Dr. Joanna Levin

Dr. Joanna Levin

Associate Professor, Chair, Department of English
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of English
Office Location: Wilkinson Hall 218
Office Hours: Monday and Thursday 2-4 p.m. and by appointment
Phone: (714) 997-6534
Yale University, Bachelor of Arts
Stanford University, Ph.D.


Joanna Levin received her B.A. in American Studies at Yale University and her Ph.D. in English from Stanford University. She teaches a wide range of courses in American literature and culture, as well as in literary theory and criticism. Her book, Bohemia in America, 1858-1920 (Stanford University Press, 2010) explores the construction and emergence of "Bohemia" in American literature and culture. Simultaneously a literary trope, a culture nexus, and a socio-economic landscape, la vie boheme traveled to the United States from Parisian Latin Quarter in the 1850s. At first the province of small artistic coteries, Bohemia soon inspired a popular vogue, embodied in restaurants, clubs, neighborhoods, novels, poems, and dramatic performances across the country. Bohemia in America follows la vie boheme from its earliest expressions in the U.S. until its explosion in Greenwich Village in the 1910s. Joanna Levin's article "Lady Macbeth and the Daemonologie of Hysteria" (a study of the development of "hysteria" as a diagnostic category in Renaissance England) appeared in ELH, Spring 2002. She began teaching at Chapman in 2003.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Joanna Levin, “Double Dealers in Bohemian New Orleans,” in Shawn Bingham and Lindsey Freeman, eds. The Bohemian South: Creating Countercultures from Poe to Punk (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017), 36-53.
Joanna Levin and Edward Whitley, “Bohemian Women Poets,” in Jennifer Putzi and Alexandra Socarides, eds., A Cambridge History of 19th Century American Women Poets (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
“‘Freedom For Women From Conventional Lies’: Ada Clare and the Feminist Feuilleton,” in Levin and Whitley, eds. Whitman Among the Bohemians (Iowa City, University of Iowa Press, 2014): 75-97
Whitman Among the Bohemians (Iowa University Press, 2014)
Bohemia in America, 1858-1920 (Stanford University Press, 2010)