Christine Ferguson is a Professor in English Studies in the Division of Literature and Languages, where her research focuses on the entwined histories of the literary gothic and the British occult revival in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Before coming to Stirling in 2016, she taught at the University of Glasgow from 2008-2016, at the University of Alberta from 2004-2008, and was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia from 2002-2004. She currently serves on the Wellcome Trust Expert Review Panel and on the board of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism; she also sits on the editorial boards of Victorian Review, the Journal of Victorian Culture, Victoriographies and the Oxford Studies in Western Esotericism series.
Her major publications include the books Determined Spirits: Eugenics, Heredity, and Racial Regeneration in Anglo-American Spiritualist Writing 1848-1930 (2012) and Language, Science, and Popular Fiction in the Victorian Fin de Siècle (2006); she is the editor of Spiritualism, Health, Race, and Human Variation (2014), a volume in Routledge’s Spiritualism 1840-1930 facsimile edition series, and, with Andrew Radford, The Occult Imagination in Britain, 1875-1947 (forthcoming 2018). She is at work on a new project on the popular fiction networks and periodical culture of the Victorian occult revival. She is also currently PI on the AHRC network project, Popular Occulture in Britain, 1875-1947.
Crossing the Rubicon: Language and Popular Fiction at the Fin de Siecle Tulane University
Spiritualism and Occultism in Literature
Literature and Medicine
Graphic Novels and Comics
Ferguson C (2016) Mixed Media: Olivia Plender’s A Stellar Key to the Summerland and the Afterlife of Spiritualist Visual Culture. In: Jones AM, Mitchell RN (ed.). Drawing on the Victorians: The Palimpsest of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Graphic Texts. Series in Victorian Studies, Athens, OH, USA: Ohio University Press, pp. 121-150.
Ferguson C (2015) Illustrating the Abyss: An Interview with Catherine Anyango on Heart of Darkness (2010). In: Tabachnick SE, Saltzman EB (ed.). Drawn from the Classics: Essays on Graphic Adaptations of Literary Works, Jefferson, NC, USA: McFarland and Company, Inc., pp. 194-204.
Ferguson C (2012) Recent Scholarship on Spiritualism and Science. In: Kontou T, Willburn S (ed.). The Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism and the Occult. Ashgate Research Companion, Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 19-24.
Ferguson C (2012) Determined Spirits: Eugenics, Heredity and Racial Regeneration in Anglo-American Spiritualist Writing, 1848-1930. Edinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Ferguson C (2009) Steampunk and the Visualization of the Victorian: Teaching Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and From Hell. In: Tabachnick SE (ed.). Approaches to Teaching the Graphic Novel. Options for Teaching, New York: MLA, pp. 200-207.