Sharon Weltman

Sharon Aronofsky Weltman

William E. "Bud" Davis Alumni Professor
Ph.D., Rutgers

211 Allen Hall


Sharon Aronofsky Weltman (William E. “Bud” Davis Alumni Professor) joined the Department of English at LSU in 1992. A specialist in nineteenth-century British literature and culture with approximately 70 publications in print, forthcoming, or under contract, her current research branches into two areas:

  • Dickens, performance, and ethical embodiment;
  • and nineteenth century women playwrights, especially the first Anglo-Jewish woman melodramatist, Elizabeth Polack.

She has just completed her third book, Victorians on Broadway: Literature, Adaptation, and the Modern American Musical, currently out for review. It examines Broadway musicals such as One Touch of Venus, Oliver!, Sweeney Todd, Goblin Market, and the Victorian works from which they are adapted. Her published books are Performing the Victorian: John Ruskin And Identity in Theater, Science, and Education (2007) and RUSKIN'S MYTHIC QUEEN GENDER SUBVERSION IN VICTORIAN CULTURE, named Outstanding Academic Book by CHOICE magazine in 1999. She has guest-edited issues of both NINETEENTH-CENTURY PROSE in 2008 and in 2012 NINETEENTH CENTURY THEATRE AND FILM, comprising a scholarly edition of the never-before-published original version of the 1847 melodrama SWEENEY TODD. Winner of numerous teaching and research awards, she appears on the special features disk of Tim Burton’s film SWEENEY TODD (DVD 2008). Immediate past-president of INCS (Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies), she serves on the Board of the Dickens Project, NINETEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES, NINETEENTH-CENTURY CONTEXTS, and Oxford University Press Bibliographies Online.

She became the North American Editor of NINETEENTH CENTURY THEATRE AND FILM in 2015. In addition to English, she is on the faculties of Women's and Gender Studies, Screen Arts, Jewish Studies, and Comparative Literature.

Area(s) of Interest

Victorian Literature and Culture, Nineteenth-Century Theater, Romantic Literature, Pre-Raphaelite Literature and Visual Art, Victorian Periodicals and Print Culture, Non-Fiction Prose, Poetry, Drama, Melodrama, Broadway Musicals, Adaptation Studies, Appropriations of Victorian Literature and Culture to other Media, Neo-Victorian Studies, Theater History, Dance History, Literary Theory, Theater and Performance Theory, Gender and Sexuality, Myth, Dickens, Ruskin

Curriculum Vitae