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Faculty Bio

Coombs, David

Coombs, David

Assistant Professor, Literature and History of Technology

Office: 613 Strode

Ph.D. English, Cornell University; M.A. English, Cornell University; B.A. English, Indiana University - Bloomington

Research Interests:
David Coombs’ research interests include Victorian literature and the history of science and technology. He received his PhD from Cornell in 2011, after which he was a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Humanities. His current book project examines the Victorian literary response to the distinction drawn between sensation and perception by the nineteenth-century sciences.

Selected Professional Works

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Walter Pater and the Sense and Reference of Sound.” Nineteenth-Century Literature, forthcoming.

“Does Grandcourt Exist?: Description and Fictional Characters.” Victorian Studies 59.3, Spring 2017.

“Dickens’ Resonance.” the b2o review. 4 October 2016.

“Descriptive Turns in the Victorian 21st Century.” V21: Victorian Studies for the 21st Century. 13 July 2015.

“An Untrained Eye: The Tachistoscope and Photographic Vision in Early Experimental Psychology.” History and Technology 28.1, Spring 2012.

“Reading in the Dark: Sensory Perception and Agency in The Return of the Native.” ELH 78.4, Winter 2011.

“Entwining Tongues: Postcolonial Theory, Post-Soviet Literatures, and Bilingualism in Chingiz Aitmatov’s I dol’she veka dlitsia den’.” The Journal of Modern Literature 34.3, Spring 2011.