department of english

Adam Bradford


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Adam Bradford received his PhD from the University of Iowa in 2010.  He teaches courses in colonial and nineteenth-century American literature, and his research focuses on late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature and culture.  His research, which borrows from methodologies such as new historicism, history of the book, and material culture studies, frequently investigates how literature influenced and was influenced by such things as social customs and rituals, the technology and artistry of printing and bookmaking, and the interpretive strategies contemporary readers employed when reading.  His currently scholarly project, a book manuscript entitled Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, and the Nineteenth-Century American Culture of Mourning and Memorializing, reflects these interests as it investigates how an interpretive framework provided by the rituals, practices, and aesthetic objects associated with this culture forges connections between the otherwise disparate literary projects of two of the period’s most prolific authors.  Selected articles drawn from this manuscript appear in the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review (Winter 2010) and the Edgar Allan Poe Review (forthcoming Spring 2011).  His poetry has appeared in The Mickle Street Review and Dialogue:  A Journal of Mormon Thought.


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