"The Coral Insect Lives"

Michele Currie Navakas

Miami University of Ohio

Michele Currie Navakas is Assistant Professor of English and Affiliate of American Studies at Miami University of Ohio. She is the author of Liquid Landscape: Geography and Settlement at the Edge of Early America (University of Pennsylvania, 2017) and currently holds an NEH Fellowship for her book in progress, Coral in Early American Literature, Science, and Culture.


In a broad range of widely circulating newspapers, magazines, novels, anthologies, and song-books, antebellum Americans imagined the lives and labors of coral insects. This paper argues that popular coral insect poetry, song,... [ view full abstract ]


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P30 » Forms of Life (08:30 - Friday, 23rd March, Fiesta III-IV)

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