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Professor Christine Ferguson

Professor Christine FergusonProfessor in English Literature, Chair of English Studies
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 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 was PI on the AHRC network project, Popular Occulture in Britain, 1875-1947, and, with Dr Manon Hedenborg-White, heads the ESSWE Network on Esotericism, Gender, and Sexuality (ESOGEN).

Research and Teaching Interests

My research interests lie in the literary and cultural impact of Victorian and post-Victorian new religious movements, with a particular emphasis on their heterodox theories of healing, heredity, gender and sexuality, and, in my new project, life extension. I have also published and supervised doctoral projects in the field of literary-based disability studies, and served between 2016-2020 as a regular member of the Wellcome Trust’s Medical Humanities Early Career Fellowship panel.


Alternative HealingEsotericism & OccultismGothic StudiesHistory of EugenicsLife Extension, Longevity & Immortality