Melville's Maids and the Violence of the Gulf Stream

Andrew Kopec

Purdue U, Fort Wayne

Andrew Kopec is assistant professor of English at Purdue University Fort Wayne. His research on the intersections of literary and economic cultures has appeared (or is forthcoming) in PMLA, ELH: English Literary History, Early American Literature, ESQ, as well as other journals and edited volumes. He is completing a book manuscript, “Pacing Panic: American Romanticism and the Business Cycle,” which challenges the thesis of American Romanticism’s optimism by demonstrating how the era's imaginative writing theorized—and profited from—economic turbulence. For C19 2016, he organized a roundtable on “Unsettling Historicism,” which was favorably reviewed in ESQ’s “Year in Conferences.”


This session explores five different approaches to "climate" as they inform intersecting subfields across Americanist scholarship. These presentations will be both informative and provocative. Our five panelists represent... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Andrew Kopec (Purdue U, Fort Wayne)

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P60 » Negotiating Climates (08:30 - Saturday, 24th March, Fiesta I-II)

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