Crèvecoeur's "Curious Book": Natural History, Loss, and Decay in the Early Republic

Reed Gochberg

Harvard University

Reed Gochberg is a Lecturer in the History and Literature program at Harvard University. Her book project explores the intersections between the creation of scientific museum collections and American literature during the nineteenth century. She received her PhD in English from Boston University in 2016, and her work has been supported by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College and research fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society, American Philosophical Society, and Huntington Library. An article from her book project recently appeared in J19: The Journal of Nineteenth Century Americanists.


In “Crèvecoeur’s “Curious Book”: Natural History, Loss, and Decay in the Early Republic,” Reed Gochberg shows how J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer invokes practices of botanical... [ view full abstract ]


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P68 » Forms of Natural History (10:15 - Saturday, 24th March, Enchantment A)

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