Sarah F. Gracombe


Sarah Gracombe teaches classes that investigate nineteenth-century British literature from a variety of perspectives. Her interests include the novel, the construction of national identity, and Victorian representations of race, religion, gender, and psychology. In particular, her research explores why Victorian novels so often rely on representations of Jewishness to articulate—and challenge—ideas of Englishness.

This research has been supported by grants and fellowships from organizations including the Whiting Foundation, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the University of Pennsylvania's Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (where she was a fellow in 2010-2011). Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in journals such as Nineteenth-Century Literature, Prooftexts, Literature Compass, Philological Quarterly, and the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature. She is currently finishing a manuscript entitled Novel Converts: Cultural Englishness and Victorian Jewishness.

Prof. Gracombe is also the faculty advisor to the English Society, with whom she organizes the annual Undergraduate Literature Conference with Bridgewater State College.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 2005
  • B.A., Brown University

Courses Taught

  • Fictions of Englishness
  • The British Novel and Psychology, 1800-1920
  • Fallen Women and Typewriter Girls: The Genders of British Literature
  • Jane Austen, 1775-2012
  • Americans Abroad