Irene Tucker

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Professor, English
School of Humanities
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1995, English
Phone: (949) 824-4857
Fax: (949) 824-2916
University of California, Irvine
348 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Victorian studies; history of medicine; Hebrew literature; modern Jewish political thought
Academic Distinctions
Herbert D.Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, Maurice Amado Fellow, Expanding Jewish Political Thought. Fall 2016
Research Abstract
Irene Tucker is a professor of English at University of California, Irvine. She is the author of A Probable State: The Novel, the Contract and the Jews (Chicago, 2000); The Moment of Racial Sight: A History (Chicago, 2012); and A Brief Genealogy of Jewish Republicanism (small r) (Punctum Press, 2016). She is currently at work on a collection of essays exploring ambivalences about state sovereignty in modern Jewish and Israeli political, cultural, and literary writing.
A Brief Genealogy of Jewish Republicanism: Parting Ways with Judith Butler (Punctum Press, 2016)
The Moment of Racial Sight: A History (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012)
A Probable State: The Novel, the Contract and the Jews, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000). Named Outstanding Book in Nineteenth-Century Studies in 2000 (one of five) by Studies in English Literature
“Before Racial Construction,” Theory Aside. Jason Potts and Daniel Stout, eds. (Duke University Press, 2014).
“Tilling Two Cultures,” (Part of Forum on Daniel Hack’s Reaping Something New) Victorian Studies 60.1 (Winter 2018)
“John Stuart Mill,” Blackstone Encyclopedia of Victorian Britain (Fall 2015)
“Paranoid Imagining: Wilkie Collins, the Rugeley Poisoner, and the Invisibility of Novelistic Ekphrasis.” Partial Answers. Special Issue: The Ethics of Temporality 8(1) January 2010
“Picturing Utilitarianism: John Stuart Mill and the Invention of a Photographic Public.” Criticism 50(3) (Summer 2008) 411-446.
“Macaulay’s Paranoid Public: Queer Theory, Victorian Medicine and The History of England,” Nineteenth Century Prose 33(2) (Fall 2006)(Special Macaulay Issue) 82-123.
“Benjamin Disraeli,” Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, (Oxford University Press, 2006).
"International Whiggery," Forum on Victorian Transnationalism, Victorian Studies (Summer 2003).
"What Maisie Promised: Realism, Liberalism and the Ends of Contract," Yale Journal of Criticism, Vol. 11. No.2 (Fall 1998)
"Writing Home: Evelina, the Epistolary Novel and the Paradox of Property," ELH 60.2 (Summer 1993), 419-39.
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