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Fredric Bogel

Professor Emeritus

Educational Background

Yale University, PhD
Dartmouth College, BA
Institut d'Etudes Françaises d'Avignon, Certificate


Fredric Bogel has taught in the English Department since the 1980s, when he came to Cornell as director of the expository writing program (later, the Knight Institute). He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses mainly in eighteenth-century literature, in critical theory, and in the reading of poetry. His research has focused on Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, later eighteenth-century English literature, theory of satire, modern critical theory, and formalist criticism. His latest book, New Formalist Criticism: Theory and Practice, was published in November 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan.  He is currently at work on The Matter of Emotions: Affect and Mechanism in Eighteenth-Century Literature, a study of literature, philosophy, aesthetic theory, theories of acting, and sentimentality that explores the ambivalent movement between materialist and volitional accounts of affective and aesthetic experience.


  • English

Graduate Fields

  • English Language and Literature


  • Eighteenth-century literature, criticism, and philosophy
  • Theory of satire
  • Modern critical theory
  • English and American poetry
  • Formalist criticism and theory