Alexis Chema

Alexis Chema
Assistant Professor
  • Department of English
Walker 515
My scholarship focuses on the literature and aesthetic traditions of the long Romantic period. I am especially interested in teaching and thinking about sensibility and its poetic styles, theories and representations of emotion, literary reception, moral sense philosophy, and visual culture. These areas of inquiry come together for me around the larger question of how Romantic poems create figures for considering the intelligibility of extended collective belonging in the face of an increasingly abstract—spatially diffuse, technologically mediated—social world. I am currently completing a dissertation at Yale that argues for the significance of the aesthetic category of “fancy” to Romantic cosmopolitan social thought. I have a graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and have enjoyed teaching and designing courses on constructions of gender alongside aspects of everyday life, like food practices, walking, emotion, illness, and, of course, reading and writing.


2017-2018 Courses: Spring 2018, Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley (undergraduate)

Undergraduate: Gender and the Circulation of Texts, 1770-1840; Romantic Literature and the World.


Ph.D. Candidate, Yale. Teaching at Chicago since 2015.