Mary Poovey

Samuel Rudin University Professor in the Humanities, Professor of English

New York University

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.

Her publications include Genres of the Credit Economy: Mediating Value in  Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Britain (2008); A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society (1998); Making a Social Body: British Cultural Formation, 1830-1864 (1995); Uneven Developments: The Ideological Work of Gender in Mid-Victorian England (1989); The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer: Ideology as Style in the Works of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen (1984).