Jayne Elizabeth Lewis

Professor, English
School of Humanities

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1988, English literature

Phone: (949) 824-6875
Fax: (949) 824-2916
Email: jelewis@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
376 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697

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Research
Interests
literature and medicine, restoration and 18th-century british literature; literature of the supernatural and gothic fiction; history and/of fiction; atmosphere as literary concept and construct within natural philosophy
   
Academic
Distinctions
ACLS Fellowship
UC President's Fellowship
NEH Summer Stipend
NEH Fellowship
UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award
   
Appointments UCLA (1988-2004)
UC Irvine (2004-present)
   
Research
Abstract
My most recent published book (2012) looks at how, when and where "atmosphere" emerged as a dimension of literary experience--an emergence which links the history of early fiction with those of natural philosophy and the supernatural. I am currently completing "Enlightened Christianities," an anthology of Christian writing in English, 1660-1750, which explores everything from physico-theology to freethinking, from Anglican poetics to the dynamics of dissent, from popular depictions female spirituality and spiritual self-help to the rise of Methodism. My present research and much of my ongoing teaching, however, focuses on middle modern generic forms in relation to changing narratives of illness and healing. I've written of late on the memoir of a late 17th-century alternative healer--the "Irish Stroker" Valentine Greatrakes--as well as on the medicalization of the aura in the 18th century, and the dissenting hymnodist (and part-time invalid) Isaac Watts's positioning of lyric on the cusp of empirical and spiritual perspectives on healing. My course on the "sick imagination" explores illness narratives from the Book of Job through 21st-century poetry and graphic fiction.
   
Publications _Air's Appearance: Literary Atmosphere in British Fiction, 1660-1794_ (Chicago, 2012)
   
  _The English Fable: Aesop and Literary Culture, 1650-1740_ (Cambridge, 1995)
_Mary Queen of Scots: Romance and Nation_ (Routledge, 2000)
_The Trial of Mary Queen of Scots: A Documentary History_ (Bedford, 2000)
   
   
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Last updated 07/18/2013