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Graham Thompson

Professor of American Literature, Faculty of Arts

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Teaching Summary

During 2019-20 I'm teaching a first-year course on contemporary American culture, a second-year course on business in American culture, and a new final-year course on the American short story.

I'm currently supervising PhDs on American women's prison zines; digital American literature; nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Californian fiction; and schoolhouse gothic fiction. 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, the short fiction of Richard Ford, and Donna Tartt.

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

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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

Nineteenth-century print production and distribution.

American magazines in the nineteenth century.

History of the nineteenth-century short story.

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