Laurel Hankins

Associate Professor

English & Communication

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Liberal Arts 337


Education

Tufts UniversityPhD
Tufts UniversityMA
Bryn Mawr CollegeBA

Teaching

  • American Literature to 1865
  • Literary Theory

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

A study of selected readings dealing with a special topic chosen by the instructor. Recent special topics include New England Literature, Children's Literature, the Artist in Literature, Black Music, and Black Literature. May be repeated with change of content. Cross-listed as BLS 200; LST 200.

A study of selected readings dealing with a special topic chosen by the instructor. Recent special topics include New England Literature, Children's Literature, the Artist in Literature, Black Music, and Black Literature. May be repeated with change of content. Cross-listed as BLS 200; LST 200.

A survey of American writing from the Colonial Period to the Civil War, with emphasis on the historical, cultural, and philosophical developments which parallel the development of an American literature.

Survey of African American Literature from colonial times to the turn of the twentieth century. Course surveys genres of poetry, slave narrative, fiction, essay, and drama with attention to the social, political, and cultural histories of African Americans from slavery to freedom to Reconstruction. This course may also include sections on oral narratives (oral slave narratives, speeches, folktales, and sermons) and music (such as sorrow songs and spirituals).

Introduction to key primary documents in the history of literary theory, from Plato and Aristotle through contemporary critical theory.

The particular topic of each seminar is announced immediately before each registration period.

Research

Research Activities

  • Member, Charles Brockden Brown Society advisory board

Research

Research Interests

  • Literature of the early national period
  • Early U.S. and transatlantic Romanticism
  • Sentimental and domestic literature, especially the novel

Select publications

Laurel V. Hankins (2012).
What the Folk Printed: Verse Culture and the Black Press in 1865 New Orleans
African American Review, 45.4, 527-540.

Laurel V. Hankins (2014).
The Voice of Nature: Hope Leslie and Early American Romanticism
Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, 31.2, 160-182.

Laurel V. Hankins (2017).
The Art of Retreat: Salmagundi's Elbow-Chair Domesticity
Nineteenth-Century Literature, 71.4, 431-456.

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