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Blindness and writing : from Wordsworth to Gissing / Heather Tilley.

  • Tilley, Heather, 1981-
  • Books

About this work


This book examines the huge shifts that took place in the experience and conceptualisation of blindness during the nineteenth century, and demonstrates how new writing technologies for blind people had transformative effects on literary culture. Considering the ways in which visually-impaired people used textual means to shape their own identities, the book argues that blindness was also a significant trope through which writers reflected on the act of crafting literary form -- Provided by publisher.


Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Physical description

xiii, 275 pages : black and white illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Part 1. Blind People's Writing Practices. Writing blindness, from vision to touch -- The materiality of blindness in Wordsworth's imagination -- 'A literature for the blind': the development of raised print systems -- Memoirs of the blind: the genre of blind biographical writing -- Part 2. Literary Blindness. Blindness, gender, and autobiography: reading and writing the self in Jane Eyre, Aurora Leigh, and The Life of Charlotte Brontë -- Writing blindness: Dickens -- Embodying blindness in the Victorian novel: Frances Browne's My Share of the World and Wilkie Collins' Poor Miss Finch -- Blindness, writing, and the failure of imagination in Gissing's New Grub Street.


  • English

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    History of Medicine
    Open shelves

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  • 9781107194212
  • 1107194210