Nicholas Gaskill
Assistant Professor of English
(848) 932-7679


Nineteenth Century American, Theory, Twentieth Century & Contemporary

Nineteenth and early-twentieth century American literature; pragmatism and radical empiricism; aesthetics; visual culture

Professor Gaskill studies nineteenth and early-twentieth century American literature, culture, and philosophy.  He is currently at work on two projects.  The first, Vibrant Environments: The Feel of Color from the White Whale to the Red Wheelbarrow, situates the color terms and images of modern U.S. writers within the sweeping changes to the visual landscape wrought by synthetic dyes and vivid color media.  It argues that turn-of-the-century authors treated color as a site both for investigating the sensory and affective impact of cultural environments and, through these investigations, for reconstructing the notions of reading and experience that inform literary practice.  Professor Gaskill is also co-editing, along with Adam Nocek, an interdisciplinary collection of essays on the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead.  The volume, titled The Lure of Whitehead, is under contract with the University of Minnesota Press.  Each of these projects extends his abiding interest in the ideas and historical contexts of American pragmatism. 

Office / Office Hours

Murray Hall, Room 050, College Ave Campus


  • “What Difference Can Pragmatism Make for Literary Study?” 
    (essay-review) American Literary History 24 (2012)
  • “Red Cars with Red Lights and Red Drivers: Color, Crane, and Qualia,” 
    American Literature 81 (2009)
  • “Experience and Signs: Towards a Pragmatist Literary Criticism,”
    New Literary History­ 39 (2008)

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Literary Study: Fiction

Awards and Affiliations

  • Short-term Fellowship at the Huntington Library (Summer 2013)
  • Norman Foerster Prize for the best essay published in American Literature in 2009
  • Member, Modern Language Association
  • Member, C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Centruy Americanists


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Birmingham-Southern College