"The Interest of Fiction and the Authority of Truth": Samuel Griswold Goodrich's Little Library

Jacob Crane

Bentley University

Jacob Crane is an assistant professor of English and Media Studies at Bentley University in Waltham, MA. He earned his Ph.D. in English from Tufts University in 2014. His research focuses primarily on how the United States’ conflicts with North Africa in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries influenced representations of Muslim and Jewish identity in early American literature. His work has appeared in the journals Postcolonial Text, Atlantic Studies, and Early American Literature, and he has articles forthcoming in the African American Review and the Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel.


By way of engaging with the conference’s theme of “Climate,” my talk will focus on Samuel Griswold Goodrich’s series of children’s travel narratives, the Little Library, published in the 1830s and ‘40s. The... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Jacob Crane (Bentley University)

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Childhood Teleologies: Climates of Growth


S7a » Seminar 7.a: Childhood Teleologies: Climates of Growth I (15:45 - Friday, 23rd March, Boardroom East)

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