American Literature and Culture from the Early Republic to Modernism; Circulation and Reception; Cultural Geography; Genre; Digital Humanities
Alex Leslie is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Rutgers University. His research focuses on print circulation and cultural geography in the long nineteenth century. His dissertation “Reading Regionally: Cultural Geography and American Literature, 1865-1915” argues that region was not simply a framework for representing cultural difference but a structuring principle of the postbellum cultural field; the project explores how literary texts were read differently in different regions of the country in spite of the emergence of a nationally-integrated field of circulation and how this fact shaped editorial policy and authorial production. Alex is currently the Rutgers Libraries Digital Humanities Graduate Specialist (workshops from which can be found here), and his work has been supported by the American Antiquarian Society and the Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis. His article "Regional Nationalism and the Ends of the Literary World" is forthcoming in J19: the Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists.