Jennifer Green-Lewis

Jennifer Green-Lewis

Associate Professor of English
On Leave 2015-2016
Address: Phillips Hall
Phone: 202-994-1457
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

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

Professor Green-Lewis specializes in the visual and literary culture of nineteenth-and early-twentieth century Britain, with an emphasis on the novel. She is interested in how optical technologies, such as the camera, the microscope, and the stereoscope, shaped the development of realism, and in the degree to which literary questions may be illuminated and recast through consideration of the visual arts, especially photography. Her current book-in-progress (working title: Already the Past: Victorian Photography and the Invention of Modern Memory) begins with the simple premise that photography has changed the way that people remember things. Other projects currently in the works reflect her interest in details and daguerreotypes; in the concept of movement in Modernism; and in the subject of happiness in Woolf’s post-war writing.

Professor Green-Lewis is also on the faculty of the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College where she has taught summer courses since 1997.


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

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



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.

Selected Essays

“Realism and Photography.”  Victorian Criticism and Debates. Eds. Lee Behlman and Anne Longmuir. Routledge. Forthcoming, 2014.

“Photography in the Victorian World.” A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography (Getty museum exhibition catalogue). Ed. Anne Lyden. Los Angeles, CA: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2014. 1-20.

“Eye to Eye with the Trilobite: Time’s Texture and the Matter of Early Photography.” English Language Notes. 51.1 Spring/Summer 2013.

“Victorian Photography and the Novel.” Oxford Handbook of Victorian Literature. Ed. Lisa Rodensky. Oxford UP. 2013. 313-334.

“Teaching Victorian Literature in the Context of Photography.” Victorian Review. 34: 2. 2008. 33-42.

“Teaching Beauty.” Inside Higher Education, April 21, 2008. With Margaret Soltan.

“’Already the Past’: Some Observations on the Backward Glance of Victorian Photography.”  English Language Notes. 2006. 44.2. Fall/Winter. 25-43.

“Not Fading Away: Photography in the Age of Oblivion.”  Nineteenth-century Contexts. 2001. Vol. 22. 559-585.

“At Home in the Nineteenth Century: Photography, Nostalgia, and the Will to Authenticity.”  Victorian Afterlife: Contemporary Culture Rewrites the Nineteenth Century.   Eds. John Kucich and Dianne Sadoff.  Minneapolis/London: U of Minnesota P, 2000. 29-48.

---.  Reprinted by permission in Nineteenth-century Contexts, 2000. Vol. 22. 51-75.

“Picturing England: On Photography, Landscape, and the End(s) of Imperial Culture.” Genre, Summer 1996. 29: 1 & 2. 33-63.

"'The right thing in the right place': P. H. Emerson and the Picturesque Photograph."  Victorian Literature and the Victorian Visual Imagination. Eds. Carol Christ and John O. Jordan. Berkeley, CA.: U of California P, 1995. 88-110.

"Signs of the Things Taken: Testimony, Subjectivity, and the Nineteenth-century Mug Shot." Victorian Literature and Culture. 23.1993. 19-50.

"Subject, Object, Camera: Photographing Women in The Unbearable Lightness of Being."  Sexuality, the Female Gaze, and the Arts.   Ed. Ronald Dotterer.  Selinsgrove, Pa.: U of Susquehanna P, 1992. 53-63.

"Outside the Frame: The Photographer in Victorian Fiction."  Victorians Institute Journal. 19. 1991. 111-140.

"Stories at an Exhibition: Narrative and Nineteenth-Century Photographic Documentary." Journal of Narrative Technique. 20:2. 1990. 147-166.

"Camera Language: Picturing Pinter's The Homecoming." Text and Presentation. 10. Lanham, Md.: UP of America, 1990. 43-51.