The Cliff Dwellers: Affect, Modernism, and Climate Change in Gilded Age Colorado

Michael Collins

University of Kent

My research has a number of distinct but interlinked strands. First, I write about antebellum American literature, particularly in relation to questions of how print and performance culture interact in this era. My first monograph, entitled The Drama of the American Short Story, 1800 – 1865, came out in October 2016 with University of Michigan Press.My second area planned monograph is entitled After Haymarket: Class and Culture in the Gilded Age. I have recently been awarded an AHRC Early Career Grant with Dr. Sara Lyons for a project entitled "Literary Culture, Meritocracy and the Assessment of Intelligence, 1880 -1920".


In the 1870s the US Geological Survey was charged with mapping newly acquired native land in Colorado. This process led to the discovery of the Mesa Verde settlements, a series of villages carved directly into the cliff face... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Michael Collins (University of Kent)

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