Assistant Professor, Literature and History of Technology
Office: 613 Strode
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.
“Does Grandcourt Exist?: Description and Fictional Characters.” Victorian Studies 59.3, Spring 2017.
“Towards a Strategic Presentism.” Introduction to a special forum in Victorian Studies. Co-authored with Danielle Coriale. Victorian Studies 59.1, Autumn 2016.
“Dickens’ Resonance.” Boundary 2 Review. 4 October 2016.
“Descriptive Turns in the Victorian 21st Century.” The V21 Collective. 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.