Posthumous: The American 'Spirit Novel'

Hannah Walser

Harvard University

Hannah Walser is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. Her two current projects — one exploring representations of social cognition in nineteenth-century American fiction, the other sketching a cultural history of the homunculus as a metaphor for mental faculties — reflect a broad interdisciplinary interest in the history of cognition. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative, NOVEL, and the pamphlets of the Stanford Literary Lab.


Hannah Walser’s paper showcases wills of unexpected and uncanny strength. In 1873, an American printer named Thomas James published a continuation of Charles Dickens’s unfinished The Mystery of Edwin Drood: authored by the... [ view full abstract ]


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P10 » Climates of the Will (10:15 - Thursday, 22nd March, Enchantment E)

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