Samuel Rowe

Samuel Rowe
Humanities Teaching Fellow

I study the relationship between narrative form and social and economic history during the long eighteenth century. My book manuscript, Imaginary Wants: Avarice, Luxury, and the Rise of the Eighteenth-century Villain, is about villain characters and political economy in British fiction. I argue that eighteenth-century villains perform a distinctive narratological function in the period's fiction. The rise and fall of the eighteenth-century villain, furthermore, has to be understood in relation to the pre-history of economic liberalism, and the emergence of an influential model of Homo Economicus as both rational and insatiable. I also maintain an interest in poetry, new and old, and have published essays on Charlotte Smith and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. As a Humanities Teaching Fellow, I teach courses on eighteenth-century and romantic prose and poetry, as well as interdisciplinary courses on literature and economics. I also teach in the Humanities Core.


2015-2019 Courses:
Political Economy and the Novel (Winter 2019)
Poetry in the Age of Revolution (Fall 2018)
Pickpockets, Slaves, and Housewives (Spring 2018)
The Beginnings of the British Novel (Winter 2018)
Interpreting London (Fall 2015)


  • "Beckford's Insatiable Caliph: Oriental Despotism and Consumer Society," forthcoming in Eighteenth-Century Studies 52.2 (Winter 2019)
  • "The Negative Turn: Smith's Elegiac Sonnets and the Right not to Communicate," Romantic Circles Praxis (June 2017)
  • "Coleridgean Kink: Christabel, Metrical Masochism, and Poetic Dissonance," ELH 83.2 (Summer 2016)


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2017. Teaching at Chicago since 2017.
B.A., Oberlin College, 2011
B.Mus., Oberlin College, 2011