Jayne Elizabeth Lewis 2930547

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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
18 Joyce Court
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92617
Research Interests
literature and religion; literature and medicine, restoration and 18th-century british literature; literature of the supernatural and gothic fiction; history and/of fiction;
Academic Distinctions
SOH Teaching Excellence Award (2016)
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 research interests include the literature and culture of the British Enlightenment, gothic fiction, and medical aesthetics. I also have a strong interest in modern mysticism, which some of my work approaches as an unmediated encounter with metaphor that occurs within linguistic form. My previous books have taken up topics as varied as the animal fable and the figure of Aesop in 18th-century England’s consolidating print culture, representations of Mary Queen of Scots and the problem of the non-historical, and the emergence of “atmosphere” as an aesthetic category in 18th-century literature. Most recently, I edited the anthology RELIGION IN ENLIGHTENMENT ENGLAND(Baylor 2017). My current research project, “'Silence of Sense': Sleep and the Second Person," explores connections between the modernization of sleep—the Enlightenment recalibration of sleep hygiene, sleep morality, and sleep aesthetics as techniques of embodied disembodiment—and the protocols of non-sensory empiricism and dislocated intent that govern formal realism’s emergent aesthetic. Visible in texts as varied as ROBINSON CRUSOE, HARRINGTON, EDGAR HUNTLY, CLARISSA, THE MOONSTONE, and DRACULA, those protocols were rehearsed dialectically in (and with) the courtroom,the clinic, quietist devotional practice, and, inevitably, the bedroom.
Publications
RELIGION IN ENLIGHTENMENT ENGLAND (Baylor, 2016)
 
AIR'S APPEARANCE: LITERARY ATMOSPHERE IN BRITISH FICTION, 1660-1794 (Chicago, 2012)
 
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS: ROMANCE AND NATION Routledge, 2000)
 
THE ENGLISH FABLE: AESOP AND LITERARY CULTURE, 1650-1740 (Cambridge, 1995)
 
(with Lisa Zunshine) APPROACHES TO TEACHING THE WORKS OF JOHN DRYDEN_ (MLA, 2013)
 
(with M.E. Novak) ENCHANTED GROUND: REIMAGINING JOHN DRYDEN (Toronto, 2005)
 
THE TRIAL OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY(Bedford, 2000)
Last updated
02/11/2020