My dissertation focuses on a period in American literary history when, unlike the present, paper was new media. I look at the intersection of print and material cultures in literary, popular, and ephemeral texts about all aspects of paper in the 18th and 19th centuries, with attention to how paper is imagined to organize and mobilize concepts of publicity, sexuality, gender, race, and authorship. My interests in the digital humanities stem from present attempts to rethink paper (journals and books printed on paper, scholarly presentations i.e. “to give a paper,” etc) and also uses of new media for publicly-engaged scholarship. I have contributed to digital humanities projects such as In Media Res and the Keywords for American Studies teaching wiki collaboratory.

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