Keywords for Environmental Studies. Eds. Joni Adamson, William Gleason, and David Pellow. (New York University Press, 2016).
The Pocket Instructor: Literature (Princeton University Press, 2015). Co-edited with Diana Fuss.
Sites Unseen: Architecture, Race, and American Literature (New York University Press, 2011).
The Leisure Ethic: Work and Play in American Literature, 1840-1940 (Stanford University Press, 1999).
Essays and Articles:
“Black Folk, Brownstones: Mat Johnson’s Hunting in Harlem.” Race and Real Estate. Ed. Adrienne Brown and Valerie Smith. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. 145-58.
“From All Sides: Rethinking Professionalization in a Changing Job Market.” With David M. Ball and Nancy J. Peterson. Cluster on Graduate Education in English Studies, ed. Lenny Cassuto. Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 15.1 (January 2015): 103-18.
“Grounds for Fun: The Place of Play in 19th-Century American Culture.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts 35.5 (2013): 463-78.
“A Conversation.” In New Jersey as Non-Site, by Kelly Baum; with contributions by Beatriz Colomina, Kathryn Dammers, Hal Foster, William Gleason, Hendrik Hartog, and Ned Schefer. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. 56-68.
“‘The Most Radical View of the Whole Subject’: George E. Waring, Domestic Waste, and Women’s Rights.” In Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice. Eds. Stephanie Foote and Elizabeth Mazzolini. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2012. 68-101.
“Goodnight, iPad? Children's Literature in a Digital Age.”Princeton Alumni Weekly (October 10, 2012).
“Ten Nights in a Bar-Room and The Visual Culture of Temperance.” In Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers from Charlotte Temple to the Da Vinci Code. Eds. Sarah Churchwell and Thomas Ruys Smith. London: Continuum, 2012. 101-30.
“Conversations with Scholars of American Popular Culture. Featured Guest: William A. Gleason.” Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900-Present 11.1 (Spring 2012). Online publication, n.p. http://www.americanpopularculture.com/journal/articles/spring_2012/gleason.htm.
“Belles, Beaux, and Paratexts: American Story Papers and the Project of Romance.” Journal of Popular Romance Studies 2.1 (October 2011). Online journal, n.p. http://jprstudies.org/issues/issue-2-1/. (30 pp. typescript)
“Three Cheers for Alan Gribben!” Round Table: Teaching Huckleberry Finn. Literary Matters: The Newsletter of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers 4.1 (Winter 2011): 8-9.
“It Falls to You: The Ethics of Affirmative Action in Charles Johnson’s ‘Executive Decision.’” In African American Culture and Legal Discourse. Eds. Lovalerie King and Richard Schur. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 75-91.
“Volcanoes and Meteors: Douglass, Melville, and the Poetics of Insurrection.” In Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville: Essays in Relation. Eds. Robert S. Levine and Samuel Otter. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008. 110-33.
“A Statistical Analysis of Editorial Influence and Author-Character Similarities in 1990s New Yorker Fiction.” Co-authored with Katherine L. Milkman (lead author) and René Carmona (co-author). Journal of Literary and Linguistic Computing 22.3 (September 2007): 305-28.
“Go There: The Critical Pragmatism of Charles Johnson.” In Charles Johnson and Philosophical Black Writing. Eds. Marc C. Conner and William R. Nash. Jackson, Miss.: University Press of Mississippi, 2007. 82-105.
“‘I Dwell Now in a Neat Little Cottage’: Architecture, Race, and Desire in The Bondwoman’s Narrative.” In Search of Hannah Crafts: Critical Essays on The Bondwoman’s Narrative. Eds. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins. New York: Basic Books, 2004. 145-174.
“The Phantom Toothpick: Men’s Mouths in The Custom of the Country.” The Custom of the Country. Eds. Isabelle Boof-Vermesse and Anne Ullmo-Michel. Paris: Ellipses, 2000. 128-137.
“Balancing Acts: Junior Faculty Teaching in a Research-Oriented University.” Special Section, “Learning to Teach.” ADE Bulletin 126 (Fall 2000): 38-41.
“Of Sequels and Sons: Tarzan and the Problem of Paternity.” Journal of American and Comparative Cultures 23.1 (Spring 2000): 41-51.
“Chesnutt’s Piazza Tales: Architecture, Race, and Memory in the Conjure Stories.” American Quarterly 51 (March 1999): 33-77.
“‘Find Their Place and Fall in Line’: The Revisioning of Women’s Work in Herland and Emma McChesney & Co.” Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies 21 (1996): 39-87.
“Re-Creating Walden: Thoreau’s Economy of Work and Play.” American Literature 65 (December 1993): 673-701.
“The Postmodern Labyrinths of Lot 49.” Critique 34 (Winter 1993): 83-99.
“Voices at the Nadir: Charles Chesnutt and David Bryant Fulton.” American Literary Realism 24 (Spring 1992): 22-41.
“The Liberation of Perception: Charles Johnson’s Oxherding Tale.” Black American Literature Forum 25 (Winter 1991): 705-28.
“‘Her Laugh an Ace’: The Function of Humor in Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 11.3 (1987): 51-73.
“The Jungle Pulps.” Embedded video commentary. Frank Cho, Savage Wolverine #1. Marvel Comics (March 2013).
“For Love's Sake.” Talking About Romance. The Popular Romance Project (29 April 2013). http://popularromanceproject.org/talking-about-romance/4936/.
“Call Me?” Talking About Romance. The Popular Romance Project (6 Sept. 2012). http://popularromanceproject.org/talking-about-romance/3082/.