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Faculty Bio

Coombs, David

Coombs, David

Assistant Professor, Literature and History of Technology

Office: 613 Strode

Research Interests:
David Coombs’ research and teaching interests include Victorian literature; the history of science and technology; neurocognitive science and literature; and aesthetic theory. He received his PhD from Cornell in 2011, after which he spent a year as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Humanities. He is currently at work on a book examining the role played by Victorian literature in shaping the field of neuroscience during its emergence in the nineteenth century.

Selected Professional Works

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Towards a Strategic Presentism.” Introduction to a special forum in Victorian Studies. Co-authored with Danielle Coriale. (forthcoming)

“Dickens’ Resonance.” Boundary 2 Review. (forthcoming)

“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.