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Mary Poovey

Samuel Rudin University Professor in the Humanities Emeritus; Professor Emeritus of English

Ph.D. 1976 (English), M.A. 1973, University of Virginia; B.A. 1972 (English), Oberlin College.

Office Address: 

244 Greene Street room 313 New York, New York (US) 10003


(212) 998-8897


(212) 995-4904

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Victorian Literature and Culture, Economic history of Great Britain and History of Financial Institutions

External Affiliations:

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.


Mary Poovey is Samuel Rudin University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English Emeritus. 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.


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 
Press. 2008.

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.

Updated on 05/16/2017