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Sommers, Samantha

American and African American Literature to 1900

Kaplan 149
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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.

Interest Areas
• African American Literature & Culture / Black Diaspora Studies
• American Literature & Culture