Sharon Weltman

Sharon Aronofsky Weltman

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

211 Allen Hall


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. 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. Her current research focuses on two distinct areas: the first Anglo-Jewish woman playwright, Elizabeth Polack, and her context in the 1830s; and odd bodies in Charles Dickens's work and global adaptations. In addition to Comparative Literature and English, she is a member of the Screen Arts; Jewish Studies; and Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies faculties.

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