Richa Dwor

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Research Interests

  • Victorian studies
  • Affect theory
  • Victorian literature
  • Jewish studies
  • Transatlantic Jewish networks facilitated by private correspondence, trade and the periodical press
  • Digital Humanities

Academic Introduction

BA Hons (British Columbia)
MA and PhD in English Literature (University of Nottingham)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)

I am a Victorianist with a specialization in Anglo-Jewish literature and culture. In my work on Jewish women's writing, I have argued that the authors Grace Aguilar (1816-1847) and Amy Levy (1861-1889) drew on Jewish approaches to reading with feeling in their own novels, poetry, and criticism. Aspects of this research have appeared in the journals Literature and Theology, Partial Answers, English Literature in Transition, and Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies, as well as two entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (on Charlotte Montefiore and Judith Montefiore). I have written a book, Jewish Feeling: Difference and Affect in Nineteenth-Century Jewish Women's Writing (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), which reads Aguilar and Levy alongside the canonical Victorian authors George Eliot and Henry James. My current research focuses on transatlantic Jewish networks facilitated by private correspondence, trade, and the periodical press.

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