Ravit Reichman Associate Professor of English

Ravit Reichman is the author of The Affective Life of Law: Legal Modernism & the Literary Imagination (Stanford University Press, 2009), which examines responses to trauma and war in fictional and legal texts. She is currently working on a book about the modern relation to property in literature and law. Her articles on Holocaust testimony, law & culture, colonial law, and capital punishment, as well as on writers like Albert Camus, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce, have been published in such journals as South Atlantic Quarterly, Law, Culture, & the Humanities, ARIEL, American Imago, NOVEL, and Studies in Law, Politics, and Society.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

"The Ethics of an Alternative: Counterfactuals and the Tone of Dissent." Dissenting Voices, ed. Austin Sarat (Cambridge University Press, 2012, forthcoming).

"Dead Animals." To Kill a Mockingbird at 50, eds. Austin Sarat and Martha Merrill Umphrey (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012, forthcoming).

"Neutrality in Law & Literature: Reading the Supreme Court with Joseph Conrad." Forthcoming in Teaching Law and Literature, eds. Austin Sarat, Cathrine O. Frank, and Matthew Anderson (New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2011): 366-374.

"No Remorse." Who Deserves to Die: Constructing the Executable Subject, eds. Austin Sarat and Karl Shoemaker (University of Massachusetts Press, 2011): 111-127.

"Bonded and Insured: The Cautious Imagination," Subjects of Responsibility: Framing Personhood in Modern Bureaucracies, eds. Andrew Parker, Austin Sarat, and Martha Umphrey (Fordham University Press, 2011): 145-160.

"Narrative and Rhetoric." Law and Humanities: An Introduction, eds. Austin Sarat, Matthew Anderson, and Cathrine Frank (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010): 377-397.

The Affective Life of Law: Legal Modernism and the Literary Imagination (Stanford University Press, 2009)

"Open Secrets, or The Postscript of Capital Punishment." South Atlantic Quarterly 107:3 (Summer 2008): 547-570. Republished in States of Violence: War, Capital Punishment, and Letting Die, ed. Austin Sarat and Jennifer Culbert (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009): 245-269.

"Mourning, Owning, Owing." American Imago 64:3 (2007) 433-449.

"Committed to Memory: Rebecca West's Nuremberg." Law and Catastrophe, eds. Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey (Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press, 2007): 91-130.

"Guilty Professions: Specters of Sameness in Camus' The Fall." Studies in Law, Politics and Society 36. Special Issue: Toward a Critique of Guilt: Perspectives from Law and the Humanities (2005): 31-50.

"Making a Mess of Things: The Trifles of Legal Pleasure." Law, Culture, and the Humanities 1 (2005): 14-34.

"Undignified Details: The Colonial Subject of Law." ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 35.1-2. Special Issue: Law, Literature, Postcoloniality (January-April 2004): 81-100.

"'New forms for our new sensations': Woolf and the Lesson of Torts." Novel 36 (2003): 398-422.

"'I am quite a stranger to the ways of the place': The Strange Character of Law." Studies in Law, Politics and Society 25 (2002): 3-35.

"The Myth of Old Forms: On the Unknowable and Representation." Theory After the Holocaust, ed. Dan Stone (Atlanta: Rodopi Press, 2001): 27-53.

research overview

Ravit Reichman does research in the 20th-century British novel; law and literature; modernism; literary theory; psychoanalysis; literature and the emotions; narrative and memory; and literary responses to war.

funded research

Faculty Fellow, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University (spring 2006) [regular salary]

Copeland Fellowship, Amherst College (spring 2003)

John F. Enders Travel Grant (summer 2002)

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Graduate Summer Fellowship (2001)

Paul Mellon Centre/Yale Center for British Art Traveling Summer Grant (2001)

Fulbright Scholar to Israel (1996-1997)