Jennifer Green-Lewis

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Jennifer Green-Lewis

Professor of English


Professor Green-Lewis specializes in nineteenth and early-twentieth century British literature.  She is interested in how technologies such as the camera, the microscope, and the stereoscope shaped the development of realism, and how literary questions may be illuminated and recast through consideration of the visual arts, especially photography.  Her current research is on details and daguerreotypes; the concept of movement in Modernism; and the subject of happiness in Woolf's writing.

Victorian literature in the context of the visual arts; realism and the advent of photography; Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group; the literature and culture of World War One.

Green-Lewis is the author of many articles and essays on literature and photography, and is currently editing a new series on foundational texts in photographic history which will be published by Bloomsbury Press.  


Victorian Photography, Literature, and the Invention of Modern Memory: Already the Past. New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2017.

Teaching Beauty: Delillo, Woolf, and Merrill. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. With Margaret Soltan.

Framing the Victorians: Photography and the Culture of Realism.  Ithaca, New York: Cornell UP, 1996.

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

M.A. (Hons, first class), University of Edinburgh, Scotland