Smelling Thoreau

Ben Bascom

Ball State University

Ben Bascom is an Assistant Professor of English at Ball State University, where he teaches early and nineteenth-century American literature and culture. His research combines queer studies approaches with material text methodologies to reimagine the relation between archive and canon, republican norms and social outsiders, and masculinity and publicity in the early national U.S. His scholarship has appeared in Early American Literature and is forthcoming in Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life.


We approach “climate” in its broadest sense, encompassing atmosphere, mood, and opinion to conceptualize the space and proximity between bodies and texts, readers and representations, and experiences and witnesses. For us,... [ view full abstract ]


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P25 » Queer Climates (15:45 - Thursday, 22nd March, Enchantment F)

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