Victoria Aarons, Ph.D.

Victoria Aarons holds the O.R. & Eva Mitchell Endowed Chair in Literature at Trinity University, where she teaches courses on American Jewish and Holocaust literatures.

Among other titles, Victoria Aarons is the author of A Measure of Memory: Storytelling and Identity in American Jewish Fiction and What Happened to Abraham?: Reinventing the Covenant in American Jewish Fiction, both of which received a Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book. Her work has appeared in a number of scholarly journals, essay collections, and reference works, including the two-volume compendium Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work.

Dr. Aarons is guest editor for a special issue of Philip Roth Studies titled Philip Roth and Bernard Malamud: Texts of a Relationship. She is on the editorial board of several scholarly journals and was an invited scholar at the Conference in Honor of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel's 80th Birthday, hosted by Boston University's Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, where she spoke on "Bearing the Weight of History: Trauma and Narrative Fragmentation."


Selected Publications

  • The Perils of Desire in Philip Roth’s Early Fiction.” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 16.2 (June 2014). Thematic Issue, “History, Memory, and the Making of Character in Roth's Fiction.” Guest editors, Victoria Aarons and Gustavo Sánchez-Canales.
  • Introduction to History, Memory, and the Making of Character in Roth’s Fiction.” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 16.2 (June 2014). Thematic Issue, “History, Memory, and the Making of Character in Roth's Fiction.” Guest editors, Victoria Aarons and Gustavo Sánchez-Canales.
  • “A Genre of Rupture: The Literary language of the Holocaust.” The Bloomsbury Companion to Holocaust Literature. Ed. Jenni Adams. London: Bloomsbury, 2014.
  • “The Making of Jewish-American Identities in Post-War American Fiction. Forthcoming in Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Fiction. Eds. David Brauner and Axel Staehler. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, 2015.
  • “Memory, Conscience, and the Moral Weight of Holocaust Representation.” Ethics, Art, and Representations of the Holocaust: Essays in Honor of Berel Lang. Eds. Jacob Golomb, Caroline S. Gould, and Simone Gigliotti. Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. 183-198.
  • “Guardians of the Torah: Ambiguity and Antagonism in The Promise.” Chaim Potok: Confronting Modernity through the Lens of Tradition. Ed. Daniel Walden. Penn State University Press, 2013. 30-46.
  • “The Trauma of History in The Gates of the Forest.” In Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives. Eds. Steven T. Katz and Alan Rosen. Indiana University Press, 2013. 146-159.
  • “Just as he’d feared from the start”: The Treachery of Desire in Philip Roth’s Nemesis.” Philip Roth. Ed. Aimee Pozorski. Critical Insights/Salem Press, 2013. 220-235.
  • “Foreword: Saul Bellow’s Urban Landscapes.” Saul Bellow Journal, Special Issue. Guest editor, Victoria Aarons, 26, nos. 1–2 (Winter/Fall 2013): v-vii.
  • “Expelled Once Again: The Fantasy of Living the Counterlife in Roth’s Nemesis.” Philip Roth Studies, Special Issue. Guest editor, Pia Masiero, 9.1 (Spring 2013): 51-63.
  • “‘Washed up on the shores of truth’:  Saul Bellow’s Post-Holocaust America.” A Political Companion to Saul Bellow. Eds. Gloria Cronin and Lee Trepanier. University of Kentucky Press, 2013. 129-151.
  • “Foreword: Roth’s Psychoanalytic Selves.” Philip Roth – The Continuing Presence: New Essays on Psychological Themes. Ed. Jane Statlander-Slote. Northeast Publishers, 2013. vii-xi.
  • “A Roundtable Memorializing Saul Bellow and the Herzog Years: Response.” Saul Bellow Journal, 25, no. 2 (2012): 76-78.
  • “Saul Bellow.” The Cambridge Companion to American Novelists. Ed. Timothy Parrish. Cambridge University Press, 2012. 230-240.
  • “The Certainties of History and the Uncertainties of Representation in Post-Holocaust Writing.” Studies in American Jewish Literature, 31.2 (Fall 2012): 134-148.
  • “Where Is Philip Roth Now?” Studies in American Jewish Literature, 31.1 (Spring 2012): 6-10.
  • “Jewish American Fiction.” The Cambridge Companion to American Fiction After 1949. Ed. John Duvall. Cambridge University Press, 2012. 129-141.

Grants & Awards

  • Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book
  • Piper Professor Award for Outstanding Scholarly and Academic Achievement
  • Z. T. Scott Faculty Fellowship for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Advising