Deborah Nord

Deborah Nord
Deborah Nord

Deborah Nord graduated from Barnard College, spent two years in an M.A. program at the Victorian Studies Center of the University of Leicester, and earned a PhD from Columbia University.  She joined the Princeton faculty in 1989, after teaching at the University of Connecticut and Harvard University. Her fields of interest include Victorian literature and culture; gender studies; women's writing; literature of the city; autobiography; non-fiction prose; social criticism; ethnicity and race in 19th-century writing; and American Jewish writers.  She is the author of The Apprenticeship of Beatrice Webb (1985), Walking the Victorian Streets: Women, Representation, and the City (1995), and Gypsies and the British Imagination, 1807-1930 (2006) and the editor of John Ruskin's Sesame and Lilies (2002).  Recently published work includes essays on the transformation of Dickens criticism in the middle of the 20th century, urban representation in the Victorian period ("Cityscapes" in the new Cambridge History of Victorian Literature), and illusion and carnivalesque at Vauxhall Gardens. Currently she is at work on a book about anti-domestic strains in women's writing, and she is beginning a project on visual narrative in Victorian painting.  Prof. Nord also teaches in the Program in the Study of Women and Gender, where she served as director for nine years.