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689. Celebrating Oxford History of the Novel in English, Volume 5: Nation Building and Early American Novels

Sunday, 12 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Belmont, Chicago Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Michael Von Cannon, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge

Speakers: Lara Langer Cohen, Swarthmore Coll.; Betsy Erkkilä, Northwestern Univ.; J. Gerald Kennedy, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge; Joseph J. Letter, Univ. of Tampa; Leonard Tennenhouse, Duke Univ.

Session Description:

Our roundtable addresses the American novel’s volatile beginnings, nineteenth-century print culture, and nation building. We will engage with a profoundly vulnerable period—where national character was forged in contrast to the “other” and where the age of reprinting raised questions about fostering a resilient nation.


  • Genre, Theory, Method – Literary History

  • American Literature – Before 1900

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