Dr Jo Carruthers

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

My main areas of interest are in literature and the Bible and literature and place. My work in both fields focuses on aesthetics in terms of both visual and sensuous experience of the world (aisthesis) and in political philosophy. My most recent monograph, The Politics of Purim reads Esther and its festival, Purim, via political and aesthetic theory. I have also recently co-edited a book on attitudes to human-world relations in the long nineteenth century: Anticipatory Materialisms in Literature and Philosophy, 1790-1930. My next projects continue this interest in aisthesis in literature (Rough Justice: The Politics of Working-Class Aesthetics in the Victorian Novel) and literary reception of the Bible.

The Politics of Purim: Law, Sovereignty and Hospitality in the Aesthetic Afterlives of Esther
Carruthers, J. 6/02/2020 London : Bloomsbury Academic. 240 p. ISBN: 9780567691866. Electronic ISBN: 9780567691873.
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Anticipatory Materialisms in Literature and Philosophy, 1790-1930
Carruthers, J., Dakkak, N., Spence, R. 18/01/2020 Cham : Palgrave Macmillan. 244 p. ISBN: 9783030298166. Electronic ISBN: 9783030298173.
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Melodrama and the ‘art of government’: Jewish emancipation and Elizabeth Polack’s Esther, the Royal Jewess; or The Death of Haman!
Carruthers, J.A. 23/07/2018 In: Literature and History.
Journal article

Esther Summerson's Biblical Judgment: Queen Esther and the Fallen Woman in Bleak House
Carruthers, J.A. 18/04/2018 In: Religion and Literature. 5, 1
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Aesthetics
Carruthers, J. 3/05/2016 In: The Routledge companion to literature and religion. London : Routledge ISBN: 9780415834056. Electronic ISBN: 9780203498910.
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Making the facets of the image sparkle through the Bible and literature
Carruthers, J. 1/03/2015
Review article

Acts of hearing in the book of Esther
Carruthers, J. 18/12/2014 In: Reading the Abrahmic faiths. London : Bloomsbury Academic p. 87-99. 13 p. ISBN: 9781472509932.
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Literature and the Bible: a reader
Carruthers, J., Knight, M., Tate, A. 2014 London : Routledge. 370 p. ISBN: 9780415698528.
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England's Secular Scripture: Islamophobia and the Protestant Aesthetic
Carruthers, J. 08/2011 London : Continuum. 146 p. ISBN: 9780826433213.
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Esther and Hitler: A Second Triumphant Purim
Carruthers, J. 1/05/2011 In: The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible. Oxford : Oxford Handbooks Online Electronic ISBN: 978-0-19-920454-0.
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Biblical epic and the American state: the traitor and sanctified violence in Esther and the King (1960)
Carruthers, J. 2010 In: Holy terror. London : Equinox p. 42-52. 11 p. ISBN: 9781845533595.
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Introduction: writing post-secularity
Tate, A., Bradley, A., Carruthers, J. 2010 In: Spiritual identities. Oxford : Peter Lang p. 1-8. 8 p. ISBN: 9783039119257.
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Spiritual identities: literature and the post-secular imagination
Tate, A., Carruthers, J. 2010 Oxford : Peter Lang. ISBN: 9783039119257.
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Israel Zangwill, Jewish Identity and Visceral Religion
Carruthers, J. 31/07/2009 In: Religion, Literature and the Imagination. London : Continuum p. 75-86. 12 p. ISBN: 9781847064172.
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Laying hold of divine riches: self-authorization in Christina Rossetti's The face of the deep
Carruthers, J. 2009 In: The way the world ends. Sheffield : Sheffield Phoenix p. 43-59. 17 p. ISBN: 9781906055431.
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Stillness and belonging: Mynydd Epynt
Carruthers, J. 2009 In: Debateable lands . Bristol : Wild Conservations Press p. 27-33. 7 p. ISBN: 9780956026606.
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Writing, interpretation and the Book of Esther: a detour via Browning and Derrida
Carruthers, J. 2009 In: Yearbook of English Studies. 39, 1-2, p. 58-71. 14 p.
Journal article

Esther Through the Centuries
Carruthers, J. 12/2007 Oxford : Blackwell Publishing. 304 p. ISBN: 9781405132138.
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The liminal becoming of the Rebel Vashti
Carruthers, J. 2007 In: Mapping liminality. Bern : Peter Lang p. 91-109. 19 p. ISBN: 9783039114559.
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Literature
Carruthers, J. 2006 In: The Blackwell companion to the Bible and culture. Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishing p. 253-267. 15 p. ISBN: 9781405101363.
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Nationalism
Carruthers, J. 2006 In: The Blackwell companion to the Bible and culture. Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishing p. 480-496. 17 p. ISBN: 9781405101363.
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Theological legacies: Jews, heritage, race
Carruthers, J. 2006 In: Figures of heresy. Brighton : Sussex Academic Press p. 55-71. 17 p. ISBN: 9781845190262.
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"Neither Maide, Wife or Widow": Ester Sowernam and the Book of Esther
Carruthers, J. 2003 In: Prose Studies : History, Theory, Criticism. 26, 3, p. 321-343. 23 p.
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