Mary Poovey is Samuel Rudin University Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English at New York University. Her primary scholarly work focuses on nineteenth-century British literature, history, and culture, although she has also published on eighteenth-century British literature and culture, the history of literary criticism, feminist theory, and economic history. Her two most recent books, A History of the Modern Fact and Genres of the Credit Economy, examine the emergence of the modern disciplines. In them, she argues that literary study acquired the rudiments of its modern form through a process of generic differentiation that distinguished between modes of writing about value. Her current work focuses on financial crises, both past and present.


Francis O’Gorman is Salisbury Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He has particular interests in, among others, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Anthony Trollope, John Ruskin, A.C. Swinburne, and Edward Thomas. He has written or edited 23 books (including 6 on or by Ruskin) and his most recent are The Cambridge Companion to John Ruskin (CUP, 2015), Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History (Bloomsbury, 2015, pbk 2016), an edition of Trollope’s The Way We Live Now (Oxford World’s Classics, 2016), and the Twenty-First Century Oxford Authors edition of Algernon Charles Swinburne (OUP, 2016). His edition of volume 5 of the Selected Prose of Edward Thomas will be published by OUP in 2017. Francis O’Gorman’s recent essays have covered authors including Tennyson, Larkin, Yeats, Hopkins, T.S. Eliot, Joyce, Matthew Arnold, and Trollope. In terms of topics, he has particular interests in what it feels like to read; in writing and the inner or mental life; in elegy; in the interrelations of literature and law; and in the working and imaginative, as well as literal, meaning of advanced finance. For many years, he has written about the city of Venice.