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Graham Thompson

Associate Professor of American Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Teaching Summary

During 2017-18 I'm teaching a first-year module on nineteenth and early twentieth-century American literature and culture and a final-year module on business in American culture. I'll also be… read more

Research Summary

My main area of research is nineteenth-century American literature and print culture. My latest book is Herman Melville: Among the Magazines. It focuses on the writing Melville published in Putnam's… read more

Selected Publications

  • GRAHAM THOMPSON, 2018. Realism and the Profession of Authorship. In: KEITH NEWLIN, ed., The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Realism (In Press.)
  • GRAHAM THOMPSON, 2018. The Seriality Dividend of American Magazines American Periodicals: A Journal of History & Criticism. 28(1), (In Press.)
  • GRAHAM THOMPSON, 2017. Herman Melville: Among the Magazines Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. (In Press.)
  • GRAHAM THOMPSON, 2016. From Mind to Hand: Paper, Pens and the Materiality of Letter Writing. In: BERNIER, CELESTE-MARIE, JUDIE NEWMAN and MATTHEW PETHERS, eds., The Edinburgh Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Letters and Letter-Writing Edinburgh University Press.

During 2017-18 I'm teaching a first-year module on nineteenth and early twentieth-century American literature and culture and a final-year module on business in American culture. I'll also be co-teaching a module on North American film & television and contributing to a School-wide module, English Literature in European and American Contexts.

I've supervised over a dozen PhDs to completion on topics including racial liminality in nineteenth-century American literature; John Cheever's magazine fiction; post-apocalyptic fiction; the segregated town in white Southern fiction; Ralph Waldo Emerson; the "quiet" novel in contemporary American literature; Cormac McCarthy; post-suburban American literature; the nineteenth-century American short story; transnationalism in the work of Toni Morrison and Dionne Brand; and contemporary New York and Shanghai fiction. I have also supervised several MRes theses on subjects ranging from the sea fiction of James Fenimore Cooper to Rolling Stone magazine and the short fiction of Richard Ford.

Current Research

My main area of research is nineteenth-century American literature and print culture. My latest book is Herman Melville: Among the Magazines. It focuses on the writing Melville published in Putnam's and Harper's magazines and is the first book to ask what it means to think about this work as magazine writing rather than short fiction. The book presses Melville back into the magazine publishing world of the 1850s and draws on print culture history, biography, and literary criticism to examine Melville's relationships with forgotten materials, editors, writers, and literary traditions.

Future Research

American magazines in the nineteenth century.

History of the nineteenth-century short story.

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