Mary Poovey

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Mary Poovey is an American cultural historian and literary critic whose work focuses on the Victorian Era. She is currently Samuel Rudin University Professor in the Humanities at New York University,and Director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge. Her PhD was from the University of Virginia (1976). Poovey has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Swarthmore College, and Yale University.


Her books include:

  • Proper Lady and the Woman Writer. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1984.
  • Uneven Developments: The Ideological Work of Gender in Mid-Victorian England. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1989
  • Florence Nightingale: Cassandra and other Selections from Suggestions For Thought. London: Pickering, 1991.
  • Making a Social Body: British Cultural Formation, 1830-1864. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1995.
  • A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1998.
  • The Financial System in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Genres of the Credit Economy: Mediating value in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Britain. Chicago: U Chicago P, 2008

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