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Professor Jennifer Greiman

Ruthless, Militant, Round: On Melville and the Aesthetics of Radical Democracy


Jennifer Greiman is Associate Professor of English at Wake Forest University; she is the author of Democracy’s Spectacle: Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing (Fordham University Press, 2010) and the co-editor, with Paul Stasi, of The Last Western: Deadwood and the End of American Empire (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013).  She is also the co-editor, with Kir Kuiken, of a special issue of the journal Postmodern Culture on the work of Etienne Balibar, “The Citizen Subject Revisited” (2013).  Selections from her current book project, Melville’s Ruthless Democracy, have appeared in The New Cambridge Companion to Herman MelvilleJ19: The Journal of Nineteenth-century Americanists, and Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies.