American and African American Literature to 1900
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- B.A., Wesleyan University, 2009
- M.A., UCLA, 2014
- C.Phil., UCLA, 2015
History of the Book; Print Culture; Manuscript Culture; History of Reading; U.S. Abolitionist Press
Sommers, Samantha M. 2015. “Harriet Jacobs and the Recirculation of Print Culture.” MELUS 40.3 (Fall): 134–149.
Sommers, Samantha M., et al. 2015. “The Year in Conferences—2014” ESQ: Journal of the American Renaissance 60.1 (Spring): 114-211.
“Reading in Books: Theories of Reading from Nineteenth-Century American Fiction”
Reading is an activity that trains us in the procedures of world-making. Through their depiction and remediation of texts, scenes of reading from nineteenth-century American fiction ask readers to continually evaluate the relationship between representation and reality. This process, in turn, teaches us to do this work in the world.