Heathen Tragedy

Susan Ryan

University of Louisville

Susan Ryan is Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she teaches nineteenth-century American literature and culture. She is the author of The Grammar of Good Intentions: Race and the Antebellum Culture of Benevolence (Cornell UP, 2003) and The Moral Economies of American Authorship: Reputation, Scandal, and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Marketplace (Oxford UP, 2016). Her current project addresses the myriad and contradictory ways in which ideas about India figured into nineteenth-century American print culture.


Like Reed, Susan Ryan chronicles cross-cultural and trans-national challenges to a restrictive tragic aesthetic, focusing in particular on the notion of “Heathen Tragedy” in U.S. print culture’s persistent and complex... [ view full abstract ]


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