James Chandler

Barbara E. & Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor

University of Chicago

James Chandler is the Barbara E. & Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor, Director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and Co-Director, Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1978 and has been teaching at Chicago since 1976. Chandler is affiliated with the University of Chicago's Department of English, Department of Cinema & Media Studies, and Committee on the History of Culture.

His research and teaching interests include the Romantic movement; the study of lyric poetry; the history of the novel; relations between politics and literature, history and criticism; the Scottish Enlightenment; modern Irish literature and culture; the sentimental mode; cinema studies; and the history of humanities disciplines. Currenlty, Chandler is working on a book entitled The Sentimental Mood: From Sterne to Capra, which is a book-length study of the sentimental as a stylistic and conceptual mode in literature and film. 

Selected Publications include: The New Cambridge History of English Romantic Literature, ed. (2008); The Cambridge Companion to Romantic Poetry, ed. with Maureen McLane (2008); Romantic Metropolis: The Urban Scene in British Romanticism, 1780-1840, ed. with Kevin Gilmartin (2005); England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism (1998); Questions of Evidence: Proof, Practice, and Persuasion Across the Disciplines, ed. with Arnold Davidson and H. N. Harootunian (1994); Wordsworth's Second Nature: A Study of the Poetry and Politics (1984).