Christopher Rovee

Christopher Rovee

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., Princeton University

212-R Allen Hall


Chris Rovee is a specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, with special emphasis on poetics, visual and material culture, and the institutional practices of this period. He is the author of "Imagining the Gallery: The Social Body of British Romanticism" (Stanford University Press, 2006), as well as numerous articles on literature and culture, on subjects ranging from the 1790 invention of "The Game of Human Life," to 1840s travel photography, to historical and contemporary ideas about museums and waste. He is currently completing a second book, "Close Reading and the ‘War on Romanticism’: Professing the Lyric, 1930-1960.” His work on this book has been supported by the Louisiana Board of Regents and by the University of Rochester Humanities Center, where he was an external fellow in 2018-19. He teaches classes on literature and culture from 1750 to the present. These include period-specific seminars on Romanticism and on Jane Austen, cross-historical classes on Elegy and on Photography and Literature, as well as general courses on Poetics, on Literary Theory, and on the History of Criticism. Professor Rovee joined LSU’s Department of English in 2013, after more than a decade in the SF Bay Area. He received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley, his MPhil from Oxford University, and his PhD from Princeton University.

Area(s) of Interest

Poetry and Poetics, Romanticism, History of Criticism, Critical University Studies, Museum Studies, Visual Culture, Photography