Prof Mary Jacobus, Faculty of English



Research Interests

British and Continental psychoanalysis, past and present; Romanticism, especially Wordsworth; women writers of the Romantic period and the 1790’s; feminist criticism and theory; women’s writing; aspects of visual culture and literary theory.

Areas of Graduate Supervision

See Above.Contributes to teaching and/or supervision for the MPhil in 18th Century and Romantic Studies and the MPhil in Criticism and Culture

Selected Publications


  • Mary Jacobus, "Distressful Gift: Talking to the Dead", South Atlantic Quarterly: Late Derrida special issue 106.2, 2007, 393-418
  • Mary Jacobus, "Magical Arts: The Poetics of Play", Psychoanalysis and History 7.1, 2005, 21-51
  • Mary Jacobus, The Poetics of Psychoanalysis: In the Wake of Klein, Oxford University Press, 2005, 303pp
  • Mary L. Jacobus, "'Brownie' Sharpe and the Stuff of Dreams", Literature, Science, Psychoanalysis 1830-1970, ed. Helen Small and Trudi Tate, Oxford University Press, 2003, 145-59
  • Mary L. Jacobus, "Jane Austen in the Ghetto", Women: A Cultural Review 14.1, 2003, 63-84
  • Mary L. Jacobus, "The Unexpected: Bionic Woman at the Millenium", 11, 2000, 77-95
  • Mary L. Jacobus, "The Pain in the Patient's Knee", Whose Freud? The Place of Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Culture, ed. Peter Brooks and Alex Wolloch, Yale University Press, 2000, 116-29
  • Mary L. Jacobus, "Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading", 1999
  • Mary L. Jacobus, Tilottama Rajan and Julia M. Wright (eds), "The Science of Herself: Scenes of Female Enlightenment", 1998, 240-69
  • Mary L. Jacobus, "First Things: The Maternal Imaginary in Literature, Art, and Psychoanalysis", 1996, vii, 302