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  • "Epilogue: A Memorable Fancy", in Blake in Our Time. Essays in Honour of G. E. Bentley Jr., ed. Karen Mulhallen. U. of Toronto Press: Toronto, 2010: 262-264.
  • "Recitation Considered as a Fine Art," Experimental Literary Education, English Language Notes 47. 1 (Spring/Summer 2009): 181-183
  • "Literary History and Editorial Method; Poe and Antebellum America", New Literary History 40. 4 (Autumn 2009): 825-842.
  • "Literature by Design Since 1790", Victorian Poetry 48. 1 (Spring 2010): 11-40.


Recent Articles

  • “Elizabeth’s Bishop’s Believing as Seeing, Seeing As, and Travelling Blind,” in special issue of Religions, edited by Kevin Hart (October, 2016).
  • “Thinking the Poem: Elizabeth Bishop’s Transcendental ‘Crusoe in England’ (For Example),” in Garry Hagberg, ed., Wittgenstein and Philosophical Aesthetics (London: Palgrave, 2016).
  • “Demonstrating Rhetoric in Wharton’s Ethan Frome” (in manuscript). 
  • “Rhetoric and Poetry,” (with Thomas Sloane), Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetics (2010).



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.



  • 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



  • Introductory essay, “Reception,” The Oxford Handbook of English Prose, 1640-1714, ed. Henry Power and Nicholas McDowell (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2019); in press
  • Introductory essay, “The Meaning of Home,” The Cultural History of the Home, ed. Amanda Flather (London: Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming 2019); in press
  • “Bunyan, Defoe, and the Early Novel,” Oxford Handbook to John Bunyan, ed. Michael Davies and W. R. Owens (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2018); in press



  • “Terminal Swinburne.”  Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies (2017).
  • “After Magic: Modern Charm in History, Theory, and Practice.”  New Literary History (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 (2017).
  • “Shock Troupers: Browning, Bidart, and the Drama of Prosody.”  Wordsworth Circle (2016).


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”


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).


Essays in Volumes

  • “Beyond the Closet as Raceless Paradigm.”  In Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology.  Ed. E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson.  Duke University Press, 2005.  161-189.
  • “The New Negro Displayed: Self-Ownership, Proprietary Sites/Sights and the Bonds/Bounds of Race.”  In Claiming the Stones/Naming the Bones: Cultural Property and the Negotiation of National and Ethnic Identity.  Ed. Elazar Barkan and Ronald Bush.  Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2002.  259-301.


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