The Tragic Era Reconsidered

Erica Stevens

Penn State University

Erica Stevens is Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Penn State University. She recently defended her dissertation, Social Lives: Nineteenth-Century New Orleans in Literature, which advances a new paradigm for studying sociality’s imaginary and historical dimensions. An article-version of one its chapters on Charles Chesnutt’s Paul Marchand, F.M.C. is forthcoming. Her work on John Rollin Ridge’s The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta appears in the journal ESQ. She will also present her recent work on Lafcadio Hearn, creolization, and hurricanes at MLA 2018.


In the early twentieth century, tragedy was a concept readily embraced by the former Confederacy and transported to the description of African American losses with the failure of Reconstruction (think William Archibald Dunning... [ view full abstract ]


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P91 » "Tragedy from Below": Tragic Climates in C19 (09:00 - Sunday, 25th March, Fiesta III-IV)

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