Jill Rappoport

  • Associate Professor
  • English
  • Jewish Studies
1255 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Ph.D., University of Virginia; B.A. Wesleyan University


Areas of Specialty:

  • nineteenth-century British literature and culture
  • gift theory; literature and economics
  • gender and sexuality
  • Victorian poetry, science fiction, literary annuals



Selected Publications: 

Altruism and self-assertiveness went hand in hand for Victorian women.  During a period when most lacked property rights and professional opportunities, gift transactions allowed them to enter into economic negotiations of power as volatile and potentially profitable as those within the market systems that so frequently excluded or exploited them. They made presents of holiday books and homemade jams, transformed inheritances into intimate and aggressive bequests, and, in both prose and practice, offered up their own bodies in sacrifice. Far more than selfless acts of charity or sure signs of their suitability for marriage, such gifts radically reconstructed women’s personal relationships and public activism in the nineteenth century.

  • Economic Women: Essays on Desire and Dispossession in Nineteenth-Century British Culture, co-edited with Dr. Lana Dalley (The Ohio State U.P., 2013) http://www.amazon.com/Economic-Women-Dispossession-Nineteenth-Century-British/dp/0814212360/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1382973985
  • “Jane’s Inheritance.” Victorians Institute Journal Digital Annex  38 (2010).
  • “The Price of Redemption in ‘Goblin Market.’” Studies in English Literature. 50.4 (Autumn 2010): 853-75.
  • “Conservation of Sympathy in Cranford.Victorian Literature and Culture. 36.1 (March 2008): 95-110.
  • “Buyer Beware: The Gift Poetics of Letitia Elizabeth Landon.” Nineteenth-Century Literature. 58: 4  (March 2004): 441-73.
  • My current work includes a book manuscript on disturbing transactions in Victorian culture.






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