The Ann L. and Lawrence B. Buttenwieser Professor
Department of English Language and Literature and the College
Frances Ferguson’s research interests include the literary field of the eighteenth century and Romanticism as it altered over a period of a hundred years (the rise of criticism and reviewing, the changes in the relationship between poetry and the novel); the history of reading and practical criticism; the rise of mass education; and the importance of Dissent in educated and educational thought in the 18th and 19th centuries.
She is the author of “Wordsworth: Language as Counter-spirit,” “Solitude and the Sublime: Romanticism and the Aesthetics of Individuation,” and “Pornography, The Theory: What Utilitarianism Did to Action.” She is a member of the editorial board of Critical Inquiry. Her most recent article for the journal first appeared in a special issue devoted to the late work of Jacques Derrida.
Ferguson received her PhD and MA from Yale University and her BA from Wellesley College.
Ferguson joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.