Frances Ferguson is Mary
Elizabeth Garrett Professor in Arts and Sciences and Professor and Director of Graduate
Studies in English at Johns Hopkins University. She is author of Wordsworth: Language
as Counter-spirit, Solitude and the Sublime: Romanticism and the Aesthetics of
Individuality, and Pornography, The Theory: What Utilitarianism Did To
Action and essays on eighteenth and nineteenth century literature and on literary
theory. She is currently working on a study of education in the eighteenth and
nineteenth centuries and a discussion of recent accounts of reading.