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Michael T. Gilmore

The War on Words (2010) Gilmore


Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Harvard University

Research Interests

18th- & 19th-Century American Literature, American History and Political Thought, 20th-Century American Fiction, American Cinema, American Puritanism

Selected Publications

The War on Words:  Slavery, Race, and Free Speech in American Literature
University of Chicago Press, 2010

Surface & Depth: The Quest for Legibility in American Culture
Oxford University Press, 2003.
Differences in the Dark, American Movies and English Theater
New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.

"Letters of the Early Republic" in The Cambridge History of American Literature
Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Rethinking Class: Literary Studies and Social Formations.
New York: Columbia University Press, 1994. Co-edited with Wai Chee Dimock.
American Romanticism and the Marketplace.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985.

Early American Literature: A Collection of Critical Essays.
Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 1980.
The Middle Way: Puritanism and Ideology in American Romantic Fiction.
New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1977.
Articles and reviews in ELH, American Literature, Early American Literature, New England Quarterly, Studies in the Novel, The Nation, and other periodicals 

Selected Courses

American Literature from 1832 to 1900 (ENG 6a)
Race and Realism (ENG 136a)
Surface & Depth: Explorations in American Legibility ENG 206b)
Literature, Culture, and Society: American Novels from the Revolution to the 20th Century (ENG 266a)
American Fins de Siecles (ENG 208a)