Periodical Studies


“‘Always the same unrememberable revelation’: Thoreau’s Telegraph Harp, the Development of an Immanent Romantic Secularism, and Golden Age Children’s Literature.” Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 74, no. 1, June 2019, pp. 30-53.

“‘Take it when tendered’: M.E. Braddon’s Thou Art the Man (1894) and The Weekly Telegraph’s Media Model of Disability.” Victorian Review (forthcoming 2019).

“‘Her who never spoke’: Oral/Aural Disability, the Female Voice, and the Deafened Moment in M.E. Braddon’s ‘Waiting.’” Women’s Writing (forthcoming).


“Printing Synesthesia: Sensory Epistemologies in the Nineteenth-Century Newspaper.” North American Studies Association (NAVSA), St. Petersburg, FL, October 2018.

“‘Take it when tendered’: Medicine, Material Texts, and the Creation of (Dis)Ability in the Nineteenth-Century Newspaper.” The Body and the Page in Victorian Culture: An International Conference, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) and Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (VSAWC), Victoria, B.C., July 2018.

A Mini Blog Series on C19 Periodicals

Text and Corpus Building and Analysis

I have experience with a variety of text analysis and mining tools, ranging from internet applications (Voyant Tools, Wordle) to open source programs such as AntConc. I am currently learning how to use Python for text analysis, and have successfully used it to build a corpus of public domain texts (see the Fergus Hume project, below).

Table of text data.

DH Projects

Portrait of Fergus HumeThe Fergus Hume Bibliography and Corpus is a website and Github repository I built in 2019 in an attempt to gather bibliographic information about Hume's various works in one place and begin compiling a corpus of his public domain works. Fergusson "Fergus" Wright Hume (8 July 1859 – 12 July 1932) was a British novelist, playwright, and song writer who grew up in New Zealand and authored more than 140 novels during his lifetime. His most famous work was The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886), a novel which did a lot to popularize the mystery genre. Despite his initial popularity and prolificity, Hume has been largely forgotten by the public and overlooked by scholars. The website includes a sortable bibliography, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century reviews of Hume's work, and twenty-first century reference works about Hume and his writing. The GitHub repository contains Python scripts to automatically download plain text files of the novels, collections, and short stories of Hume's which have been made freely available online via Project Gutenberg, Hathitrust, and/or the Internet Archive; plain text files of those works; and a .csv bibliography.

Dissertation Data

I compiled three corpora (totaling over 155 Victorian novels and novellas) while writing the final chapter of my dissertation. Because I believe data sets should be shared when possible, I've uploaded them to a GitHub repository here.

Book History


  • “The History of 19th- & 20th-Century Typography & Printing,” a summer course held at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School, 2017
  • “The Printed Book in the West since 1800,” a summer course held at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School, 2016


From 2016-2017, I published a series of blog posts inspired by the first Rare Book School course I took. I've provided links to them below. They're also available on my blog.

Creative Writing

screenshot of Courtney's author website

Courtney holding a recent publication.