English Department
Judith Lewin, professor of English

Judith Lewin

Job Title
Associate Professor of English
Chair of the English Department
Karp Hall 113

Research interests

Eighteenth- to twentieth-century continental literature, especially the Victorian novel; women’s and gender studies; Jewish Women’s Fiction; genre studies, such as gothic, detective fiction, governess novels, and the Jewish graphic novel.


Prof. Lewin’s publications are concerned with the issue of gender and representation, especially of the Jewish woman in nineteenth-century literature. The work-in-progress titles of her two main book projects are Literary Jewesses and Nineteenth-Century Jewish Women: A Dynamics of Identification and Jewish Women’s Fiction: From Glikl to Goodman. She completed a scholar-in-residency at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute in the Spring of 2008 focusing on the latter project.

“Teaching Jewish American Women’s Writing,” a chapter in Teaching Jewish American Literature. Modern Language Association, 2020, 198-207.

“Still Here/The Imperial Wife.” A Review Essay in the journal East European Jewish Affairs. Volume 46, 2016 – Issue 3: Special Issue: The New Wave of Russian Jewish American Culture.

“Literature: Women Writers (Europe and North America).” The Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish Culture. ed. Judith Baskin. Cambridge UP, 2011, 398-99.

“The Sublimity of the Jewish Type: Balzac’s belle Juive as Virgin Magdalene aux camelias,” Jewish Cultural Studies: Expression, Identity, and Representation, ed. Simon J. Bronner, Oxford, UK: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2008, 239-71.
“Transgressive Mobility, Gender and Jewish Patronage: The Case of Ludwig Robert’s Die Tochter Jephthas,” Jewish Culture and History 10.1 (2008): 59-86.

“Diving into the Wreck: Binding Oneself to Judaism in Contemporary Jewish Women’s Fiction,” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 26. 3 (2008): 48-67.

“Semen, Semolina and Salt Water: The Erotic Jewess in Sandra Goldbacher’s The Governess,” Jews & Sex. ed. Nathan Abrams. (Nottingham, UK: Five Leaves Press, 2008): 88-100.

Lewin has published three articles about various aspects of the Jewish character Rebecca in Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe that appear in ANQ 19.1 (2006): 27-33; Jewish Culture and History 8.1 (2006): 29-48 and Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies & Gender Issues 10 (2005): 178-212.

Resource Links:

Williams College Writing Guides
Schaffer Library

Additional media

Academic credentials

B.A., Brown University; M.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., Princeton University