorian Literature and the Dilemmas of Philanthropy

By Daniel Siegel

A Room of His Own · A Literary-Cultural Study of Victorian Clubland

By Barbara Black