Filling the “vacant space”: Constructing learning disability in Wilkie Collins’ No Name and The Law and the Lady

NB: The following blog post is based on a paper I put together for the Victorian Popular Fiction Association 6th Annual Conference 2014. I appeared as part of the Wilkie Collins panel chaired by Mariaconcetta Costantini. The conference theme was ‘Victorian Treasures and Trash’.    In a recent episode of ITV detective drama Endeavour (the 1960s-set prequel to…