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Tufts University
Department of English
6 The Green
Room 310, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2456
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Joseph Litvak

Ph.D., Yale University
M. Phil., Yale University
B.A., Wesleyan University

Research Interests

  • Victorian Literature, Especially the Novel
  • Literary Criticism and Theory
  • Mass Culture of the Cold War
  • Jewish Cultural Studies

Courses Taught

  • Becoming a Critic
  • The Victorian Novel
  • Un-American Activities: Popular Culture and the Left
  • Black Comedy
  • What the Novel Knows
  • Representing the Jew
  • Horror Stories

Publication Highlights


  • Ahmed the Philosopher: Thirty-Four Short Plays for Children and Everyone Else, translation of Alain Badiou's play, Ahmed philosophe (Columbia University Press, 2014)
  • The Un-Americans: Jews, the Blacklist, and Stoolpigeon Culture (Duke University Press, 2009) honorable mention, James Russell Lowell Prize, Modern Language Association (2010)
  • Strange Gourmets: Sophistication, Theory, and the Novel (Duke University Press, 1997); winner of Perkins Prize for year's best book on narrative, Society for the Study of Narrative Literature (1999)
  • Caught in the Act: Theatricality in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel (University of California Press, 1992)

Recent Articles:

  • "A House Is Not a Home," review of David Kurnick, Empty Houses: Theatrical Failure and the Novel, Novel (Summer 2013)
  • "Unctuous: Resentment in David Copperfield," Qui Parle (Spring/Summer 2012)
  • Review of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, The Weather in Proust, Modernism/modernity (November 2012)
  • "Sedgwick's Nerve," Criticism (Spring 2010)
  • "Vulgarity, Stupidity, and Worldliness in Middlemarch," in Victorian Vulgarity, ed. Susan David Bernstein and Elsie B. Michie (Ashgate, 2009)
  • "Glad to Be Unhappy," in After Sex?: New Work since Queer Theory, special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, ed. Janet Halley and Andrew Parker (Summer 2007)
  • "Jew Envy," in special issue of Women's Studies Quarterly, ed. Jane Gallop (Fall/Winter 2006)
  • "The Content of Style," review of D.A. Miller, Jane Austen, or the Secret of Style, Novel (Spring/Summer 2005)
  • "The Aesthetics of Jewishness: Shelley Winters," in Aesthetic Subjects, ed. Pamela Matthews and David McWhirter (University of Minnesota Press, 2003)
  • "Jewish Geography: Trollope and the Question of Style," in Nineteenth-Century Geographies, ed. Helena Michie and Ronald R. Thomas (Rutgers University Press, 2003)