I am currently completing a book titled "American Genealogies of Nostalgia," which traces the changing meanings of nostalgia in the United States, from its entry into the medical lexicon during the Revolution, through its accumulation of distinctive associations with race and gender, to its reappearance during the Civil War as a deadly disease of soldiers, and finally to its transformation after the war from a physiological condition to an affective state.

I am also completing an article on Charles Chesnutt's engagement in the "Conjure Tales" with the scientific and medical discourse of the late nineteenth century. 

 

Department of English, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5350 - Undergraduate: 631 632-7400 | Graduate: 631 632-7373