About the Director

Dr. Sharon Aronofsky Weltman

Sharon Aronofsky Weltman

Sharon Aronofsky Weltman is the Director of Comparative Literature at LSU, the William E. “Bud” Davis Alumni Professor of English, and co-editor of Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Film. Her books include Victorians on Broadway: Literature, Adaptation, and the Modern American Musical, which examines Broadway musicals from the second half of the twentieth century in conjunction with their Victorian sources ("University of Virginia Press, " forthcoming 2020); Performing the Victorian: John Ruskin and Identity in Theater, Science, and Education ( "Ohio State University Press, " 2007), and Ruskin’s Mythic Queen: Gender Subversion in Victorian Culture (Outstanding Academic Book, Choice magazine, "Ohio State University Press," 1999). In 2012, her scholarly edition of the never-before-published 1847 melodrama Sweeney Todd appeared as a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Film before she joined the journal as the North American editor, and she guest-edited a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Prose in 2008. She is widely published in such journals as Nineteenth-Century Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Studies, Journal of Victorian Culture, Nineteenth Century Contexts, and Dickens Studies Annual and by presses such as Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Palgrave, Blackwell, and Routledge. In 1999, her essay “Performing Goblin Market” was named Kurt Weill Foundation Award Finalist for Best Essay on Musical Theater. In 2014, she directed a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers “Performing Dickens: Oliver Twist and Great Expectations on Page, Stage, and Screen.” Her interests include literature, theatre, performance, print and visual culture, adaptation, myth, sexuality, aesthetics, film, and Broadway musicals. In addition to Comparative Literature and English, she is a member of the Screen Arts; Jewish Studies; and Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies faculties.

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Vision Statement

The LSU Program in Comparative Literature provides a vibrant, collaborative space for students and faculty to explore transnational and interdisciplinary research in literary, cultural, and artistic traditions. Through scholarship, teaching, and community engagement, the program establishes and maintains relationships with a number of local, national, and international entities. Mutual exchange is a core value that fosters the program’s dynamic scholarly atmosphere.  The interdepartmental nature of the program creates an opportunity for dialogue and research that enhances LSU’s linguistic, cultural, and disciplinary diversity.  In addition to an excellent grounding in multiple areas of literary study, the program envisions expanding the geographical and cultural scope of student and faculty projects.