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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 Materialities: Transatlantic Machines, Media, and Marginalized PeoplesLink opens in a new window


Justin Tackett specializes in British and American literatures of the long nineteenth century with a focus on science, media, and culture. His work has included studies of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Thomas Hardy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, John Clare, Stephen Crane, and Charles Williams. His current book project addresses the relationships between nineteenth-century sound technology (stethoscopes, telegraphs, phonographs, telephones, microphones, wireless) and the poetry of Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, John Keats, Sarah Josepha Hale, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., John Rollin Ridge, and many more.

Research interests

British, American, Canadian, and Irish literatures from late eighteenth century to present; science, media, and culture; 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

Book chapters
  • “Stethoscape: Auscultation in British Fiction,” forthcoming in Literary Fiction and the Hearing Sciences (Routledge)

  • "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