Meredith L. McGill
Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Program
Graduate Office
(848) 932-7684


Nineteenth Century American, Poetry & Poetics, Theory

Nineteenth-Century American Literature; Poetry and Poetics; History of the Book, Literature and New Media; Law and Literature

Meredith L McGill is an Associate Professor of English. She is the author of American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1837-1853 (2003) a study of nineteenth-century American resistance to tight control over intellectual property. She has edited two collections of essays: Taking Liberties with the Author (2013), which explores the persistence of the author as a shaping force in literary criticism, and The Traffic in Poems: Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Transatlantic Exchange (2008), in which a variety of scholars model ways of understanding nineteenth-century poetry within a transatlantic frame. Her overview of the last thirty-five years of scholarship on book history and intellectual property can be found in Book History 16 (2013). She is currently completing a study of poetry and mass-culture in the antebellum U.S. Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century American literature, the history of the book in American culture, American poetry and poetics, law and literature, literary theory, and media history.

Steering Committee, Digital Humanities Initiative

Office / Office Hours

36 Union Street, Room 208, College Ave Campus


Courses Taught

  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • What is a Book?
  • Nineteenth-Century American Poetry
  • The Poetry of Slavery
  • Introduction to American Literature
  • Principles of Literary Study: Poetry
  • Blogging:  Prehistory, Theory, Practice
  • Literary History as Media History
  • Transcendentalism and Reform
  • American Women Writers to 1900
  • Topics in Literary Theory: Authorship

Awards and Affiliations

  • Class of 1932 Fellow, Council of the Humanities, Department of English, and the Center for Digital Humanities, Princeton University, Spring 2016
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society 2003-4
  • NEH/ Newberry Library Fellowship, 1995-6
  • Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 1995
  • Trustee, English Institute, 2015-2020
  • Executive Committee, Division on Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Modern Language Association, 2011-16
  • General Editor, ACLS e-book series, Selected Essays from the English Institute
  • Advisory Board, C19, 2008-


PhD, Johns Hopkins University
MA, (Cantab) Emmanuel College
BA, Williams College