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Trying a Little Less Tenderness: The Limits of Sentimental Maternalism in The Wide, Wide World and The Lamplighter." Studies in American Fiction 30 (Autumn, 2002): 131-52.



Review of The Driftless Zone by Richard Harsch, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, (Fall 1997): 240-41.



  • 2008-              Director, Carter G. Woodson Institute of African-American and African Studies
  • 2000-              Alice Griffin Professor of English
  • 9/91-2000       Professor, Department of English, University of Virginia
  • 9/87-9/91       Associate Professor of English
  • 1/89-5/89       Visiting Professor of English, Duke University
  • 12/84-5/87     Associate Professor, Department of English, Colby College. Tenured December, 1984


Chapters in Anthologies

  • “Looking for Lionel: Making Whiteness and Blackness in All In The Family and The Jeffersons” in African Americans on Television Race-ing for Ratings. Eds. David J. Leonard and Lisa A. Guerrero. Praeger: 2013, pages 45-68.


  • “I Want To Do Bad Things With You: HBO’s True Blood and Allegories of Miscegenation” Special issue of South Carolina Review, The Spectral South. Summer 2014.

Vander Meulen

Selected Articles

  • "ESTC as Foundational and Always Developing,” Age of Johnson 21 (2011).
  • "Parallel Printing and Running Titles [in Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius, 1610],” in Paul Needham, Galileo Makes a Book: The First Edition of Sidereus Nuncius Venice 1610.  Galileo’s O, ed. Horst Bredekamp, vol. 2 (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2011). With Paul Needham.
  • "Pattison’s Pope as an Index of Lives,” in Other People’s Books (2011).



  • “Reception,” The Oxford Handbook of English Prose, 1640-1714, ed. Henry Power and Nicholas McDowell (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018)
  • “The Meaning of Home,” The Cultural History of the Home, ed. Amanda Flather (London: Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming 2018)
  • “Allegorical Punctuation,” Proceedings of the Meeting of the International Association of University Professors of English (forthcoming 2017)


Works in Progress

  • Book manuscript, "The Transatlantic Great House:  On American, English, and Irish Great House Fiction"
  • “On Magical Books: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Bruno Schulz, and the Book-within-the Book in Contemporary Jewish Post-Holocaust Fiction”


  • Review of Bryan Cheyette, Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of HistoryCollege Literature 42.3 (Summer 2015): 528-531.


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  • "Hostel."  Blunderbuss.  Forthcoming.
  • “Fragments Are the Only Forms I Trust.”  Bridge Eight.  Forthcoming.
  • “Dead Cat Bounce.”  Posit.  Forthcoming.
  • “What Jack Says.”  Crack the Spine print anthology.  Forthcoming.  [reprint]
  • “Believe You Me.”  Wraparound South (Summer/Fall 017).  Digital.



  • “After Magic: Modern Charm in History, Theory, and Practice.”  New Literary History 47 (2017).
  • “Influence: Tennyson to Wilde.”  In John Keats in Context, ed. Michael O’Neill. Cambridge, 2017.
  • “Fretted Lines: Di-versification in Augusta Webster’s Dramatic Monologues.”  Victorian Poetry 55 (2017).
  • “Shock Troupers: Browning, Bidart, and the Drama of Prosody.”  Wordsworth Circle 47 (2016) 80-87.


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