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Susan Scheckel

Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley, 1992
American literature and culture in the U.S. before 1900; history of race in the U.S.; U.S. visual and popular print cultures before 1900; history of medicine before 1900; theories of nationalism.
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  • Biography


    Susan Scheckel earned her Ph.D. at the University of California-Berkeley in 1992. After teaching at the University of Memphis and, briefly, at the University of Southern California, she came to Stony Brook in 2000.

  • Selected Publications


    Books and Edited Volumes:

    The Insistence of the Indian: Race and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century American Culture . Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.
    (Recipient of 1999 South Central Modern Language Association Book Award).

    Boundaries of Affect: Ethnicity and Emotion. E. Ann Kaplan and Susan Scheckel, eds. New York: Humanities Institute of Stony Brook Occasional Papers Series, 2007.

    Articles and Chapters:

    “‘To make something of the Indian’: Hampton Institute and the Uses of Popular Print Culture,” U.S. Popular Print Culture 1860-1920. Ed. Christine Bold. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 417-36.

    “Home on the Train: Race and Mobility in The Life and Adventures of Nat Love,” American Literature 74:2 (June 2002), pp. 219-250.
    (2002 Don D. Walker Prize for best essay in Western American studies).

    "Domesticating the Drama of Conquest: Barker’s Pocahontas on the Popular Stage," ATQ 10:3 (September 1996), pp. 231-243.

    "'In the Land of His Fathers': Cooper, Land Rights and the Legitimation of American National Identity." James Fenimore Cooper: New Historical and Literary Contexts, Wil Verhoeven, ed. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi, 1993, pp. 125-150.

    "Mary Jemison and the Domestication of the American Frontier." Desert, Garden, Margin, Range: Literature on the American Frontier, Eric Heyne, ed. New York: Twayne, 1992, pp. 93-109.

  • Current Research


    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.

  • Courses Taught



    EGL 204: Literary Analysis and Argumentation
    EGL 217: American Literature I
    EGL 218: American Literature II
    Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Visual Culture
    Civil War in American Literary and Visual Culture
    Dark Romantics: Hawthorne, Poe and Melville
    Mostly Melville
    EGL 399: Nineteenth-Century American Gothic Literature


    Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Visual Culture
    American Literature and Culture: Memory in the Nineteenth Century

    Ph.D. Seminars:

    Civil War in American Literary and Visual Culture
    Rethinking Early American Literary Studies
    Theorizing the Archive
    Romantic Atlantics
    Mind/Body in Nineteenth-Century American Culture

  • Honors and Awards


    NEH Summer Fellowship ($2,100), Summer 2012.

    Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring by a Faculty Member, 2009-2010.

    President’s and Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2007-8.

    Commendation for Excellence in Service to Graduate Education by a GPD, Stony Brook, 2006.

    Rockefeller Foundation Grant for Residence in Bellagio, Italy, August 2004.

    Don D. Walker Prize for best essay published in Western American studies, 2003.

    South Central Modern Language Association Book Prize, 1999.

    Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Memphis, 1996

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