Foundational Geographies of Settler Colonialism in the Early American Novel: From Charles Brockden Brown to Nathaniel Hawthorne

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon

Northeastern University

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon is Professor and Chair of English at Northeastern University, and author most recently of New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World 1649-1849 (Duke 2014), which won the Barnard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History from the American Society for Theatre Research and The Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere (Stanford University Press, 2004), which won the Heyman Prize for Outstanding Publication in the Humanities at Yale University. She is co-editor with Michael Drexler of The Haitian Revolution and the Early U.S.: Histories, Geographies, Textualities.


According to Henry James, Dillon writes, “it takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature,” a history that he and others have seen as largely lacking in the “young” United States. Dillon argues for a... [ view full abstract ]


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P19 » Ecologies Under Erasure: Indigeneity and the Early American Novel (14:00 - Thursday, 22nd March, Enchantment E)

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