Saturday, August 24, 2002

Obituary: Jill Rubenstein, 59, taught at UC's McMicken College


She was scholar of Scottish literature

By Rebecca Billman, rbillman@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Jill Rubenstein, 59, was a scholar of Scottish literature and of the writer James Hogg, and a professor at the University of Cincinnati's McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. She died Wednesday at Jewish Hospital.

        “Professor Rubenstein took great pride in her scholarly work and took every opportunity she could during the summer months to visit England and Scotland to help her with her research,” said Leland Person of Clifton, head of the English department. “She was one of our strongest advocates for the value of literary scholarship.”

        James Hogg was a writer and contemporary of Sir Walter Scott. Although he wrote many popular works, he fell out of favor for his frank handling of sexuality during the Victorian era.

        After the death of Sir Walter Scott in 1832, Hogg wrote an account of their friendship that was never published because of the objections of Scott's family. The book was published later — albeit heavily revised.

        In 1999 Dr. Rubenstein produced a book containing both versions of the book by Hogg and meticulous research on the author and his writings.

        Dr. Rubenstein had four books published: Sir Walter Scott: A Reference Guide; Memoire of Lady Frances Douglas by Lady Louisa Stuart; Sir Walter Scott: An Annotated Bibliography of Scholarship and Criticism, 1975-1990; and Anecdotes of Sir Walter Scott.

        At the time of her death, she was working on her second volume in the Stirling-South Carolina Research Edition of the works of James Hogg for Edinburgh University Press.

        She joined McMicken's faculty as an assistant professor in the English department in 1972, following a stint teaching at Illinois State University. She held an A.B. from the University of Rochester, an M.A.T. from Harvard University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

        She served as associate dean at McMicken from 1981 to 1984 when she was promoted to a full professor.

        The cause of Dr. Rubenstein's death is unknown. She was discovered unconscious in her Oakley home Tuesday.

        “What everyone knows about Jill is how much she loved her dogs,” said her friend Sally Moffitt of Silverton. Those who knew her “will be comforted to know that the ICU allowed her dogs to be with her at the end.”

        The dogs, Skye and Tweed, are being cared for by Ms. Moffitt.

        Survivors include an aunt and cousins.

        The college is planning a memorial service to be held after fall classes begin.

        Memorials: Animal Welfare League, 4193 Taylor Road, Batavia, Ohio 45103.

       



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