Justine Summerhayes Murison

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Research Interests

Nineteenth-Century American Literature; Early American Literature; Medicine and Literature; Secular Studies; Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World; History of the Novel


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2006
M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2000
B.A., American University, 1997


American Affects (547)
Secularisms and Early US Fiction (547)
Slavery and Identity in Nineteenth-Century America (397)
The American Novel to 1914 (250)
Survey of American Literature 1 (255)
Madness in Antebellum America (475)
American Literature, 1820-1865 (449)
Major Authors: Edgar Allan Poe (455)
Nineteenth-Century American Gothic (300)
Literature and Culture of the American Civil War (461)

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Research Output

The Politics of Anxiety in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Murison, J. S., May 2011, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 228 p. (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Paranoid Reading, Surface Pleasures, and Deadpan Humor in The Confidence-Man

    Murison, J. S., Mar 21 2019, The New Melville Studies. Marrs, C. (ed.). Cambridge University Press, p. 13-26 (Twenty-First-Century Critical Revisions).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    "Nudity and other sensitive states": Counterprivacy in Herman Melville’s Fiction

    Murison, J. S., Dec 1 2017, In : American Literature. 89, 4, p. 697-726 30 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Obeah and its others: Buffered selves in the era of tropical medicine

    Murison, J. S., Apr 3 2015, In : Atlantic Studies : Global Currents. 12, 2, p. 144-159 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Feeling out of Place: Affective History, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the Civil War

    Murison, J. S., Dec 1 2013, In : ESQ - Journal of the American Renaissance. 59, 4, p. 519-551 33 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


    • 8 Invited talk
    • 2 Oral presentation
    • 1 Editorial activity