Essaka Joshua, Associate Dean

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Essaka Joshua

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

The Associate Dean oversees all Arts and Letters undergraduate degree programs, including college-wide undergraduate programs not directly housed in a department (e.g., Arts and Letters/Science Honors Program, and the College Seminar Program), and those offered in affiliated centers, programs, and institutes.

Contact Information

104 O’Shaughnessy Hall



Ph.D. – University of Birmingham, UK
M.A. – University of Oxford, UK
B.A. – University of Oxford, UK

Formerly tenured at the University of Birmingham (UK), Essaka Joshua came to Notre Dame in 2008. She is the author of three monographs, and has published widely on disability and eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature. In 2012, Dean Joshua was the winner of the Society for Disability Studies’ Tyler Rigg Award for literature and literary analysis. Dean Joshua's latest monograph is currently under review. She is currently working on a book on disability and the Romantic stage.

Areas of Scholarly Interest 

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Literature; Disability Studies; Myth and Folklore Studies

Publications: Research Books

  1. Physical Disability in British Romantic Literature. Cambridge University Press. In press. 
  2. Romantics and the May Day Tradition. The Nineteenth Century Series. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007. Reprinted in Routledge Historical Resources: Romanticism. London and New York: Routledge, 2018. Shortlisted for the Folklore Society’s 2008 Katherine Briggs Award. Previous winners include E. P. Thompson, Vladimir Propp, and Marina Warner.
  3. Pygmalion and Galatea: The History of a Narrative in English Literature. The Nineteenth Century Series. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001.

Publications: Articles and Chapters

  1. “Disability and Deformity: Function Impairment and Aesthetics in the Long Eighteenth Century.” In The Cambridge Companion to Literature and Disability. Ed. Clare Barker and Stuart Murray. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2018. 47-61.
  2. “Introduction” Special Issue of Journal of Narrative Theory. Dis/Enabling Narratives. 47.3 (2017).
  3. “Picturesque Aesthetics: Theorising Deformity in the Romantic Era.” In Disabling Romanticism: Body, Mind, and Text. Ed. Michael Bradshaw. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 29-48.
  4. “Introduction.” In Disabling Romanticism: Body, Mind, and Text. Ed. Michael Bradshaw. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 1-17. Co-authored with Michael Bradshaw.
  5. “‘I began to see’: Biblical Models of Disability in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.” In The Madwoman and Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability. Ed. David Bolt, Julia Miele Rodas and Elizabeth J. Donaldson, with a foreword by Lennard J. Davis. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2012. 111–128.
  6. “‘Blind Vacancy’: Sighted Culture and Voyeuristic Historiography in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” European Romantic Review 22.1 (2011): 49-69.
  7. “The Drifting Language of Architectural Accessibility in Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris.” Disability Studies Quarterly 31:3 (2011): 1–16.
  8. “William Weir, Thomas James Arnold and the Attribution of Articles in the Wellesley Index and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.” Journal of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society 12 (2006): 3–8.  Reprinted in Scottish Historical Review, 86 (2007): 319–27. Co-authored with Eleoma Joshua.
  9. “Wordsworth Amongst the Aristotelians.” Journal of the History of Ideas 67 (2006): 513– 24.
  10. “Charlotte Smith’s Desmond: Romance and the Man of Principle in the Domestic and Public Spheres.” The Eighteenth Century Novel 5 (2006): 277–319.
  11. “Thomas Lovell Beddoes and William John Hamilton.” Journal of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society 11 (2006): 18–25.
  12. “Lionel and Anthony von Rothschild at Göttingen University.” Rothschild Research Forum Newsletter, August 2005. Reprinted in Journal of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society 11 (2006): 32–38.
  13. “Thomas Lovell Beddoes.” Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era 1760-1850. Ed. Christopher John Murray, 2 vols. London: Routledge, 2004. 1: 64–66.
  14. “‘Almost my hope of heaven’: Idolatry and Messianic Symbolism in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.” Philological Quarterly 81 (2002): 81–107. Reprinted in Harold Bloom. Ed., Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: The Brontës. New York: Chelsea House, 2008. 35–59.
  15. “‘Marking the Dates with Accuracy’: The Time Problem in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” Gothic Studies 3 (2001): 279–308.
  16.  “The Mythographic Context of Shaw’s Pygmalion.” Nineteenth Century Theatre 26 (1998): 112–37.
  17. Chaucer’s Ghoast and Gower’s Confessio Amantis.” Notes and Queries 242, n. s. 44 (1997): 458–59.

Editorial work

  1. Editor, Special Issue of Journal of Narrative Theory. Dis/Enabling Narratives 47.3 (2017)
  2. Editor, “Contexts: Disability.” In The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Volume 4: The Age of Romanticism. Eds. Joseph Black. Leonard Conolly, Kate Flint, Isobel Grundy, Don LePan, Roy Liuzza, Jerome J. McGann, Anne Lake Prescott, Barry V. Qualls, and Claire Waters. 3rd Edn. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview: 2018. 

Publications: Text Books

  1. John Clare: York Notes, Advanced. London: Longman, 2008. 2 editions.
  2. Literature Insights: Frankenstein. Humanities Insights. Humanities Ebooks, 2007. Reprinted as Frankenstein. Leicester: Troubador, 2008.
  3. Kazuo Ishiguro. The Remains of the Day. Corby, Northamptonshire: First and Best, 2004.