Christopher Lane Professor of English

Christopher Lane (Ph.D., University of London) teaches and writes about Victorian and modern fiction, and has a specialization in 19th- and 20th-century psychology, psychiatry, and intellectual history. He is the author of five books on literature and psychology in both centuries: The Ruling Passion (Duke, 1995), The Burdens of Intimacy (Chicago, 1999), Hatred and Civility: The Antisocial Life in Victorian England (Columbia, 2004), and Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness (Yale, 2007), winner of the Prescrire Prize for Medical Writing (France, 2010) and translated into six languages. His latest book is a study of Victorian agnosticism: The Age of Doubt: Tracing the Roots of Our Religious Uncertainty (Yale, 2011). He is completing a book on psychology, psychiatry, and the remaking of religious life in 1950s’ America (under contract with Yale).

Lane, formerly Herman and Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professor of Literature at Northwestern, is also the editor of The Psychoanalysis of Race (Columbia, 1998) and coeditor of Homosexuality and Psychoanalysis (Chicago, 2001). He has published articles in journals such as Raritan, NovelVictorian StudiesELHModernism/ModernityPMLATheory and PsychologyCommon Knowledge, the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and the International Literary Quarterly. His work has also appeared in the New York TimesWashington PostBoston GlobeLos Angeles Times, Slate, Chronicle Review, and New Statesman and Society.

Lane is the recipient of fellowships from, among others, the Mellon Foundation, the British Academy, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

He writes a blog for Psychology Today called "Side Effects." He also writes for the Huffington Post.

Christopher Lane's Shyness Resources (Personal Webpage)


Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness
Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness (Yale University Press, 2008)
Additional Information:  Winner of the Prescrire Prize for Medical Writing (France 2010)
Additional Information:  Japanese translation
Additional Information:  Spanish translation
Additional Information:  Korean translation
Additional Information:  French translation
The Burdens of Intimacy
The Burdens of Intimacy (University Of Chicago Press, 1998)
The Ruling Passion
The Ruling Passion (Duke University Press, 1995)
Homosexuality and Psychoanalysis
Homosexuality and Psychoanalysis (University Of Chicago Press, 2001)
Additional Information:  coeditor
The Psychoanalysis of Race
The Psychoanalysis of Race (Columbia University Press, 1998)
Additional Information:  editor