Dr Christine Ferguson

  • Senior Lecturer (English Literature)

telephone: 01413308642
email: Christine.Ferguson@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research interests

Christine Ferguson is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature. Her research focuses on late Victorian literature and culture, with an emphasis on the interconnections between science and popular fiction at the fin-de-siècle.  She also has strong interests in contemporary British literature, particularly in Neo-Victorian writing, visual culture, and performance. Her most recent monograph, Determined Spirits: Eugenics, Heredity, and Racial Regeneration in Anglo-American Spiritualist Writing, 1848-1930 (Edinburgh University Press 2012), examines the hitherto unacknowledged role of nineteenth-century spiritualist and occultist thought in advocating practices of controlled human breeding and supernaturalized theories of hereditary transmission in the decades leading up to and during the advent of Galtonian eugenics. As companion to this project, she is currently editing a volume of primary nineteenth-century spiritualist writings on race, reproduction, and human biology, due for publication by Routledge in 2013. Other publications include the 2006 monograph Language, Science, and Popular Fiction at the Victorian Fin-de-Siècle: The Brutal Tongue (Ashgate 2006), and articles and book chapters on such topics as steampunk and subcultural performance, the Neo-Victorian graphic novel, Victorian representations of disability and freakery, and the connections between decadence and science in the fin-de-siècle. Her new project, Open Secrets: The Public Spheres of the Victorian Occult, investigates the exoteric face of the late Victorian occult revival, examining how occultist and mystical writers such as A.E. Waite, Mabel Collins, Hargrave Jennings, Arthur Machen, and others used popular fiction and periodical writing to breach the divide between hidden and public knowledge.

Biography

Christine Ferguson is a Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century English Literature. She received her Ph.D. from Tulane University in 2002 and then held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia until 2004.  Prior to joining the University of Glasgow in 2007, she taught in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She has held grants and fellowships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (Early Career Fellowship 2010), the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Small Research Grant 2011), the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin (C.P. Snow Fellowship 2009), and the British Academy (Small Research Grant 2008). She also sits on the editorial boards of the scholarly journals Victoriographies: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century Writing, 1790-1914 and Victorian Review.

Supervision

Christine Ferguson has mentored and continues to supervise dissertations on a variety of topics related to Victorian and contemporary literature, including projects on the Victorian diary, the figure of the Nautch girl in Anglo-Indian fiction, women's autobiographical graphic novels, recent literary and cross-media representations of autism, and Victorian women's ghost stories. She welcomes students interested in researching aspects of  late Victorian literature and culture, nineteenth-century spiritualism and/or the Gothic, Neo-Victorianism and steampunk, and disability studies. She also invites proposals from students working on contemporary Black and Asian British literature.

Publications

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Number of items: 45.

2018

Ferguson, C. and Radford, A., (Eds.) (2018) The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947. Routledge: London. (Accepted for Publication)

2016

Ferguson, C. (2016) Literature and occult science. In: Holmes, J. and Ruston, S. (eds.) The Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Science. Routledge. ISBN 9781472429872 (In Press)

Ferguson, C. (2016) Reading with the Occultists: Arthur Machen, A.E. Waite, and the ecstasies of popular fiction. Journal of Victorian Culture, 21(1), pp. 40-55. (doi:10.1080/13555502.2015.1123170)

Ferguson, C. (2016) Mixed media: Olivia Plender’s A Stellar Key to the Summerland (2007) and the afterlife of spiritualist visual culture. In: Drawing on the Victorians: The Palimpsest of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Texts. Ohio University Press. (Accepted for Publication)

Ferguson, C. (2016) Other worlds: Alfred Russel Wallace and the cross-cultures of spiritualism. Victorian Review, (Accepted for Publication)

2015

Ferguson, C. (2015) Conjuring the market: literature and occult populism at the fin de siècle. Popular Literature, Authorship and the Occult in Late Victorian Britain, by Andrew McCann. Journal of Victorian Culture, 20(3), pp. 435-438. (doi:10.1080/13555502.2015.1058081) [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2015) Illustrating the abyss: an interview with Catherine Anyango on Heart of Darkness. In: Tabachnick, S. E. and Saltzman, E. B. (eds.) Drawn from the Classics: Essays on Graphic Adaptations of Literary Works. McFarland & Company, Inc.: Jefferson, NC, pp. 194-204. ISBN 9780786478798

2014

Pulham, P., Ferguson, C., Arias, R. and Kontou, T., (Eds.) (2014) Spiritualism, 1840-1930. Series: Victorian Concepts. Routledge. ISBN 9780415683067

Ferguson, C. (2014) Dreams and Visions of the War: Oliver Lodge, Raymond, and shell-shocked spiritualism. Viewpoint: Magazine of the British Society for the History of Science, 104, pp. 1-4.

Ferguson, C. (2014) Introduction: spiritualism, race, eugenics, and anthropology. In: Pulham, P., Ferguson, C., Arias, R. and Kontou, T. (eds.) Spiritualism 1840-1930: Spiritualism, Race, Eugenics, and Anthropology. Series: Victorian concepts. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415683067

Ferguson, C. (2014) Review of: Gowan Dawson and Bernard Lightman, General Editors. Victorian Science and Literature. 8 Volumes. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011-12. Review 19: An Online Review of New Books on English and American Literature of the Nineteenth-Century., [Book Review]

2013

Ferguson, C. (2013) Neo-Victorian presence: Tom Phillips and the non-hermeneutic past. Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 18(3), pp. 22-57.

Ferguson, C. (2013) Review of: S. James, Maps of Utopia and H.G. Wells, Modernity and the End of Culture. Utopian Studies, 24(2), pp. 355-358. [Book Review]

2012

Ferguson, C. (2012) Recent studies in Nineteenth-Century spiritualism. Literature Compass, 9(6), pp. 431-440. (doi:10.1111/j.1741-4113.2012.00890.x)

Ferguson, C. (2012) Review of: The Handbook of the Gothic, edited by Marie Mulvey-Roberts. Victoriographies, 2(1), pp. 73-75. (doi:10.3366/vic.2012.0067) [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2012) Determined Spirits: Eugenics, Heredity, and Racial Regeneration in Anglo-American Spiritualist Writing, 1848-1930. Series: Edinburgh critical studies in Victorian culture. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748639656

Ferguson, C. (2012) Recent studies in spiritualism and science. In: Kontou, T. and Wilburn, S. (eds.) The Ashgate Companion to Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism and the Occult. Ashgate. ISBN 9780754669128

2011

Ferguson, C. (2011) Surface tensions: steampunk, subculture and the ideology of style. Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies, 4(2), pp. 66-90.

2010

Ferguson, C. (2010) Review of: Plato's Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance, by Cathy Gutierrez. Journal of American Studies, 44(4), pp. 808-809. (doi:10.1017/S0021875810001829) [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2010) Let deaths exceed births. Times Literary Supplement, 2010(30 Jul), p. 25. [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2010) Zola in ghostland: spiritualist literary criticism and naturalist supernaturalism. Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 50(4), pp. 877-894.

Ferguson, C. (2010) Review. Bernard Lightman. Victorian Popularizers of Science: Designing Nature for New Audiences (University of Chicago, 2007) and Aileen Fyfe and Bernard Lightman, Science in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century Sites and Experiences (University of Chicago Press, 2007). Victorian Review, 36(2), pp. 133-136. [Book Review]

2009

Ferguson, C. (2009) Oscar Wilde, 'The critic as artist'. Victorian Review, 35(1), pp. 64-68.

Ferguson, C. (2009) Review of: Immortal Longings: FWH Myers and the Victorian Search for Life After Death, by Trevor Hamilton. Victorian Studies, 52(1), pp. 159-160. [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2009) Victoria-Arcana and the Misogynistic Poetics of Resistance in Iain Sinclair's White Chappell Scarlet Tracings and Alan Moore's From Hell. LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory, 20(1-2), pp. 45-64. (doi:10.1080/10436920802690430)

Ferguson, C. (2009) The graphic novel and the visualization of the Victorian: teaching Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell. In: Tabachnick, S.E. (ed.) Teaching the Graphic Novel. The Modern Language Association of America, pp. 405-520. ISBN 9781603290609

2008

Ferguson, C. (2008) Review of: The Idea of English Ethnicity, by Robert J.C. Young. Journal of British Studies, 47(4), pp. 983-985. (doi:10.1086/592932) [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2008) Elephant talk: language and enfranchisement in the Merrick case. In: Tromp, M. (ed.) Victorian Freaks: The Social Context of Freakery in Britain. Ohio State University Press: Columbus, OH, pp. 114-133. ISBN 9780814210864

Ferguson, C. (2008) Sensational dependence: prosthesis and affect in Dickens and Braddon. LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory, 19(1), pp. 1-25. (doi:10.1080/10436920701884688)

2007

Ferguson, C. (2007) Eugenics and the afterlife: Lombroso, Doyle, and the spritualist purification of the race. Journal of Victorian Culture, 12(1), pp. 64-85. (doi:10.3366/jvc.2006.12.1.64)

Ferguson, C. (2007) Hanif Kureishi's Intimacy. In: Maunder, A. (ed.) The Facts On File Companion to the British Short Story. Series: Facts on File Library of World Literature. Facts on File: New York, USA. ISBN 9780816059904

Ferguson, C. (2007) Irvine Welsh. In: Maunder, A. (ed.) The Facts On File Companion to the British Short Story. Series: Facts on File Library of World Literature. Facts on File: New York, USA. ISBN 9780816059904

Ferguson, C. (2007) M.R. James's Oh, whistle, and i'll come to you, my lad. In: Maunder, A. (ed.) The Facts On File Companion to the British Short Story. Series: Facts on File library of world literature. Facts on File: New York, USA. ISBN 9780816059904

Ferguson, C. (2007) Review of: Fashioning Gothic Bodies, by Catherine Spooner. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 18(1), pp. 391-393. [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2007) Review of: Literature, Technology, and Modernity, 1860-2000, by Nicholas Daly. Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature, 6(1), [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2007) Review of: Robert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Siècle, by Julia Reid and Robert Louis Stevenson: Writer of Boundaries, by Richard Ambrosini and Richard Drury. Victorian Studies, 49(4), pp. 691-693. [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2007) Review of: The Language of the Eyes: Science, Sexuality, and Female Vision in English Literature and Culture, 1690-1927, by Daryl Ogden. Victorian Review, 33(1), pp. 151-153. [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2007) Robert Louis Stevenson's Thrawn Janet. In: Maunder, A. (ed.) The Facts On File Companion to the British Short Story. Series: Facts on File Library of World Literature. Facts on File: New York, USA. ISBN 9780816059904

2006

Ferguson, C. (2006) Footnotes on Trilby: the human foot as evolutionary icon in late Victorian culture. Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 28(2), pp. 127-144. (doi:10.1080/08905490600849550)

Ferguson, C. (2006) Language, Science, and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin-de-Siécle: The Brutal Tongue. Ashgate. ISBN 9780754650829

2005

Ferguson, C. (2005) Review of: Fictions of Affliction: Physical Disability in Victorian Culture, by Martha Stoddard Holmes. Disability Studies Quarterly, 25(1), [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2005) Review of: The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern, by Alex Owen. Victorian Review, 31(1), pp. 64-66. [Book Review]

2004

Ferguson, C. (2004) Non-standard language and the cultural stakes of Stoker's Dracula. English Literary History, pp. 229-249.

2002

Ferguson, C. (2002) Decadence as scientific fulfillment. Publications of the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA), 117(3), pp. 465-478.

2001

Ferguson, C. (2001) Alice Adams. In: Meanor, P. and Lee, R.E. (eds.) American Short-Story Writers Since World War II. Third Series. Series: Dictionary of literary biography (234). Gale Group: Detroit, USA. ISBN 9780787646516

This list was generated on Thu May 26 04:21:07 2016 BST.
Number of items: 45.

Articles

Ferguson, C. (2016) Reading with the Occultists: Arthur Machen, A.E. Waite, and the ecstasies of popular fiction. Journal of Victorian Culture, 21(1), pp. 40-55. (doi:10.1080/13555502.2015.1123170)

Ferguson, C. (2016) Other worlds: Alfred Russel Wallace and the cross-cultures of spiritualism. Victorian Review, (Accepted for Publication)

Ferguson, C. (2014) Dreams and Visions of the War: Oliver Lodge, Raymond, and shell-shocked spiritualism. Viewpoint: Magazine of the British Society for the History of Science, 104, pp. 1-4.

Ferguson, C. (2013) Neo-Victorian presence: Tom Phillips and the non-hermeneutic past. Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, 18(3), pp. 22-57.

Ferguson, C. (2012) Recent studies in Nineteenth-Century spiritualism. Literature Compass, 9(6), pp. 431-440. (doi:10.1111/j.1741-4113.2012.00890.x)

Ferguson, C. (2011) Surface tensions: steampunk, subculture and the ideology of style. Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies, 4(2), pp. 66-90.

Ferguson, C. (2010) Zola in ghostland: spiritualist literary criticism and naturalist supernaturalism. Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 50(4), pp. 877-894.

Ferguson, C. (2009) Oscar Wilde, 'The critic as artist'. Victorian Review, 35(1), pp. 64-68.

Ferguson, C. (2009) Victoria-Arcana and the Misogynistic Poetics of Resistance in Iain Sinclair's White Chappell Scarlet Tracings and Alan Moore's From Hell. LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory, 20(1-2), pp. 45-64. (doi:10.1080/10436920802690430)

Ferguson, C. (2008) Sensational dependence: prosthesis and affect in Dickens and Braddon. LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory, 19(1), pp. 1-25. (doi:10.1080/10436920701884688)

Ferguson, C. (2007) Eugenics and the afterlife: Lombroso, Doyle, and the spritualist purification of the race. Journal of Victorian Culture, 12(1), pp. 64-85. (doi:10.3366/jvc.2006.12.1.64)

Ferguson, C. (2006) Footnotes on Trilby: the human foot as evolutionary icon in late Victorian culture. Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 28(2), pp. 127-144. (doi:10.1080/08905490600849550)

Ferguson, C. (2004) Non-standard language and the cultural stakes of Stoker's Dracula. English Literary History, pp. 229-249.

Ferguson, C. (2002) Decadence as scientific fulfillment. Publications of the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA), 117(3), pp. 465-478.

Books

Ferguson, C. (2012) Determined Spirits: Eugenics, Heredity, and Racial Regeneration in Anglo-American Spiritualist Writing, 1848-1930. Series: Edinburgh critical studies in Victorian culture. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748639656

Ferguson, C. (2006) Language, Science, and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin-de-Siécle: The Brutal Tongue. Ashgate. ISBN 9780754650829

Book Sections

Ferguson, C. (2016) Literature and occult science. In: Holmes, J. and Ruston, S. (eds.) The Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Science. Routledge. ISBN 9781472429872 (In Press)

Ferguson, C. (2016) Mixed media: Olivia Plender’s A Stellar Key to the Summerland (2007) and the afterlife of spiritualist visual culture. In: Drawing on the Victorians: The Palimpsest of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Texts. Ohio University Press. (Accepted for Publication)

Ferguson, C. (2015) Illustrating the abyss: an interview with Catherine Anyango on Heart of Darkness. In: Tabachnick, S. E. and Saltzman, E. B. (eds.) Drawn from the Classics: Essays on Graphic Adaptations of Literary Works. McFarland & Company, Inc.: Jefferson, NC, pp. 194-204. ISBN 9780786478798

Ferguson, C. (2014) Introduction: spiritualism, race, eugenics, and anthropology. In: Pulham, P., Ferguson, C., Arias, R. and Kontou, T. (eds.) Spiritualism 1840-1930: Spiritualism, Race, Eugenics, and Anthropology. Series: Victorian concepts. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415683067

Ferguson, C. (2012) Recent studies in spiritualism and science. In: Kontou, T. and Wilburn, S. (eds.) The Ashgate Companion to Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism and the Occult. Ashgate. ISBN 9780754669128

Ferguson, C. (2009) The graphic novel and the visualization of the Victorian: teaching Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell. In: Tabachnick, S.E. (ed.) Teaching the Graphic Novel. The Modern Language Association of America, pp. 405-520. ISBN 9781603290609

Ferguson, C. (2008) Elephant talk: language and enfranchisement in the Merrick case. In: Tromp, M. (ed.) Victorian Freaks: The Social Context of Freakery in Britain. Ohio State University Press: Columbus, OH, pp. 114-133. ISBN 9780814210864

Ferguson, C. (2007) Hanif Kureishi's Intimacy. In: Maunder, A. (ed.) The Facts On File Companion to the British Short Story. Series: Facts on File Library of World Literature. Facts on File: New York, USA. ISBN 9780816059904

Ferguson, C. (2007) Irvine Welsh. In: Maunder, A. (ed.) The Facts On File Companion to the British Short Story. Series: Facts on File Library of World Literature. Facts on File: New York, USA. ISBN 9780816059904

Ferguson, C. (2007) M.R. James's Oh, whistle, and i'll come to you, my lad. In: Maunder, A. (ed.) The Facts On File Companion to the British Short Story. Series: Facts on File library of world literature. Facts on File: New York, USA. ISBN 9780816059904

Ferguson, C. (2007) Robert Louis Stevenson's Thrawn Janet. In: Maunder, A. (ed.) The Facts On File Companion to the British Short Story. Series: Facts on File Library of World Literature. Facts on File: New York, USA. ISBN 9780816059904

Ferguson, C. (2001) Alice Adams. In: Meanor, P. and Lee, R.E. (eds.) American Short-Story Writers Since World War II. Third Series. Series: Dictionary of literary biography (234). Gale Group: Detroit, USA. ISBN 9780787646516

Book Reviews

Ferguson, C. (2015) Conjuring the market: literature and occult populism at the fin de siècle. Popular Literature, Authorship and the Occult in Late Victorian Britain, by Andrew McCann. Journal of Victorian Culture, 20(3), pp. 435-438. (doi:10.1080/13555502.2015.1058081) [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2014) Review of: Gowan Dawson and Bernard Lightman, General Editors. Victorian Science and Literature. 8 Volumes. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011-12. Review 19: An Online Review of New Books on English and American Literature of the Nineteenth-Century., [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2013) Review of: S. James, Maps of Utopia and H.G. Wells, Modernity and the End of Culture. Utopian Studies, 24(2), pp. 355-358. [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2012) Review of: The Handbook of the Gothic, edited by Marie Mulvey-Roberts. Victoriographies, 2(1), pp. 73-75. (doi:10.3366/vic.2012.0067) [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2010) Review of: Plato's Ghost: Spiritualism in the American Renaissance, by Cathy Gutierrez. Journal of American Studies, 44(4), pp. 808-809. (doi:10.1017/S0021875810001829) [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2010) Let deaths exceed births. Times Literary Supplement, 2010(30 Jul), p. 25. [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2010) Review. Bernard Lightman. Victorian Popularizers of Science: Designing Nature for New Audiences (University of Chicago, 2007) and Aileen Fyfe and Bernard Lightman, Science in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century Sites and Experiences (University of Chicago Press, 2007). Victorian Review, 36(2), pp. 133-136. [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2009) Review of: Immortal Longings: FWH Myers and the Victorian Search for Life After Death, by Trevor Hamilton. Victorian Studies, 52(1), pp. 159-160. [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2008) Review of: The Idea of English Ethnicity, by Robert J.C. Young. Journal of British Studies, 47(4), pp. 983-985. (doi:10.1086/592932) [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2007) Review of: Fashioning Gothic Bodies, by Catherine Spooner. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, 18(1), pp. 391-393. [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2007) Review of: Literature, Technology, and Modernity, 1860-2000, by Nicholas Daly. Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature, 6(1), [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2007) Review of: Robert Louis Stevenson, Science, and the Fin de Siècle, by Julia Reid and Robert Louis Stevenson: Writer of Boundaries, by Richard Ambrosini and Richard Drury. Victorian Studies, 49(4), pp. 691-693. [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2007) Review of: The Language of the Eyes: Science, Sexuality, and Female Vision in English Literature and Culture, 1690-1927, by Daryl Ogden. Victorian Review, 33(1), pp. 151-153. [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2005) Review of: Fictions of Affliction: Physical Disability in Victorian Culture, by Martha Stoddard Holmes. Disability Studies Quarterly, 25(1), [Book Review]

Ferguson, C. (2005) Review of: The Place of Enchantment: British Occultism and the Culture of the Modern, by Alex Owen. Victorian Review, 31(1), pp. 64-66. [Book Review]

Edited Books

Ferguson, C. and Radford, A., (Eds.) (2018) The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947. Routledge: London. (Accepted for Publication)

Pulham, P., Ferguson, C., Arias, R. and Kontou, T., (Eds.) (2014) Spiritualism, 1840-1930. Series: Victorian Concepts. Routledge. ISBN 9780415683067

This list was generated on Thu May 26 04:21:07 2016 BST.