Dr Luke Devine

luke-devine

Senior Lecturer in Politics

History, Politics and Sociology

Contact Details

email: l.devine@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542763

Luke is currently Course Leader for Politics and lectures across the Humanities; Luke is also a keen advocate of technology-enhanced learning and digital literacy.

Qualifications

  • PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2014).
  • PhD in Jewish Studies, University of Gloucestershire (2010).
  • MRes in Jewish History and Culture, University of Southampton (2007).
  • First Class BA Hons History with Sociology, University of Gloucestershire (2005).

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Luke’s teaching is underpinned by research specialisms in ‘race,’ ethnicity, gender, anti-Semitism, Freudian psychoanalysis, neo-Platonism, and Jewish mysticism.

Research Interests

Luke’s research is primarily focused on gender in neo-Platonist and Jewish mystical texts, in particular as they relate to the origins of Shekhinah.

Professional Bodies

Senior Fellow of the HEA

Member of Jewish Historical Society

Member of Pre-Raphaelite Society

Publications

“Active/Passive, ‘Diminished’/‘Beautiful,’ ‘Light’ from Above and Below: Rereading Shekhinah’s Sexual Desire in Zohar al Shir ha-Shirim (Song of Songs).” Feminist Theology (Sage) 28, no. 3 (2020): 297-315.

“‘I Sleep, but my Heart Waketh’: Contiguity between Heinrich Heine’s ‘Imago’ of the Shulamite and Amy Levy’s ‘Borderland.’” Association for Jewish Studies Review (Cambridge University Press) 40, no. 2 (2017): 219-240.

Kedushah in Anglo-Liberal Judaism: Lily Montagu’s Employment of the Holy in the Everyday.” Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal (University of Toronto) 13, no. 2 (2017): 1-27.

Shekhinah as ‘Shield’ to Israel: Refiguring the Role of Divine Presence in Jewish Tradition and the Shoah.” Feminist Theology (Sage) 25, no. 1 (2016): 62-88.

“How Shekhinah became the God(dess) of Jewish Feminism.” Feminist Theology (Sage) 23, no. 1 (Sept., 2014): 71-91.

“Emergent Liberal Judaism and Lily Montagu’s Proto-Feminist Project: Exploring the Precursive and Conceptual Links with Second-Wave Jewish Feminism.” Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies (University of Manchester) 9 (2012): 1-20.

“Exile and Redemption: Amy Levy’s Association with Yehuda Halevi and the Transmission of the Sephardic Tradition of Hebrew Poetry.” Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press) 26, no. 2 (June 2012): 125-43.

“Rethinking the Book of Esther: Hermeneutics and Shechinah Theology in the Poetry of Amy Levy‏‏.” Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal (University of Toronto) 9, no. 2 (2012): 1-17.

“Imagining Fin-de-Siècle Anglo-Jewish Minority Sub-Genres: Proto-Feminist Visions of Religious Reform in ‘East’ and ‘West End’ London in Amy Levy’s Reuben Sachs and Lily Montagu’s Naomi’s Exodus.” Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies (University of Manchester) 8 (2011): 69-83.

Lily Montagu’s Shekhinah (Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2011).

Second-Wave Jewish Feminism, 1971-1991: Foundational Theology and Sacral Discourse (Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2011).

“Reading Jewish Identity, Spiritual Alienation, and Reform Judaism through the Veil of Abstract Self-Hatred, Racial Degeneration, and Anti-Semitism in Julia Frankau’s Dr. Phillips: A Maida Vale Idyll.” Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal (University of Toronto) 8, no. 1 (2011): 1-20.

“‘The Ghetto at Florence’: Reading Jewish Identity in Amy Levy’s Early Poetry, 1880-1886.” Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History (Indiana University Press/Project Muse) 31, no. 1-2 (Winter/Spring 2011): 1-30.

From Anglo-First-Wave towards American Second-Wave Jewish Feminism: Negotiating with Jewish Feminist Theology and its Communities in the Writing of Amy Levy (Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2010).

Review of Carol Christ and Judith Plaskow, Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016). Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal (University of Toronto) 13, no. 1 (2016): 1-10.

Review of Diane Wyshogrod, Hiding Places: A Mother, A Daughter, an Uncovered Life (Albany: State University of New York Press – Excelsior Editions, 2012). Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal (University of Toronto) 11, no. 2 (2014): 1-4.

Review of Jan Feldman, Citizenship, Faith, & Feminism: Jewish and Muslim Women Reclaim Their Rights (Waltham: Brandeis University Press, 2011). Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal (University of Toronto) 11, no. 1 (2014): 1-6.