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Leon Litvack

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Interests

  • 19th-century British & Irish literature, esp. Dickens
  • Victorian art & architecture
  • Literature and Imperialism
  • Canadian literature
  • Modern fiction
  • Middle East affairs

Particulars

I grew up in Toronto, and have been at Queen's since 1991.

Research Statement

Most of my research has used historicist and post-colonial modes of criticism. I have done significant work in archives, bibliography, the interaction between literature and the visual arts, and in textual criticism. I am currently involved in editing the letters of Charles Dickens, and in producing the authoritative critical edition of Dickens's last completed noel, Our Mutual Friend.

I have successfully supervised PhDs in the following areas:

  • Dickens studies
  • 19th-century Irish literature and culture
  • Modern post-colonial fiction & theory
  • 19th-century women's travel writing

I would welcome new PhD proposals in the above areas, as well as in

  • Film and fiction
  • TV adaptations of 18th-century/Victorian fiction
  • Modern fiction
  • Textual criticism

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS:

1994 John Mason Neale and the Quest for Sobornost, Oxford: Clarendon Press 1996 Literatures of the Nineteenth Century: Romanticism to Victorianism, Dublin: National Distance Education Centre 1999 Charles Dickens's Dombey and Son: An Annotated Bibliography, AMS Studies in the Nineteenth Century, New York: AMS Press. 2000 Ireland in the Nineteenth Century: Regional Identity. Dublin: Four Courts Press - edited volume 2006 Ireland and Europe in the Nineteenth Century. Dublin: Four Courts Press - edited volume ISBN 1851829180 IN PROGRESS Clarendon edition of Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend (Oxford University Press)


ARTICLES & CHAPTERS IN BOOKS:

1985 "A Brief Encounter: Pugin, Newman and the English Saints" (Antiquarian Book Monthly Review 12.10 - October) 1986 "The Defenders of Truth: Thomas Carlyle and John Henry Newman" (Carlyle Society Occasional Paper no. 12) "The Balliol that Might Have Been: Pugin's Crushing Oxford Defeat" (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 45.4 - December) 1987 "All for Love: John Mason Neale and the Perth Deanery Refusal" (Church of England Historical Society Journal 32.1- March; reprinted in Churchman 101.1) "Towards Reconciliation: a report on the Anglican Church by a Russian priest (1865)" (Sobornost 9.2) Online version available at Project Canterbury - http://justus.anglican.org/resources/pc/ 1988 "The Defenders of Truth: Thomas Carlyle and John Henry Newman" (A Collection of Treatises on Language and Literature, vol. V, Tokushima Bunri University - a reprint of Carlyle Society Occasional Paper no. 12, session 1985-1986) 1989 "Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain": Victorian Experiences of Hymns" (A Collection of Treatises on Language and Literature, Vol. 6, Tokushima Bunri University - March) "From Showa to Heisei: Changing Times for Japan's Universities" (KCLA In Touch magazine - December) 1990 "Theodora Phranza; or, Neale's Fears Realised" (Victorian Review, 15.2 - January) "The Greek Hymn Translations and Adaptations of N.F.S. Grundtvig and J.M. Neale" (The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland Bulletin, no. 183 (12.10 - April) "An Auspicious Alliance: Pugin, Bloxam and the Magdalen Commissions" (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 49.2 - June) 1992 Contributions on "Religion", "Architecture" and "The Church of England" to Encyclopedia of Romanticism: Culture in Britain from the 1780s to the 1830s, ed. Laura Dabundo (Garland Press [U.S.A.] and Routledge Chapman & Hall [U.K.]) "Timothy Eaton: Canadian Capitalist, Irish Saint" in Boswell's Children: The Art of the Biographer, ed. R. B. Fleming (Toronto: Dundurn Press) 1993 "The Continuity of Culture: Celticity in the Writings of Alistair MacLeod" (Working papers in Celtic Studies 93.1) "The Road to Rome: Muriel Spark, Newman and the 'Nevertheless Principle'" in Literature and the Bible, ed. David Bevan. Perspectives on Modern Literature vol. 9, Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 29-46 "Callista, Martyrdom and the Early Christian Novel in the Victorian Age" (Nineteenth-Century Contexts 17.2) 1994 Entry on John Mason Neale for the Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology 'We All Have Something to Hide: Muriel Spark, Autobiography, and The Influence Of Newman On The Career Of A Novelist' (Durham University Journal 86.2, pp. 281-9 1996 "Canadian Writing in English and Multiculturalism", in English Postcoloniality: Literatures from Around the World, ed. Radhika Mohrandam and Gita Rajan (Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press) pp. 119-34. "Romanticism 1780-1830", in Introducing Literary Studies, ed. Richard Bradford (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf), pp. 231-64. "The psychology of song; the theology of hymn: songs and hymns of the Irish migration", in Religion and Identity, The Irish World-Wide: History, Heritage, Identity, vol. 5 (Leicester: Leicester University Press), pp. 70-89. "The Weight of Cultural Baggage: Frank Paci and the Italian-Canadian Experience", in Difference and Community: Canadian and European Cultural Perspectives, ed. P. Easingwood, K. Gross, and L. Hunter Cross/Cultures vol. 25 (Amsterdam: Rodopi), pp. 107-118 1997 "The Importance of Elsewhere: Método Paolo Freire and the Canada-Northern Ireland Connection", in Arachne 4.2, pp. 1-34. 1998 "What Books did Dickens Buy and Read? Evidence from the Book Accounts with his Publishers", in The Dickensian 94.2, pp. 85-130 "Dickens and Victorian Education", in Dickens Project Scholarly Pages on Our Mutual Friend http://humwww.ucsc.edu/dickens/OMF/litvack.html "The Imperial Archive: Creating Online Research Resources", in Computers and Texts, no. 16/17 (Winter). Also available online at http://info.ox.ac.uk/ctitext/publish/comtxt/ct16-17/litvack.html 1999 "Dickens, Australia and Magwitch Part I: The Colonial Context", in The Dickensian 95.1, pp. 7-33 Entries on "Prisons and Penal Transportation", "Emigration and Colonisation", "Education", "Charles Knight", "Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge", "Missions and Missionaries", "Ireland & the Irish", and "Poetry and Poets before Dickens" for The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens, ed. Paul Schlicke (Oxford University Press) Entries on Cecil Frances Alexander, Jane Borthwick, William Lisle Bowles, Vincent S.S. Coles, J.B. Dykes, John Ellerton, A.T. Gurney, Henry Francis Lyte, Albert Midlane, J.S.B. Monsell, William Palmer, George Rawson, A.C.H. Seymour, Robert Corbet Singleton, Lawrence Tuttiett, Basil Woodd for the New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press). "Dickens, Australia and Magwitch Part II: The Quest for le cas Magwitch, in The Dickensian 95.2, pp. 101-27. 'Criminality and its Penalties in Victorian Times', for BBC web site to accompany the broadcast of Great Expectations (12-13 April 1999). Available online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/dickens/ge/bckgrnd/criminal.htm 2000 'Exhibiting Ireland, 1851-53: Colonial Mimicry in London, Cork and Dublin', in Ireland in the Nineteenth Century: Regional Identity, ed. Leon Litvack and Glenn Hooper (Dublin: Four Courts Press), pp. 15-56 Entry on Charles Dickens for The Literature of Travel and Exploration: An Encyclopedia (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers) 2003 "Images of the River in Our Mutual Friend", in The Dickens Quarterly 20.1 (March), pp. 34-55. "Dickens, Ireland, and the Irish, Part I", in The Dickensian 99.1 (April):. Reprinted in an extended version in Exploding Canons: Writing Irishness in Nineteenth-Century Culture, ed. N. McCaw (Aldershot: Ashgate) "Dickens, Ireland, and the Irish, Part II", in The Dickensian 99.1 (April): 6-22. Reprinted in an extended version in Exploding Canons: Writing Irishness in Nineteenth-Century Culture, ed. N. McCaw (Aldershot: Ashgate) Entries on the Oxford Movement and hymnody, mid-Victorian Tractarian/Anglo-Catholic/Catholic hymnody, Cecil Frances Alexander, Jane Borthwick, William Lisle Bowles, Edward Caswall, Vincent S.S. Coles, Frederick William Faber, A.T. Gurney, Henry Francis Lyte, Albert Midlane, J.S.B. Monsell, John Mason Neale, John Henry Newman, A.C.H. Seymour, Robert Corbet Singleton, Lawrence Tuttiett, Isaac Williams, and Basil Woodd for the New Dictionary of Hymnology, ed. J.R. Watson (London: Canterbury Press) Entry on Jane Borthwick for Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women (Edinburgh University Press) 2004 "Outposts of Empire: Scientific Discovery and Colonial Displacement in Gaskell's Wives and Daughters", in The Review of English Studies 55 (no. 222), pp. 727-58. "Dickens auf Reisen", in Charles Dickens: Geheimnisvolle Welten, ed. Florian Schweizer (Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag), pp. 86-100. "Professionalising the PhD: A Career-Related Initiative in English Studies", in English Subject Centre Newsletter 7 (November), pp. 28-34. ISSN 1479-7089 2005 "The Dickensian: Editors, Contributors, Readers, 1905-2005", in Dickens Quarterly 22.2 (June), pp. 68-79. "Creating Cultural Memories: Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist", in Dickens Quarterly 22.4 (December), pp. 261-7. 2006 "Postcolonial Pedagogical Thresholds: The Imperial Archive and Postgraduate Web Design", in Teaching, Technology, Textuality: Approaches to New Media, ed. Michael Hanrahan and Deborah Madsen (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 81-9. "Continental Art and the Cockneyfied Corkonian: German and French Influences on Daniel Maclise", in Ireland and Europe in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Leon Litvack and Colin Graham (Dublin: Four Courts), pp. 122-47. 2007 "Dickens's Dream and the Conception of Character", in The Dickensian 103.1 (Spring), pp. 5-36. "The Letters of Charles Dickens: Supplement VIII" in The Dickensian 103.3 (Winter).

"Our Mutual Friend", in Blackwell Companion to Dickens, ed. David Paroissien (Oxford: Blackwell - forthcoming), pp. 423-43.


TELEVISION & RADIO WORK:

1999 Forging the World of Great Expectations - broadcast by the BBC on 17 April 1999 to accompany the dramatisation of Great Expectations. Participation consisted of interview on prisons, criminality, penal transportation, prison reform, and on being a gentleman. Programme was subsequently made into a 2-hour video, and marketed to schools and universities. 2000 Consultant for BBC's David Copperfield (broadcast on 25-26 December 1999); script writer for "David Copperfield: Dickens's Favourite Child" (educational programme produced by BBC) 2003 Consultant and interviewee for Fiona Shaw's BBC Radio 4 series Lend Me Your Ears, on the sound-world of Dickens; areas covered include the workplace, the home, the streets, places of entertainment, and the river. 2004 Consultant for Shine Productions, for Sky TV programme on "The Real British Suburbia" Consultant for IWC Media, for Sky TV programme on "The Victorians and Sport" 2005 Interviewee for BBC review of Andrew Davies's TV adaptation of Bleak House 2007 Consultant on ITV's "Written Britain" series, presented by Melvin Bragg I am also a frequent contributor to BBC Radio on Jewish affairs and Middle East politics and culture

Teaching

  • Stage 1: Introduction to English
  • Stage 2: Victorianism to Modernism
  • Stage 3: Televising the Victorians
    • Dickens
    • Empire and the Victorian Imagination
  • MA: Victorian Visual Culture

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