Sinking Eden: Cooper's The Crater, Allegory, and Terraqueous America

Melissa Gniadek

University of Toronto

Melissa Gniadek is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Toronto, where she teaches early and nineteenth-century American literature and culture. Her current projects involve temporalities of settlement in U.S. contexts and the Pacific “at home” in nineteenth-century America. Her work has appeared in the journals American Literature (receiving honorable mention for the Norman Foerster Prize for the best essay published in that journal in 2014), Early American Literature (receiving the Richard Beale Davis Prize for the best essay published in the journal in 2015), New Global Studies, J19, and Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers.


Recent attention to terraqueous geographies in American literature and culture, ranging from Monique Allewaert’s discussion of the “Swamp Sublime” in Ariel’s Ecology (2013) to the Archipelagic American... [ view full abstract ]


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P09 » *Dark Eden* Revisited: Literatures and Cultures of America's Wetlands (10:15 - Thursday, 22nd March, Enchantment B)

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