Cultural Studies Adjunct: Jonathan Elmer

My research attempts to demonstrate that literature is good to think with, that the figurative imagination provides uniquely supple and condensed treatments of a host of historical, psychological, political, and conceptual problems. I am an antebellum Americanist by training—my first book was on Edgar Allan Poe and mass culture in America —but my research and teaching over the past decade has increasingly focused on colonial and early national eras, and on writers of the anglophone Atlantic world from Aphra Behn to Thomas Jefferson to Herman Melville.

My book On Lingering and Being Last: Fictions of Race and Sovereignty in the New World will be published in 2008.

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