Historian Judith R. Walkowitz, interviewed by Sharon Marcus, talks about how she came to study Victorian prostitution and the evolution of London’s Soho neighborhood, her efforts to connect political engagement and scholarship, how the discipline of history has and hasn’t changed over the past forty years, the alterity of the past, and her current project on the history of feminism and urban space in 1970s and 1980s London.
Judith R. Walkowitz
Sharon Marcus is Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature and dean of humanities at Columbia University. She is the author of Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London (1999) and of the prize-winning Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (2007). She is currently completing a book on theatrical celebrity in the nineteenth century.
Until July 1, 2015, Judith R. Walkowitz was professor of British history and women’s history at Johns Hopkins University. Her research has concentrated on cultural and social contests over sexuality and urban space. She is the author of Prostitution and Victorian Society (1980), City of Dreadful Delight (1992), and Nights Out: Life in Cosmopolitan London (2012). She has been an energetic promoter of the interests of female scholars within the historical profession.
Sharon Marcus; Judith R. Walkowitz. Public Culture 1 September 2015; 27 (3 (77)): 513–532. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-2896207
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