Ph.D. 1976 (English), M.A. 1973, University of Virginia; B.A. 1972 (English), Oberlin College.
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Mary Poovey is Samuel Rudin University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English. Her primary scholarly work focuses on nineteenth-century British literature, history, and culture, although she has also published on eighteenth-century British literature and culture, the history of literary criticism, feminist theory, and economic history. Her two most recent books, A History of the Modern Fact and Genres of the Credit Economy, examine the emergence of the modern disciplines. In them, she argues that literary study acquired the rudiments of its modern form through a process of generic differentiation that distinguished between modes of writing about value. Her current work focuses on financial crises, both past and present.
Areas of Research/Interest
Victorian Literature and Culture, Economic history of Great Britain and History of Financial Institutions
Editorial Advisory Board, Feminist Studies; Editorial Advisory Board, Genders; Editorial Advisory Board, Gender & History; Editorial Board, Journal of British Studies; Editorial Board, Signs; Editorial Advisory Board, Novel.
Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Social Sciences; Guggenheim Fellowship; ACLS Fellowship; NEH Fellowship.
Genres of the Credit Economy: Mediating Value in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Britain. Chicago: University of Chicago
A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1998.
Making a Social Body: British Cultural Formation, 1830-1864. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1995.
Uneven Developments: The Ideological Work of Gender in Mid-Victorian England. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1989.
The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer: Ideology as Style in the Works of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1984.