BA, Grinnell College
MA, Columbia University
PhD, Fordham University (2017)
Field of Study: 18th-Century British
Texts and Contexts
Religious Enthusiasm and the British Worker, from Henry Fielding to George Eliot
Her dissertation views the novel through the lens of major philosophical debates, such as revelation versus reason and faith versus works. Essentially, Judith treats the rising novel as a spiritual space for self-definition, both from the perspective of a servant, such as Fielding’s Joseph Andrews, or an artisan, such as Eliot’s Adam Bede, during a time when religion, though central, offered an increasingly confusing proliferation of philosophical world views.