Jennifer Greiman

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

18th- and 19th-century American literature, political theory.

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Jennifer Greiman received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. in English and French language and literature from the University of Virginia. Her areas of research and teaching include antebellum American and transatlantic literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. She is the author of Democracy's Spectacle: Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing (Fordham 2010) and co-editor with Paul Stasi of The Last Western: Deadwood and the End of American Empire (Bloomsbury 2013).  Her essays have appeared in The Arizona Quarterly, J19, and The New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville, and she was the recipient of the 2014 Hennig Cohen Prize from the Melville Society. She is currently at work on a book about Herman Melville, aesthetics and democracy. 

Select Publications

"Melville in the Dark Days of Democracy," forthcoming in Leviathan (2016).

"Democracy and Melville's Aesthetics," The New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville, ed. Robert Levine (Cambridge 2013) 

"'Circles upon Circles': Tautology, Form, and the Shape of Democracy in Tocqueville and Melville," J19 1.1 (April, 2013).

"Theatricality, Strangeness and the Aesthetics of Plurality in The Confidence-Man," Melville and Aesthetics, ed. Samuel Otter and Geoffrey Sanborn (Palgrave 2011).

Democracy's Spectacle: Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing (Fordham 2010) 

Recent Graduate Seminars

"Melville's Reading, Melville's Readers," Fall 2014
"Antebellum American Literature," Fall 2013
"Textual Studies II: Citizens, Sovereigns, Slaves," Fall 2012
"Textual Studies I," Fall 2011
"Archives of Transatlantic Revolution & Empire," Fall 2008 

Recent Undergraduate Seminars

"American Literary Traditions: Tales of New York," Spring 2014; "American Literature before 1800," Spring 2012; "Literature and Community in 19th-century American Literature," Spring 2012; "19th-century American Literature," Spring 2011; "Global Fictions: The Novel in Colonial, Imperial & Settler Societies," Spring 2011; "Studies in an Author: Herman Melville," Spring 2010