Sharon Weltman

Sharon Aronofsky Weltman

William E. "Bud" Davis Alumni Professor
Ph.D., Rutgers

211 Allen Hall


Sharon Aronofsky Weltman is the Director of Comparative Literature at LSU, the William E. “Bud” Davis Alumni Professor of English, and co-editor of Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Film. She has written three books: Victorians on Broadway: Literature, Adaptation, and the Modern American Musical, (University of Virginia Press, 2020); Performing the Victorian: John Ruskin and Identity in Theater, Science, and Education (Ohio State University Press, 2007), and Ruskin’s Mythic Queen: Gender Subversion in Victorian Culture (Outstanding Academic Book, Choice magazine, Ohio State University Press, 1999). One of the world’s top experts on Sweeney Todd, she created the scholarly edition of the never-before-published 1847 melodrama as a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Film (2012). Her article “Melodrama, Purimspiel, and Jewish Emancipation” on the first Anglo-Jewish woman playwright won the 2020 Nineteenth Century Studies Association Best Article Prize, and her essay “Performing Goblin Market” was named Kurt Weill Foundation Award Finalist for Best Essay on Musical Theater in 1999. In 2014, she directed a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers “Performing Dickens: Oliver Twist and Great Expectations on Page, Stage, and Screen.” She has won multiple teaching and research awards as well as grants and fellowships, including the Margaret Belcher Visiting Fellowship in Victorian Studies at St. Hughs College, Oxford University. Her eclectic interests range from Victorian literature, theatre, performance, aesthetics, print and visual culture through myth, sexuality, ecocriticism, race, gender, and disability to adaptation, film, melodrama, dance, and Broadway musicals. In addition to Comparative Literature and English, she is an affiliate member of the Screen Arts; Jewish Studies; and Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies faculties. 

Area(s) of Interest

Victorian Literature and Culture, Nineteenth-Century Theater, Romantic Literature, Pre-Raphaelite Literature and Visual Art, Victorian Periodicals and Print Culture, Non-Fiction Prose, Poetry, Drama, Melodrama, Broadway Musicals, Adaptation Studies, Appropriations of Victorian Literature and Culture to other Media, Neo-Victorian Studies, Theater History, Dance History, Literary Theory, Theater and Performance Theory, Gender and Sexuality, Myth, Dickens, Ruskin

Curriculum Vitae