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 dissertation treats villain characters in eighteenth-century British fiction, arguing for their distinctive narratological function, and situating them against the historical background of shifting conceptions of economic subjectivity.  I also maintain an interest in poetry, new and old, and have published on Romantic poetry as well as essays and reviews on recent poetry.  I graduated from Oberlin College in 2011 with a BA in English and a BMus in guitar performance.


2017-2018 Courses: Spring 2018, Pickpockets, Slaves, and Housewives (undergraduate)


  • "The Negative Turn: Smith's Elegiac Sonnets and the Right not to Communicate," forthcoming in Romantic Circles Praxis
  • "Coleridgean Kink: Christabel, Metrical Masochism, and Poetic Dissonance," ELH 83.2 (Summer 2016)


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2017. Teaching at Chicago since 2017.