Christopher Lane

Christopher Lane is Professor of English at Northwestern University and the author of four books, most recently Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness (Yale, 2007). His research interests include Victorian literature and modern British fiction, and 19th century perspectives on psychiatry and psychology. He has also co-edited volumes concerning the psychoanalysis of race and sexuality, and has written columns and articles for The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal Online, and the Oxford Literary Review, among other journals and newspapers. He also serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, and is the recipient of fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the British Academy, and the Guggenheim Foundation. This information and more can be found at Lane's faculty profile here.


Volume 89

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Guests on Volume 89: Thomas Hibbs, on the theme of the possibility of redemption in film noir and similar film genres; Barrett Fisher, on the films of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman; Fred Turner, on 1960s dreams of countercultural change and the rise of the Whole Earth Catalog; Dan Blazer, on why psychiatric disorders require attention to the story of patients’ lives; Christopher Lane, on the complex characteristics of anxiety and the tendency to treat the absence of ease with drugs; and Jerome C. Wakefield, on how psychiatry began ignoring causes of mental suffering and so defined sadness as a disease.