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 […]

The Brothers Dalziel, woodpecking and the lost art of Victorian illustration

[This story was published on June 15 in the i. Read the original story at inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/arts/brothers-dalziel-woodpecking-lost-art-victorian-illustration.] William Blake’s visionary engravings, illustrating his famous works, are renowned, influencing how we imagine canonical poems such as “Tiger Tiger”. But after Blake came another Victorian engraving firm, whose artistry is far less well-known, but has been just as potent […]

The researchers revealing the beauty of Victorian wood engraving

[This story was published on June 1 in the Brighton and Hove Independent. Read the original story at brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/news/the-researchers-revealing-the-beauty-of-victorian-wood-engraving-1-7988381.] [Image: Bethan Stevens and George Mind. Picture credit: mine]   Two researchers from the University of Sussex have been working to bring the beauty of Victorian illustration to a wider audience. Brighton and Hove based duo Bethan […]

Welcome to Dottyville: Shell shock and The Hydra

[This story was published on March 30 on the History Today website. Read the original story at historytoday.com/emily-turner/welcome-dottyville.] [Image: Creative healing: The Hydra, alongside a photograph of Wilfred Owen. Ⓒ Johnny Greig.] The Hydra, a magazine produced by shell shock patients, was pioneering as a mental health care treatment. During the First World War, specialist hospitals were established, intended […]

Review: Poison Panic, by Helen Barrell

[This story was published on March 10 in the BAVS Newsletter. Read the original article in the BAVS Newsletter 17.1 at bavs.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Newsletter-March-2017-2.] Poison Panic: Arsenic Deaths in 1840s Essex, by Helen Barrell, (Great Britain: Pen & Sword True Crime, 2016), 197pp., 41 B&W illustrations, £14.99, (paperback) ISBN 147-3- 8520-72 Arsenic has connotations inextricably linked with nineteenth […]