James Chandler

James Chandler
William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor
  • Department of English
  • Department of Cinema & Media Studies
Walker 507
(773) 702-8274 (Franke)

My 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.

Sample of Courses Taught

Graduate: Transformations of Style, Genre, Institution: 1750-1850; Rules of Satire; Irish Modernity; The Sentimental; British Literary Culture, 1750-1850; Composing Humans, 1760-1840 (co-taught with Martha Feldman); Enlightened Typologies; Literature, History, and Science: 1750-1900 (co-taught with Alison Winter); Transformations of Style: Genre, Institution: 1740-1840; The Literature of Empire, 1750-1900 (co-taught with Jennifer Pitts)

Undergraduate: From Sensibility To Romanticism; Anglo-Irish Literature; London: Urban Romanticism

Work in Progress

How to Do Criticism (commissioned for Blackwell); essays on Maria Edgeworth

Selected Publications

England in 1819 Archaeology of Sympathy
  • An Archaeology of Sympathy: The Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
  • The New Cambridge History of English Romantic Literature, ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
  • The Cambridge Companion to Romantic Poetry, ed. with Maureen McLane (Cambridge University Press, 2008).
  • Romantic Metropolis: The Urban Scene in British Romanticism, 1780-1840, ed. with Kevin Gilmartin (Cambridge University Press, 2005).
  • England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism (University of Chicago Press, 1998).
  • Questions of Evidence: Proof, Practice, and Persuasion Across the Disciplines, ed. with Arnold Davidson and H. N. Harootunian (University of Chicago Press, 1994).
  • Wordsworth's Second Nature: A Study of the Poetry and Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1984).

Editorial Work

Special issue of Critical Inquiry, “The Fate of Disciplines,” ed. with Arnold Davidson (Summer 2009)

Special Issue of Critical Inquiry, “Arts of Transmission,” ed. with Arnold Davidson and Adrian Johns (Autumn 2004)

General Editor, with Marilyn Butler, Cambridge Studies in Romanticism, book series for Cambridge University Press, begun in 1990 (85 monograph volumes published through 2010).

General Editor, with David Bromwich and Lionel Gossman, Literature in History, book series for Princeton University Press, begun in 1991 (11 volumes published through 2009).


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1978. Teaching at Chicago since 1976.