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University of Oregon

Heidi Kaufman

Heidi Kaufman, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oregon, specializes in nineteenth-century British literary and cultural studies. Her teaching and research interests include the power of language, narrative, and image to shape, silence, and/or give a voice to people and the cultural institutions through which they express themselves. Professor Kaufman’s first book, English Origins, Jewish Discourse, and the Nineteenth-Century British Novel (2009), examines the ways in which novelists responded to Jewish and Christian religious and historical affiliations, and the role of Jewish culture in shaping ideas about English identity. Currently, she is at work on a project that analyzes the construction of place and identity among those who lived and worked in the nineteenth-century East End. (Heidi Kaufman’s profile)