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 foundation course for all English majors, examining traditions and innovations in literature and in the study of literature in English. Students develop writing and research skills in the discipline and improve their knowledge of literary terms and forms, literary history and conventions, literary influence, and new and emerging forms and approaches. Genres studied include poetry, drama, fiction, and literary (creative) non-fiction. The course also examines key issues in the profession of literary studies, such as the development of departments of literature, canon formation, and the relationship of literary theory to literary practice.

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).

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

Research

Research Activities

  • President, Charles Brockden Brown Society advisory board

Research

Research Interests

  • U.S. Literature to 1865
  • Early U.S. and transatlantic romanticism
  • Sentimental and domestic fiction, 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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