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Dr Justin Tackett

tackettLeverhulme Early Career Fellow

English and Comparative Literary StudiesLink opens in a new window

Email: justin.tackett [at]

Website: www.justintackett.orgLink opens in a new window

Humanities Building, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7HS

MA module: EN9A1 Victorian MaterialitiesLink opens in a new window


I specialize in transatlantic literatures from the eighteenth century to the present with a focus on technology, media, science, and culture. My recent publications have included studies of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Emily Dickinson, Thomas Hardy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Charles Williams. My current book project, The Sound Era: Poetry’s Machinery in the Long Nineteenth Century (under contract with Princeton University Press), addresses the relationships between sound technology (stethoscopes, telegraphs, phonographs, telephones, microphones, wireless, etc.) and the poetry of Anna Laetitia Barbauld, the Brontës, the Brownings, John Clare, William Cowper, Sarah Josepha Hale, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., John Keats, Edgar Allan Poe, John Rollin Ridge, Alfred Tennyson, Walt Whitman, and many more.

I teach on topics including interdisciplinary and transnational studies; poetry and poetics; sound studies; early film; digital humanities; gender and sexuality; race studies; medical humanities and disability studies; archive, book, and periodical studies.

Selected publications

  • The Sound Era: Poetry's Machinery in the Long Nineteenth Century (under contract with Princeton University Press)
Book chapters
  • “Stethoscape: Auscultation in British Fiction,” forthcoming in Literary Fiction and the Hearing Sciences (Routledge)

  • "[Review] The Oxford Handbook of Emily Dickinson (2022)." Review of English Studies, vol. 74, no. 317, November 2023, pp. 906-908.
  • “What Thomas Hardy knew about the unknowable.” Boston Globe, 9 July 2023.
  • "Deep(er) Nostalgia: Formulating Tech's In-control Valley and Uncanny Asymptote." Los Angeles Review of Books, 2021.
  • “Fidelity and Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Voice(s).” Victorian Review, vol. 46, no. 1, 2020, pp. 26-30.
  • “‘I heard his silver Call’: Emily Dickinson and the Poetry of Telegraphic Acoustics.” Review of English Studies, vol. 71, no. 299, 2019, pp. 328–354. (Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Emerging Scholars Award; Media Ecology Association Walter Benjamin Award)
  • “Hearing Wireless in Hardy’s ‘The Convergence of the Twain’.” Thomas Hardy Journal, vol. 35, 2019, pp. 17-39. (Thomas Hardy Society Patrick Tolfree Prize)
  • “Phonographic Hopkins: Sound, Cylinders, Silence, and ‘Spelt from Sibyl’s Leaves’.” Victorian Poetry (Hopkins Centenary Issue), vol. 56, no. 2, 2018, pp. 147-165.
  • “‘Ballade of the Periodical’: An Undocumented Poem by Charles Williams.” Notes and Queries, vol. 63, no. 2, 2016, pp. 292-3.
  • “From the Margin to the Core: The Vagaries of Publicizing Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins in 1918 and 1930.” The Hopkins Quarterly, vol. 42, nos. 1-2, 2015, pp. 1-22.
  • “Gerard Manley Hopkins (and Others) in OUP’s Periodical.Notes and Queries, vol. 257, no. 3, 2012, pp. 416-7.


  • PhD, Stanford University, English Literature
  • MSt, University of Oxford, English Literature
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, English and Philosophy