Dr Ruth Gilbert is reader in English Literature. she has lectured at the University of Winchester since 2001. Her Doctorate (University of Southampton) focussed on Early Modern representations of the body, sex and gender. Recent research focusses on the representation of British Jewishness in contemporary literature and culture.
She is co-convenor (with Nathan Abrams, University of Bangor) of British Jewish Contemporary Cultures, a new research network bringing together academics working in the field of British-Jewish contemporary culture.
Ruth was also acting convenor for the Faculty of Arts' CMT (Culture-Media-Text) Research Centre for 2016-17.
Areas of expertise
- British-Jewish Literature
- British-Jewish TV & Film
- Holocaust Literature
- Writing Jewish: Contemporary British-Jewish Literature (1990-the present) (Palgrave, 2013)
- Early Modern Hermaphrodites: Sex and Other Stories (Palgrave, 2002)
- At The Borders of the Human: Beasts, Bodies and Natural Philosophy in the Early Modern Period (Macmillan, 1999). Co-edited with Erica Fudge and Sue Wiseman.
- The Promised Land: Jewish Utopia and Dystopia, special issue of The European Journal of Popular Culture (Intellect Books), ed. by Ruth Gilbert, Nathan Abrams & Peter Lawson. 7.1.2016.
- 'Jewish Ghosts: Haunting and Hospitality in Shalom Auslander's Hope', Holocaust Studies 24.2. 240-258. 2018
- ‘”No Outlines”: From Dystopia to Heterotopia in Howard Jacobson’s J ‘.The Promised Land: Jewish Utopia and Dystopia, special issue of The European Journal of Popular Culture (Intellect Books), edited by Ruth Gilbert, Nathan Abrams & Peter Lawson. 7.1. 9-19. 2016
- ‘My Big Fat Jewish TV Dinner: Representing Jews on Contemporary British Television’, Jewish Film and New Media: an international Journal 2.2 (2014).
- ‘Genes, Shmenes’: Jew-ish Identities in Contemporary British Jewish Writing’, European Judaism, Special Issue, ed. By Sue Vice and Axel Stahler, 'Writing Jews in Contemporary Britain', (2014).
- ‘”Grasping the Unimaginable”: Recent Holocaust Novels for Children’, Children‘s Literature in Education, Vol 41, Number 4, 2010, 355-366.
- Displaced, Dysfunctional & Divided: Contemporary British Jewish Writing.’ Whatever Happened to British-Jewish Studies?, special issue of Jewish Culture and History, ed. by Tony Kushner & Hannah Ewence, Vol 12, 1-2, Summer/Autumn 2010, 267-280. Also published in book form, 2012, Vallentine Mitchell, 275-289.
- ‘Contemporary British-Jewish Writing: From Apology to Attitude’, Literature Compass, vol 5, February 2008.
- ‘The Golem in the Attic: Jewish Memory and Identity in Rachel Lichtenstein and Iain Sinclair’s Rodinsky’s Room’, Jewish Culture and History, Vol 9, no 1, Summer 2007, 51-70.
- ‘The Frummer in the Attic: Rachel Lichtenstein and Iain Sinclair’s Rodinsky’s Room’, International Fiction Review, Vol 33, nos.1 & 2, Summer 2006, 27-37.
- ‘Ever After: Postmemory, Fairy Tales and the Body in Second-Generation Memoirs by Jewish Women’, Holocaust Studies, Vol 12, no 3, Winter 2006, 23-39.
- “Watching the Detectives’: Mark Haddon’s Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Kevin Brooks’ Martyn Pig, Children’s Literature in Education, Vol 36, No.3, 2005, 241-253.
Chapters in books
- Reality Gaps: Negotiating the Boundaries of British Jewish Identities in Contemporary Fiction’, in Boundaries, Identity and Belonging in Modern Judaism ed. by Maria Diemling and Larry Ray (Routledge 2015), pp.107-120
- ‘Jewish, Half-Jewish, Jew-ish: Negotiating Identities in Contemporary British-Jewish Literature’, Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Literature, ed. by David Brauner and Axel Stähler (Edinburgh University Press, 2014) pp.210-220
- ‘The Jewish Gothic’, The Encyclopedia of the Gothic. Hughes, William, David Punter and Andrew Smith (eds) (Blackwell, 2013).
- ‘The Masculine Matrix: Male Births and the Scientific Imagination in Early Modern England’, The Arts of Science: Representations of the Natural World in 17th Century European and American Culture, ed. by Caire Jowitt & Diane Watt (Ashurst Press, 2002), pp. 160-176.
- ‘Strange Notions: Treatments of Early Modern Hermaphrodites’, The Archaeology and Anthropology of Madness, Disability and Social Exclusion (Routledge, 2000)
- ‘Seeing and Knowing; Science, Pornography and Early Modern Hermaphrodite’, At the Borders of the Human: Beasts, Bodies and Natural Philosophy in the Early Modern Period (Macmillan, 1999) ed. by Erica Fudge, Ruth Gilbert & Sue Wiseman, pp. 150-170.