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Dominic Mastroianni

Dominic Mastroianni

Associate Professor, American literature

Office: 608 Strode

Ph.D. English, Emory University; M.A. English, Georgetown University; B.A. Psychology, Georgetown University


19th-Century US Literature, Transcendentalism, History of Philosophy

Areas of Interest: American Literature, Nineteenth-Century Intellectual History, Philosophy


Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

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

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Perfectionist Pierre.” In The New Melville Studies. Ed. Cody Marrs. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

“Transcendentalism Without Escape,” American Literary History 31, no. 3 (2019): 575–585.

“Revolutionary Time and Democracy’s Causes in Melville’s Pierre.” In Herman Melville, Pierre; or, The Ambiguities. Ed. Robert S. Levine and Cindy Weinstein. Norton Critical Edition (Norton, 2017)

"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."

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