Peter Knight

Peter Knight

  • Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester
Peter Knight teaches American Studies, with a focus on literature and culture in the 19th and 20th century. He is an expert on conspiracy theories and cultural dimensions of finance. He has published widely and led major grant projects in both areas. He came to the University of Manchester in 2000, having previously taught at York, Nottingham and Staffordshire. He was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, and has also held fellowships at New York University, Harvard and the Smithsonian. In the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC), he has served as Director of Postgraduate Education, and Associate Director for Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange. From 2016-19 he is Head of Division for English, American Studies & Creative Writing.


Contact Info

N.1.14, Samuel Alexander Building, University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL
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  • Ph.D.

Selected Publications

Reading the Market: Genres of Financial Capitalism in Gilded Age America (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016).

with Michael Butter, 'Combler le fossé: L’avenir des recherches sur les théories du complotDiogène 249-250 (2015): 21-39. DOI: 10.3917/dio.249.0021

"Animal Spirits," in Show Me the Money, ed. Paul Crosthwaite, Peter Knight, and Nicky Marsh (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014), 65-99.

with Paul Crosthwaite and Nicky Marsh, Show Me the Money, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014).

"Edith Wharton, Insider Information, and the 'Inherited Obligations' of Class," in Class and the Making of American Literature, ed. Andrew Lawson (New York: Routledge, 2014), 147-161.

"Introduction: Fictions of Finance," Journal of Cultural Economy 6.1 (2013): 2-12. DOI: 10.1080/17530350.2012.745444

"Reading the Ticker Tape in the Late Ninetheenth-Century American Market," Journal of Cultural Economy 6.1 (2013): 45-62. DOI: 10.1080/17530350.2012.745439