Director, Graduate Studies
Nancy Glazener is a Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies. She also teaches in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. Her scholarship and teaching focus on US literature from the 18th-century to the present and on contemporary fiction that circulates globally. She is the author of two books: Reading for Realism: The History of a U. S. Literary Institution, 1850-1910 (1997, Duke UP) and Literature in the Making: A History of U. S. Literary Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century (2016, Oxford UP).
Glazener is currently at work on a study of detective fiction as a way of knowing the world that has been adapted across cultures and applied in retrospect to previous eras. Her other research and teaching interests include the institutional history of literary studies, ethics, print culture, gender and sexuality studies, class politics, reception theory, and the history of personhood.
Research and Publications
"The Browning Society in U.S. Public Literary Culture,” Modern Language Quarterly 75 (June 2014) 2: 171-1919. The essay appears in a special issue “Lessons from the Past: The History of Academic English,” ed. Leigh Dale, Jennifer McDonell, and Marshall Brown.
“Women in Literary Culture during the Long Nineteenth Century,” The Cambridge History of American Women’s Writing, ed. Dale Bauer (Cambridge UP, 2012), 139-164.
“The Novel in Postbellum Print Culture,” The Cambridge History of the American Novel, ed. Leonard Cassuto, Clare Eby, and Benjamin Reiss (Cambridge UP, 2011).
“Women in Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture,” The Cambridge History of American Women’s Writing, ed. Dale Bauer (forthcoming from Cambridge UP).
“The Novel in Postbellum Print Culture,” The Cambridge History of the American Novel, ed. Leonard Cassuto, Clare Eby, and Benjamin Reiss (Cambridge UP, 2012).
“Benjamin Franklin and the Limits of Secular Civil Society,” American Literature 80 (June 2008) 2: 203-232. This essay won the Norman Foerster Prize sponsored by the American Literature section of the MLA in 2008.
“Print Culture as an Archive of Dissent: Or, Delia Bacon and the Case of the Missing Hamlet,” American Literary History 19 (Summer 2007) 2: 329-349.
“The Practice and Promotion of American Literary Realism,” A Companion to American Fiction, 1865-1914, ed. Robert Paul Lamb and G. R. Thompson (Blackwell, 2005) 15-34.
“The Novel, The Social, and The Event: An International Ethical Encounter,” Textual Ethos Studies, Or Locating Ethics, ed. Anna Fähraeus and AnnKatrin Jonsson (Rodopi, 2005) 35-52.
Recent Graduate Courses
“Affect Studies, Gender, and Sexuality” (for the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program)
“Affect Studies and U.S. Culture”
“Theories of Gender and Sexuality” (for the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program)
“Affect Studies and U.S. Culture”
“History of Criticism”
“The Novel: Texts and Theory”
“Ethics and Literature”
“The Enlightenment and U. S. Literature”
Recent Undergraduate Courses
Senior Seminar, “Feeling Literary: Readerly Emotions, Literary Genres, and Literary Value”
“American Literature to 1860”
“Emergence of Modern America”
“Introduction to Critical Reading”
“Literature and the Contemporary”
Junior Seminar, “History and Representation”
Service and Other Duties
Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Steering Committee