John Bender

John Bender, PhD

Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Professor of English
Professor of Comparative Literature
Affiliated faculty at The Europe Center

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Humanities Center
Stanford, CA 94305-4015

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Research Interests

18th-century British and European literature, visual arts, and literary theory.


John Bender is Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, and Affiliated Faculty of the The Europe Center. His research and teaching focus on the 18th century in England and France. His special concerns include the relationship of literature to visual arts, to philosophy and science, as well as to the sociology of literature and critical theory. 


Bender is the author of Spenser and Literary Pictorialism (1972), Imagining the Penitentiary: Fiction and the Architecture of Mind in 18th-Century England (1987), which received the Gottschalk Prize of the American Society for 18th-Century Studies, The Culture of Diagram (2010)--as co-author with Michael Marrinan—and Ends of Enlightenment (2012).

Stanford Affiliations

Comparative Literature