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Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies
General Editor: Sarah Way Sherman, Dept of English, University of New Hampshire

Set primarily but not exclusively in the nineteenth century, this series shifts attention from modernity’s twentieth-century forms to its earlier moments of uncertain and often disputed construction. Seeking books of interest to scholars on both sides of the Atlantic, it thereby encourages the expansion of nineteenth-century studies and the exploration of more global patterns of development.

After Franklin
The Emergence of Autobiography in Post-Revolutionary America, 1780–1830
An analysis of the foundations of autobiography in America
Arch, Stephen Carl

Captains of Charity
The Writing and Wages of Postrevolutionary Atlantic Benevolence
Examines writings that supported benevolent societies in Atlantic seaports during an era of nascent capitalism
Eyring, Mary Kathleen

Charles Eliot Norton
The Art of Reform in Nineteenth-Century America
An impassioned reassessment of a major nineteenth-century public intellectual
Dowling, Linda

Convict Voices
Women, Class, and Writing about Prison in Nineteenth-Century England
Sensitive interdisciplinary reading of texts concerning female prison experience in nineteenth-century England; fascinating study of the voices of nineteenth-century female offenders
Schwan, Anne

The Cultured Canvas
New Perspectives on American Landscape Painting
A state-of-the-field collection opening new vistas in the study of nineteenth-century American landscapes
Siegel, Nancy, ed.

Fever Reading
Affect and Reading Badly in the Early American Public Sphere
An intricate account of how the early U.S. public sphere was shaped by debates over “good” and “bad” forms of reading, including pornographic reading, scandal reading, and religious reading
Millner, Michael

From Gift to Commodity
Capitalism and Sacrifice in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction
Fascinating analysis of the significance of the gift, and its increasingly complicated role in an emerging capitalist order, in nineteenth-century American fiction
Hoeller, Hildegard

Herman Melville
Modernity and the Material Text
A provocative reassessment of how Melville’s key works engaged with transformative aspects of book manufacture and distribution in the nineteenth century
McGettigan, Katie

Meat, Modernity, and the Rise of the Slaughterhouse

An interdisciplinary look at the rise of the slaughterhouse in nineteenth-century Europe and the Americas
Lee, Paula Young, ed.

Napoleonic Friendship
Military Fraternity, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century France
The first book-length study of the origin of queer soldiers in modern France
Martin, Brian Joseph

Oliver Wendell Holmes in Paris
Medicine, Theology, and The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
An innovative study that links the themes of Holmes’s best-known literary works to his medical training in nineteenth-century Paris.
Dowling, William C.

The Parvenu’s Plot
Gender, Culture, and Class in the Age of Realism
Fascinating assessment of the female parvenu in turn-of-the-twentieth-century literature and culture
Foote, Stephanie

The Politics of Love
Queer Heterosexuality in Nineteenth-Century French Literature
Convincingly shows how heterosexual couples as depicted in nineteenth-century French literature challenged traditional norms of both gender and sexuality
Foerster, Maxime

Questionable Charity
Gender, Humanitarianism, and Complicity in U.S. Literary Realism
A fascinating reevaluation of U.S. literary realism during the Gilded Age.
Morgan, William M.

Recovering the New
Transatlantic Roots of Modernism
An innovative look at the process and development of nineteenth-century modernism.
Cutler, Edward S.

Remodeling the Nation
The Architecture of American Identity, 1776-1858
A rich analysis of how post Revolutionary Americans conceptualized the early Republic through metaphors of home building
Faherty, Duncan

The Romantic Poetess
European Culture, Politics, and Gender, 1820-1840
An elegant and provocative study of the literary and political effects of the work of romantic poetesses in England, France, and Russia.
Vincent, Patrick

Sacramental Shopping
Louisa May Alcott, Edith Wharton, and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism
Illuminates modern consumer culture and its challenges to American identity and values in two classic novels
Sherman, Sarah Way

Schoolroom Poets
Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry, 1865-1917

A fresh and provocative approach to the popular "schoolroom poets" and the reading public who learned them by heart.
Sorby, Angela

Slavery and Sentiment
The Politics of Feeling in Black Atlantic Antislavery Writing, 1770-1850
Illuminates the political dimensions of American and British antislavery texts written by blacks
Levecq, Christine

Slavic Sins of the Flesh
Food, Sex, and Carnal Appetite in Nineteenth-Century Russian Fiction
A pathbreaking “gastrocritical” approach to the poetics of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and their contemporaries
LeBlanc, Ronald D.

Thinking America
New England Intellectuals and the Varieties of American Identity
A penetrating literary and philosophical examination of major figures in the development of American intellectual culture, from Emerson to Santayana
Taylor, Andrew

Transatlantic Conversations
Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Encounters with Italy and the Atlantic World
How American women authors interacted as writers, activists, and reformers in Europe and the Caribbean during the nineteenth century
Lueck, Beth L., Sirpa Salenius, and Nancy Lusignan Schultz, editors

Transatlantic Women
Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and Great Britain
Highlights the social and textual complexity of the transatlantic world for American women writers
Lueck, Beth L., Brigitte Bailey, and Lucinda L. Damon-Bach, eds.

Trolley Wars
Streetcar Workers on the Line
A groundbreaking study of public transportation in the Gilded Age and its place in the emerging American city
Molloy, Scott

Women's Views
The Narrative Stereograph in Nineteenth-Century America
Lavishly illustrated study of historical narrative stereography and the story it tells about women and gender roles
Davis, Melody

Wordsworth and the Green Romantics
Affect and Ecology in the Nineteenth Century
Ecocritical approaches to affect in the works of Wordsworth and other Romantic writers
Ottum, Lisa and Seth T. Reno, editors