Faculty By Field

Lisa Ruddick teaching on Humanities Day, October 2009

Lisa Ruddick teaching on Humanities Day, November 2009

Research in English used to be relatively easy to categorize by traditional field designations such as Renaissance or Victorian, but Chicago's English faculty have always been more interested in critical inquiry (the journalCritical Inquiry was founded and lives here, and Wayne Booth spent his entire career here) than in working within categorical boxes. That exploratory ethos continues to unify us as a department and animate our research interests, which are otherwise various, even heterogeneous, and which are constantly evolving (selected recent faculty publications).

The best way to get a sense of what individual faculty have worked on in the course of their careers is to click on their webpages. Research interests, however, may be defined in a variety of ways and at various degrees of specification. For instance, a scholar such as Ken Warren, who has written a book on Ralph Ellison, could be said to be working within the American field, but also within the fields of African American literature and literary history. Visitors to this site may also have many interests, at many levels. They may want to identify the subset of faculty who are working in a specific historical period such as the Renaissance, on a particular object of study such as the novel, or on a specialized theoretical or methodological problem such as gender and sexuality. See the lists and categories below to help guide your search.

Faculty in Major Fields in the Program

Search for Individual Faculty by Field

Search for Chicago faculty working in the traditional historically or geographically defined fields.

Search for Chicago faculty based on their object of study (genre, discipline, form, or practice).

Search for Chicago faculty whose work explores particular theoretical or methodological approaches.