College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

Faculty Bio

Mastroianni, Dominic

Mastroianni, Dominic

Assistant Professor, American literature and literary theory

Office: 608 Strode

Focus: Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Literature and Philosophy

Research Interests:
Dominic Mastroianni (B.A., Georgetown, 1998; M.A., Georgetown, 2001; Ph.D., Emory, 2008) has a wide range of research interests that include nineteenth-century American literature and print culture; intersections of literature, politics, and ethics; literature and philosophy; vulnerability; and animal studies.

Selected Professional Works

Books (In Production or Under Contract)

Politics and Skepticism in Antebellum American Literature. Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

"Astonishing Politics: Emerson, Levinas, and Thinking Beyond Virility." Comparative Literature 66, no. 3 (2014): 301-21.

"Hospitality and the Thresholds of the Human in Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym." Studies in American Fiction 40, no. 2 (2013): 185-202.

"Revolutionary Time and the Future of Democracy in Melville's Pierre." ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 56, no. 4 (2011): 391-423. Winner of the 2012 Hennig Cohen Prize, awarded by The Melville Society for "excellence in scholarship and writing in an article or book chapter on Melville."

Reviews & Interviews

“Poe, Animals, Animality.” Review of Colleen Glenney Boggs, Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity (Columbia University Press, 2013); and Christopher Peterson, Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality (Fordham University Press, 2012). Poe Studies: History, Theory, Interpretation 47 (2014), forthcoming.

Review of Caleb Smith, The Oracle and the Curse: A Poetics of Justice from the Revolution to the Civil War (Harvard University Press, 2013). College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies 41, no. 3 (2014): 140-42.