Dr Richa Dwor
BA (Hons) (British Columbia), MA & PhD (Nottingham)
Lecturer in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Literature
T: +44 (0)116 252 2533
Dr Dwor’s main research interests are religion in the nineteenth century, especially Jewish theology and its relation to English literature; Anglo-Jewish writing, especially by women; nineteenth-century notions of race and race science; George Eliot’s writings on religion; Henry James; and form and epistemology. Her doctoral research compared texts by Grace Aguilar (1816-1847) and Amy Levy (1861-1889) and argued that their work encapsulates a particularly Jewish mode of feeling. She has published articles on Aguilar and Levy in English Literature in Transition and Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies and has given public lectures in Vancouver and Nottingham, including a forthcoming series of seminars at the Nottingham Progressive Jewish Congregation.
Dr Dwor’s current research seeks to elucidate Jewish cultural difference in England during the long nineteenth century via close attention to Jewish structures of thought in literary writing by Jewish authors. She is at work on a monograph called Jewish Feeling: Difference and Affect in Nineteenth-Century Jewish Writing.
Undergraduate Teaching and Supervision
- EN1020: A Literary Genre: The Novel (Convenor)
- EN2050: From Satire to Sensibility: Literature 1660-1798
- EN2060: Concepts in Criticism
- EN3010: Compulsory Dissertation (Supervisor)
- EN3020: Romantics and Victorians: Literature 1789-1870
- EN3030: Victorian to Modern: Literature 1870-1945
- EN3138: Women in Literature, Culture and Society 1850-1900 (Convenor)
- EN3187: Englishness and Jewishness: Self and Other in the Nineteenth Century (Convenor)
Postgradute Teaching and Supervision
- EN7021: Approaches to Victorian Literature and Culture
- EN7129: Anglo-Jewish Literature and Culture: Self and Other 1817-1892 (Convenor)
- EN7226: Journeys 1700-1830
- Dissertation supervisor for MA Victorian Studies and MA English Studies
- Tutor for Joint Honours students of English and History
- Admissions and UCAS vetting
- Undergraduate Staff-Student Committee member
- Director of External Relations (Spring 2013)
- Convenor of Victorian Studies Centre's Spring Seminar Series
- Co-convenor of History of the Book reading group
‘The Racial Romance of Amy Levy’s Reuben Sachs’, English Literature in Transition, 55.4 (July 2012), 460-478.
‘Jewish Feeling: Reading Redemption in Amy Levy’s Poetry and Prose’, in Victorian Spiritualities, ed. Jane de Gay (Leeds: Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies XII, 2012), 155-164.
‘“Hints on the Instruction of Hebrew Youth”: Inventing the Anglo-Jewish Citizen in Grace Aguilar’s Model of Education,’ in Victorian Childhoods, ed. by Susan Anderson, Rosemary Mitchell, and Karen Sayer (Leeds: Leeds Working Papers in Victorian Studies XI, 2010), 69-78.