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Research

My first book, History, Abolition, and the Ever-Present Now in Antebellum American Writing examines the meaning and possibilities of the present and its relationship to history and historicity in a number of literary texts; specifically, the writings of several figures in antebellum US literary history—some, but not all of whom, associated with the period's romantic movement. Focusing on nineteenth-century writers who were impatient for social change, like those advocating for the immediate emancipation of the enslaved, as opposed to those planning for a gradual end to slavery, the book recovers some of the political force of romanticism. 

Books

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, Editor and Critical Introduction

Norton Library Edition, forthcoming, 2022

History, Abolition, and the Ever-Present Now
in Antebellum American Writing

Academic Articles
Edited Journal Issues

"Abolition's Afterlives"

Co-Editor with John Levi Barnard, Jessica Hurley, and Stephanie Foote, joint special issues of American Literature and Resilience, a Journal of the Environmental Humanities, forthcoming Fall 2021

"The Infrastructure of Emergency" 

The New Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. Michael Jonik, forthcoming

"Emerson's Times"

"Emerson, Energy, Infrastructure"

The Oxford Handbook of Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. Christopher Hanlon, forthcoming

“Melville, Energy, and the Anthropocene" 

The Oxford Handbook on Herman Melville, eds. Jennifer Greiman and Michael Jonik, forthcoming

“Looking Out Upon the Boundless Sea of the Future; or, Anticipation”  

Visions of Glory: The Civil War in Word and Image Ed. Benjamin Fagan and Kathleen Diffley, U of Georgia Press, 2020

Work-in-progress

I am currently completing a book titled Untimely Infrastructure, which is an environmental history of the 2010 Enbridge Energy oil spill into the Kalamazoo River. I am also working on a second book project about extraction and anti-extraction in U.S. literature from the 19th century to the present.

Reviews

"Extraction"

The Cambridge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, eds. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and Stephanie Foote, forthcoming

“On Dismantling: A Report from Michigan,” 

Encyclopedia of Water: Science, Technology, and Society,” Ed. Patricia Maurice (Wiley, 2020), 2679-2710.

“The 2010 Marshall, Michigan Tar Sands Oil Spill”

“John Paul Jones: Queer and Wild” 

Time and Literature, Ed. Thomas Allen, (Cambridge UP, 2018), 180-92

"Historicism"

"Proespects for the Present"

American Literary History 26:4 (December 2014): 836-48

John Neal and Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, Ed. Edward Watts and David J. Carlson, Bucknell UP, 2012: 57-74

“Eye-Witness to History: The Anti-Narrative Aesthetic of
Neal’s Seventy-Six” 

The Limits of Literary Historicism, Ed. Allen Dunn and Tom Haddox, Knoxville, TN: U of Tennessee Press (Winter 2012): 104-23

“The Prehistory of Posthistoricism” 

“Passing Current: Electricity, Magnetism, and Historical Transmission in The Linwoods

“The Logic of Left Alone: The Pioneers and the Conditions of American Privacy” 

“Diedrich Knickerbocker, Regular Bred Historian” 

“All of us are Ahabs: Moby-Dick and Contemporary Public Discourse"

American Literary History 16:2 (Summer 2004): 179-207

“Anachronistic Imaginings: Hope Leslie’s Challenge to Historicism” 

Pedagogy 3:3 (Fall 2003): 341-58

“Generational Canons”

Literature, Interpretation, Theory 12 (2001): 427-47

“Literary Popularity: Beloved and Popular Culture”