About me

I’m Emily, an apprentice journalist, a nearly-done PhD student, a writer and an occasional picture-maker. My thing is the long nineteenth century and Neo-Victorianism in literature, art, and the archives, whether it’s ‘asylums’ or activism, science or the supernatural – and particularly when these intersect with folklore or cabaret or horror. Here are some of my […]

Review: Tuberculosis and Disabled Identity in Nineteenth-Century Literature

[This story was first published on The British Society for Literature and Science website. The original post can be read here: bsls.ac.uk/reviews/romantic-and-victorian/alex-tankard-tuberculosis-and-disabled-identity-in-nineteenth-century-literature-invalid-lives.] Alex Tankard, Tuberculosis and Disabled Identity in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Invalid Lives (London: Palgrave Macmillan 2018) ix + 238 pp. £62.99 PDF & EPUB, £79.00 Hb. ISBN 978-3-319-71445-5 Alex Tankard’s Tuberculosis and Disabled Identity in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Invalid […]

Peaches, pearls and pornography: The Handmaiden (Director’s Cut) review

I’ve long been a fan of Sarah Waters’ writing. Her works, often complex tales of romantic female relationships during the nineteenth century, whisk the reader through Victorian prisons, Whitstable oyster shops, Spiritualist parlours, a London baby farm, music halls, erotic libraries, and Socialist rallies. As a queer Victorianist, for me, Waters’ novels have a natural […]

Archives of Lost Voices: Patient Publications in Hospitals

[This story was published on December 12 on The Still Point blog. Read the original story at thestillpointjournal.com/2016/12/12/archives-of-lost-voices.] It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where this PhD project began, but it certainly grew out my involvement with the Graylingwell Heritage Project. This was a Heritage Lottery Funded community, heritage and arts programme which charted the history of Chichester’s […]

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

[Image: Nameless and Friendless, 1857, Emily Mary Osborn] Hello, friends, Romans, and lovers of the creative, historical, queer, and macabre! Thank you for taking the time to visit my attempted cabinet of curiosities. For anyone who may have stumbled across this blog and might be wondering who I am, my name is Emily, I’m a writer […]

The Lost Histories of Patient Publications

Contact me here Calling all historians, Victorianists, creative types, ex or current service users,  mental health staff, occupational therapists and any interested in history and/or mental health! Do you have a story about patient creativity you’d like to share? I’m currently working on a project investigating the history of mental health with a specific focus […]