William Gleason • Department of EnglishPrinceton University

Selected publications:


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).

  • Part of the America and the Long 19th Century Series
  • 2012 Runner-up for the American Studies Association John Hope Franklin publication prize for best book in American Studies.

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/.







Pocket Instructor

William Gleason, Sites Unseen

William Gleason, The Leisure Ethic
Histories of the Dustheap
Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers
Gates and Robbins, In Search of Hannah Crafts
Savage Wolverine #1

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