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John Bender

Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus
Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, Emeritus
Ph.D., Cornell University (1967)
B.A., Princeton University (1962)

John Bender's research and teaching focus on the eighteenth century in England and France. His special concerns include the relationship of literature to the visual arts, to philosophy and science, as well as to the sociology of literature and critical theory. He is on the faculty in both English and Comparative Literature. Bender is the author of Spenser and Literary Pictorialism (1972), Imagining the Penitentiary: Fiction and the Architecture of Mind in 18th-Century England (1987), which received the Gottschalk Prize of the American Society for 18th-Century Studies, and (as co-author with Michael Marrinan) The Culture of Diagram (2010).  He has published articles on Shakespeare, Piranesi, Hogarth, Hume, Goldsmith, Blake, Godwin, Laclos and on theoretical issues including fictionality and scientific inquiry. Many of his essays are collected in Ends of Enlightenment (2012). He is co-editor of The Ends of Rhetoric: History, Theory, Practice (1990), Chronotypes: The Construction of Time (1991), The Columbia History of the British Novel (1994), the Oxford World Classics edition of Tom Jones (1996), and Regimes of Description: In the Archive of the Eighteenth Century (2005). Bender is the author of Foley Effects in the Gothic Sound in The Castle of Otranto - Universit√† Ca' Foscari Venezia.


Fields of Interest

Literature and society in the 18th-century; comparative study of literature and the visual arts: sociology of literature; literary theory; science and literature