New Deputy Director for CRASSH


I’m honoured to be joining the team as incoming Deputy Director and I’m very much looking forward to being involved again with the CRASSH community in the years ahead.


CRASSH is delighted to announce that Jan-Melissa Schramm from Cambridge’s Faculty of English will be taking up the role of Deputy Director in October 2017.

Director Simon Goldhill stated that, although the Centre will be saying a sad farewell to Deputy Director Tim Lewens, whose term of office has finished, we will be comforted by the arrival of Jan-Melissa Schramm, who will take up the role and see us through the next three years. In the following post, Dr Schramm, a longtime friend of CRASSH, gives an overview of her research interests.

My research interests are fundamentally interdisciplinary. I undertook the popular combined double-honours-degree Arts/ Law in Australia before being admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia. I worked briefly as a lawyer in private practice, where I dealt primarily with criminal cases. I then came to Cambridge in 1993 on a scholarship and did my PhD on changing ideas of evidence and testimony in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (supervised by Professor Dame Gillian Beer, in the Faculty of English). I have been in Cambridge since I finished my PhD, holding firstly a Junior Research Fellowship and then a College Lectureship before gaining a University Lectureship in Nineteenth-Century Literature in the Faculty of English: I have been a Fellow at Trinity Hall since 2000. I have written three books to date: Testimony and Advocacy in Victorian Law, Literature, and Theology (CUP, 2000), Atonement and Self-Sacrifice in Nineteenth-Century Narrative (CUP, 2012), and Censorship, Dramatic Form, and the Representation of the Sacred in Nineteenth-Century England (forthcoming). I have also co-edited two volumes of essays: Fictions of Knowledge: Fact, Evidence, Doubt (Macmillan, 2011), and Sacrifice and the Modern Literature of War (OUP, forthcoming). I am also Co-General Editor (with Professor Christopher Ricks) of the 11-volume edition of the Selected Works of the Victorian jurist James Fitzjames Stephen for OUP. My current monograph is a study of what happened to the language of ‘rights’ in Britain in the post-French-revolutionary period, with the working title of ‘Nineteenth-Century Experiments in the Rule of Law.’ I have given a number of papers at CRASSH over the past decade, and I held the Crausaz-Wordsworth Fellowship in 2011-2012: I’m honoured to be joining the team as incoming Deputy Director and I’m very much looking forward to being involved again with the CRASSH community in the years ahead. 

Posted: Thursday 27 April 2017

Contributor: Jan-Melissa Schramm


New Deputy Director for CRASSH

Dr Jan-Melissa Schramm