James Noggle

James Noggle
(781) 283-2578
B.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

James William Noggle

Professor of English

Interested in 18th-century British literature and culture, literary theory, and Milton.

James Noggle is a professor of English specializing in British literature, thought, and culture of the long eighteenth century. He has taught at Wellesley College since 1995. He was born and raised in San Jose, California, where he graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School, and has a B.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

His most recent book is Unfelt: The Language of Affect in the British Enlightenment (Cornell UP, 2020). His other scholarly monographs include The Temporality of Taste in Eighteenth-Century British Writing (Oxford UP, 2012) and The Skeptical Sublime: Aesthetic Ideology in Pope and the Tory Satirists (Oxford UP, 2001). In support of research for these books, he received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2014-15), the American Philosophical Society (2005-6), and the American Council of Learned Societies (1998-99). He also is an editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature (2005-). His current book project, titled Magic Letters, discovers the surprising origins of our current understanding of the concept "literature" in the eighteenth century. He is also completing a book of popular-music criticism called All the Way and Nowhere: The Success of the Replacements. His teaching interests include eighteenth-century British literature, Milton, and literary theory. 

He was chair of the Wellesley English department from 2010 to 2013.