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Hilary Schor

Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-3738
Office: THH 402G

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. English, Stanford University, 1986
B.A. British/American Literature, Scripps College, 1980

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Schor studies contemporary fiction, feminist theory, and the widest possible range of Victorian literature, from serial fiction, narrative poetry, art criticism, proto-sociology, and urban history. Nothing Victorian surprises her any more. Her more unexpected research efforts focus on gender studies, film and popular culture, law and literature, and twentieth century fiction; she is currently writing on adaptation, betrayal and people who fall down in films. She is the author of studies of the novelists Elizabeth Gaskell and Charles Dickens, as well as essays on "character trials," Victorian spectacle, voice-over narration in novels and film, and Jane Eyre as a victim of sexual harassment. Her most recent book, "Curious Subjects: Women and the Trials of Realism" (Oxford, 2013) moves from 17th century poetry to 18th century epistolary fiction, 19th century fairy tales and optical devices, and 20th century time-travel films. She is currently at work on a project on Jews, women, and other Victorian legal fictions, which re-imagines the romance of politics and the power of forgiveness. She has served as Chair of Gender Studies, President of the Academic Senate, and in 2006-7 she served as Dean of Undergraduate Programs for the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. She is currently co-director of the Center for Law, History, and Culture, a joint center sponsored by USC Dornsife College and the Gould School of Law.

Research Keywords

Victorian literature and culture, contemporary fiction, feminist theory, film and popular culture, law and literature,narrative theory and the history of the novel.

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

USC Center for Law, History and Culture, Co-Director

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

""Forgiving Fictions: Women, Jews and other Victorian Legal Fictions." ", New directions in law and literature, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Cornell University, Cornell Humanities Center, Invited, 2012-2013   
""Law as literature/Literature as law."", Law As... conference UC Irvine School of Law, Lecture/Seminar, Paper, UC Irvine School of Law, Invited, 2011-2012   
""Unplanning Plots" ", International Narrative Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Invited, 2009-2010   
"Collisions: Plot and the Curious Heroine (Twice)", Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Talk/Oral Presentation, 2009-2010   
"Everything You Ever Wanted to know about finishing your dissertation", Dickens Universe, Lecture/Seminar, Invited, 2009-2010   
""Sliding Doors, Colliding Plots: The Thinking Heroine, Twice-Over." ", MLA, Talk/Oral Presentation, 2008-2009   
""‘Was She Guilty or Not?’: Wicked Narrators in 19th Century Fiction." ", International Narrative Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, 2007-2008   
""Narrating Strangeness in Daniel Deronda"", International Conference for the Study of Narrative Literature, Talk/Oral Presentation, Washington, DC, 2006-2007   

Other Presentations

""The Romance of Tony Blair: The Queen in the Garden, the Minister in the House, and the Jew in the Basement." ", Invited Presentation Radcliffe Institute, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, 2012-2013   
""Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Cinema: Betrayal and Adaptation in Novel and Film." ", Invited talk Mahindra Humanities Center, Modernist Studies Group, Harvard University, 2012-2013   
"Curious Subjects: Women and the Trials of Realism", Book Event, Penn Humanities Forum, Rosenbach Museum and Library, 2012-2013   
""Reading for the Law: Juridical Feminism in Great Expectations" ", UC Berkeley Victorian Group, Townsend Humanities Center UCB, Berkeley, CA, 2010-2011   
""Thackeray, Vanity Fair and the Curious Eye," ", Invited Presentation, Victorian Seminar, King's College, London, 2007-2008   
""Re-Sizing the Novel: Alice, Nell, and the Curious Heroine." ", Invited lecture Oxford University, Oxford University, 2006-2007   
""Re-Sizing the Novel: Alice, Nell, and the Curious Heroine." ", Victorian Seminar: Invited Presentation, Harvard Center for the Humanities, Harvard University, 2006-2007   
"Invited workshop, "George Eliot and the Curious Bride"", 19th Century Seminar, UCLA English Department, UCLA, 2006-2007   



Schor, H. M. (2013). Curious Subjects: Women and the Trials of Realism. Oxford University Press.
Schor, H. M. (1999). Dickens and the Daughter of the House. Cambridge University Press.
Schor, H. M. (1992). Scheherezade in the Marketplace: Elizabeth Gaskell and the Victorian Novel. Oxford University Press.

Book Chapter

Schor, H. M. (2012). "The Make Believe of a Middle: On (Not) Knowing Where You Are in Daniel Deronda" in "Middles". pp. pp. 47-74. Ohio State University Press.
Schor, H. M., Stolzenberg, N. M. (2011). "Teaching Law and Literature: Free Speech, Free Love," in MLA Teaching Approaches to Law and Literature. pp. 225-234. MLA Publications.
Schor, H. M. (2010). "Who’s the Stranger? Jews, Women, and Bastards in Daniel Deronda." Forthcoming in Law and the Stranger. Law and the Stranger pp. 180-210. Stanford University Press.
Schor, H. M. (2008). "Bleak House and Narrative Theory" in "Teaching Approaches to Bleak House". pp. pp. 191-198. MLA Publications.
Schor, H. M. (2006). "Dickens and Plot" in Palgrave Advances in Dickens Studies. pp. 90-111. Palgrave Press.

Journal Article

Schor, H. M. (2006). "Reading Knowledge: Curiosity in The Golden Bowl," in The Henry James Review. The Henry James Review. Vol. 26 (3), pp. 237-246.


Schor, H. M. Sorting, Morphing and Mourning: A. S. Byatt Ghost-writes Victorian Fiction, in Victorian Afterlife: Postmodern Culture Rewrites the Nineteenth Century ed. John Kucich and Dianne F. Sadoff, University of Minnesota Press, 2000 .
Schor, H. M. Show-Trials: Character, Conviction and the Law in Victorian Fiction,Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature, Winter 1999 .

New Courses Developed

"From Year One to Year Zero: The Uses of Time in the Invention of the Modern World", COLT 475, Literature in the light of amazing, rapid, and soul-shaking historical change, from the French Revolution to the Industrial Revolution to the Anarchists, from the Russian Revolution to the fall of the Berlin Wall; from the Cold War to Nuclear War to the killing fields of Cambodia. How do we assimilate change, how do novels (as well as revolutionaries) play with our sense of time and order, and what is the role of "fiction" in making (and unmaking) a new world order?, 2011-2012   
Time Trials: Exhausting Time in the Novel and Narrative Cinema, 1789-2012, CSLC 603, Seminar on 19th and 20th century fiction and film, looking at temporal disruption and adaptation studies, 2011-2012   
Feminism and the Law: Where Are We and How Did We Get Here?, Law 723, Course on the inter-weaving of the culture wars, feminism, law and the family., 2011-2012   
Contract Narratives and Robber Brides, Comparative Literature, Graduate seminar on law, literature and the theory of narrative, 2009-2010   
"Seeing Into Everything: Furnishing the Victorian Imagination", English, Graduate course on curiosity and the organization of knowledge in literature and culture., 2008-2009   

Honors and Awards

Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, 2012-2013   
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipient, Taught NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on "Adaptation and Revision: The Example of Great Expectations" (co-taught with Professor Paul Saint-Amour), 2006-2007   
USC Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund Award, Joint award with Professor Nomi M. Stolzenberg to develop new research project in law & literature of the First Amendment., 2002-2003   
Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient, 2001-2002  
USC Academic Senate Executive Board, President of the Academic Senate, 2001-2002   
USC Innovative Teaching Award, 2000-2001   
Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship, 1994-1995   
USC Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund Award, 1989-1990   
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipient, Grant-in-aid Research fellowship, 1988-1989   
USC Innovative Teaching Award, 1987-1988   

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Director, College Commons Program, 2009-2010   
Director, College Commons Program, 2008-2009   

Service to the Profession

Professional Memberships

Society for the Study of Narrative Literature, 04/01/1995-  

Reviewer for Publication

Journal of Victorian Literature and Culture, Editorial board, 06/01/2005-  
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