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Myra Jehlen
Position: Board of Governors Professor Emerita of English
At Rutgers Since: 1985
Retired Since: 2014
Email Address: myrajehlen@gmail.com
Bio: Professor Jehlen is the author of Readings at the Edge of Literature (2002), Class and Character in Faulkner's South (1976), American Incarnation: The Individual, the Nation, and the Continent (1989), and "The Literature of Colonization" in Volume I of The Cambridge History of American Literature: Volume 1, 1590-1820 (ed. Sacvan Bercovitch, 1994). She has also co-edited a number of volumes, including The English Literatures of America, 1500-1800 (1996), with Michael Warner. Her essays deal with American writing, comparative literature, and theoretical issues in literary interpretation and history.
Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley BA, The City University of New York
Areas of Specialization: Literature and Intellectual History; Nineteenth Century American Literature
Undergraduate Courses Taught: Principles of Literary Study American Literature Science Fiction
Graduate Courses Taught: American-British Transatlantic Relations Comparative Novel Cooper, Hawthorne, James: Style in Fiction Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century American Literature Henry James and William Dean Howells: Two Aesthetics of American Realism

Other Publications

  • “Félicité and the Holy Parrot”
    Raritan
    , Spring 2007
  • “Melville’s Concept of Class”
    Oxford Companion to Melville (2005)
  • “Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans”
    Il romanzo
    (2002)
  • “The Seditious Aesthetic of Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables” 6.1, 2002
  • “F.P.”
    Raritan
    , Spring 2002
  • “Guggenheim in Bilbao”
    Raritan
    , Spring 1999
  • "Faulkner and the Unnatural: The Hamlet
    Faulkner and the Natural World: Faulkner and Yoknaptawpha
    (1999)
  • "An Empire of One's Own: Virginia Woolf's The Voyage Out"
    La tipographia nel salotto: sagi su Virginia Woolf
    (1999)
  • “Multitudes and Multicultures”
    After Consensus: Critical Change and Social Change in America
    (1998)
  • "History Beside the Fact: What We Learn from A True and Exact History of Barbadoes”
    The Politics of Research
    (1997)
  • "Banned in Concord: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Classic American Literature"
    The Cambridge Companion to Mark Twain
    (1995)
  • "History before the Fact; or, Captain John Smith's Unfinished Symphony"
    Critical Inquiry, Summer 1993
  • “The Ties that Bind: Race and Sex in Mark Twain's Pudd’nhead Wilson
    Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson: Race, Conflict, and Culture
    (1990)

Awards and Distinctions

  • “F.P.” Raritan, Spring 2002; reprinted, Best Essays of 2002; Pushcart Essay, 2002.
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1961-1962, Dissertation Fellow 1964-1965;
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellow; 1974-1975;
  • National Humanities Center Fellow, 1985-1986; Guggenheim,1990-1991 (declined ACLS Fellowship to accept Guggenheim)

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