Professor Christopher Fanning

PhD City University of New York

On leave 1 July–30 June 2015

Contact Information

Office: Watson 536
Office Hours:
Extension: 74440
Website: Personal Site

Research Interests

Restoration and eighteenth-century poetry and prose; satire; the sublime; the encyclopaedia; print culture; Laurence Sterne; Jonathan Swift; Alexander Pope.

Recent Publications

  • “The Encyclopedic Ethos: Authorship in British Encyclopedias of the Eighteenth Century,” Age of Johnson 21 (2011): 123–42.
  • “Sterne and Print Culture,” The Cambridge Companion to Laurence Sterne, ed. Thomas Keymer (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009), 125–41.
  • “The Scriblerian Sublime,” Studies in English Literature 45.3 (2005): 647–67.
  • “Small Particles of Eloquence: Sterne and the Scriblerian Text,” Modern Philology 100.3 (2003): 360–92.
  • “The Voices of the Dependent Poet: The Case of Mary Barber,” Women’s Writing 8.1 (2001): 81–97.

Note: Copies of some of my publications are available on my web site


Author of articles on Laurence Sterne and his context (Scriblerian satire, print culture, the encyclopedia, sermons) in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and InterpretationEighteenth-Century FictionPhilological QuarterlyThe Shandean and Modern Philology, and an article on Mary Barber in Women’s Writing.

Founder and Director of the Centre for Get Smart Studies. The Centre’s activities are, of course, top secret, as is its location, but inquiries can be made by dialling *86 on your shoe phone.