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Susanna Ashton, Ph.D.

Susanna Ashton, Ph.D.


Department of English
Office: 611 Strode

Ph.D. English, University of Iowa; M.A. English, University of Iowa; B.A. English, Vassar College


19th Century Americanist exploring notions of authentication and identity in slavery & freedom narratives. From Fall 2021-and Spring 2022, I shall be on sabbatical leave from Clemson University and working as a W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

Du Bois Fellow (Harvard's Hutchins Center); Fellow (Yale's Gilder Lehrman Center); Fulbright (University College Cork)


Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Collaborators in Literary America 1870-1920. Palgrave MacMillan Press, 2003.

Books (In Production or Under Contract)

A Plausible Man:The life of John Andrew Jackson. – in progress

Books (Edited)

Before the War and After the Union by Sam Aleckson. Written by Samuel Williams. Edited by Susanna Ashton (Clemson University Press / Liverpool University Press, 2021)

Susanna Ashton & William Hardwig, eds. Approaches to Teaching Charles W. Chesnutt. (New York, NY: Modern Language Association, 2017)
- Winner of the Sylvia Lyons Award from the Charles W. Chesnutt Association (2018)

Rhondda R. Thomas & Susanna Ashton, eds. The South Carolina Roots of African American Thought. A Reader. (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2014).

"I Belong to South Carolina." South Carolina Slave Narratives. University of South Carolina Press, 2010.
-A Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association for 2010

An edited and annotated edition of Moondyne, by John Boyle O'Reilly. University College Cork - electronic press (CELT Project).

These "Colored" United States: African American Essays from the 1920s, Co-Edited with Tom Lutz - (Rutgers UP, 1996).

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“The Fugitive Slave Act and the United States of Slavery” Book chapter for African American Literature in Transition, Volume 3 1830-1850. Series General Editor: Joycelyn Moody (Cambridge UP, 2021).

“Serendipitous Juxtapositions” American Periodicals 25.1 (April 2015)

“Re-Collecting Jim. Discovering a coda, a name, and a slave narrative’s continuing truth.” The Interactive Journal of Early American Life. 15.1 (December 2014)

“’The Weight of that Crush.’ Jacob Stroyer and the Battle for Fort Sumter” The South Carolina Review. 46.2 (Spring 2014). 135-139.

2013 With Jonathan Hepworth, “Jackson Unchained: Reclaiming A Fugitive Landscape.” The Appendix. A New Journal of Narrative and Experimental History. October 2013

2013, “The Genuine Article” John Andrew Jackson and Harriet Beecher Stowe – Common-place. The Interactive Journal of Early American Life. Vol 13. Issue 4 (Summer 2013) See

2012, “Slavery Imprinted - The Life and Narrative of William Grimes,” an essay in Early African American Print Culture, edited by Lara Cohen and Jordan Stein (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012). This collection is the winner of an "Outstanding Academic Title" from the American Library Association's Choice Magazine for 2012.

2012, “Recreating a Tour, Recreating a Sense of Scholarly Engagement." - MMLA Journal 45.1 (Spring 2012), 17-25.

2010, "Why Should a Library Invest in You? Short-Term Library Grants, an analysis." ADE Bulletin 115 (Association of Departments of English) (Spring/Summer 2011). (SAR 3.5:1)

2007, “Entitles: Booker T. Washington and the Signs of Play” - The Southern Literary Journal 39, 2 (Spring 2007.): 1-23.  (SAR 10:1)

2006, “Don’t You Mean ‘Slaves’ Not ‘Servants’?”  - Literary and Institutional Texts for an Interdisciplinary Classroom” College English, 69, 2 (November 2006): 156-172.  (SAR 26:1)

2006, "'In a Bibleistic Way' Approaches to Teaching Nineteenth-Century American Poetry through Book and Periodical History" in Teaching Bibliography, Textual Criticism, and Book History Edited by Ann R. Hawkins. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2006.

2003, "A Medium of Corruption: Stephen Burroughs and the founding of the Bridgehampton Library (1791)" Libraries and Culture 38, 2 (Spring): 93-120. (SAR 2.5:1).

2002, "O'Reilly and the Irish-American Novel," History Ireland 10.1 (Spring): 38-42.

2002, “W. E. B. Du Bois' Horizon: Documenting Movements of the Color Line," MELUS (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States), 26.4 (Winter): 3-23. (SAR 8:1).

2001, "Veribly a Purple Cow: The Whole Family and a Collaborative Search for Coherence," Studies in the Novel, 33.1 (Spring): 51-79. (SAR 16:1).

2000, "Authorial Affiliations, Brander Matthews in Partnership," Symploke: A Journal of Comparative Theory and Literature, 7.1-2: 165-18. (SAR 6:1)

1997, "Compound Walls: Transcultural Discourse in Eva Jane Price's Letters from a Chinese Mission, 1880-1900, " Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, 17.3: 80-94. (SAR 8:1).

1996, "Who Brings Home the Bacon? Shakespeare and Turn-of-the-Century American Authorship" American Periodicals 6:1-28. (SAR 2:1).

1995, "'Fetching the Jingle Along' - Mark Twain's Slovenly Peter," The Children's Literature Association Quarterly, 20.1 (Spring): 36-41. Co-authored with Amy Jean Petersen. (SAR 3:1).

1993, "‘Beginning Again, Regularly’: Victorian Serials," The 19th Century: The Journal of the Victorian Society in America, 12.2.

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