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Michael Germana

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Michael Germana teaches courses in American Literature and American Studies in WVU’s Department of English. His research explores the intersections of critical race theory, popular cultural studies, and economics in literature. He is the author of Standards of Value: Money, Race, and Literature in America, in which he illustrates how tectonic shifts in U.S. monetary policy correspond to strategic changes by American novelists who drew analogies between money and race in an ongoing effort to renegotiate the value of racial difference. His essays on money and American literature have been published in American Literary History, American Periodicals, and Arizona Quarterly.


  • American Studies
  • 19th and 20th Century American Literature
  • Popular Culture

Selected Publications:

  • Standards of Value: Money, Race, and Literature in America. University of Iowa Press, 2009.
  • “The Balances of Deceit; or, What Does Silver Mean to Me?: Constance Fenimore Woolson’s ‘Castle Nowhere’ and the Money Question During Reconstruction.” Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894. Ed. Kathleen Diffley. University of Mississippi Press, 2011. 17-33.
  • “Counterfeiters and Con Artists: Money, Literature, and Subjectivity.” American Literary History. 21.2 (2009): 296-305.
  • “Honoré Grandissime.” Student’s Encyclopedia of Great American Characters. Ed. Matthew. J. Bruccoli and Judith S. Baughman. New York: Facts on File, 2008.
  • “Real Change: George Washington Cable’s The Grandissimes and the Crime of ‘73.” Arizona Quarterly 61.3 (2005): 75-108.
  • “Dollars and Cents: A Reading Journal Response about ‘Bartleby, the Scrivener,’ American Money, and Literary Magazines of the 1850s.” American Periodicals 12 (2002): 193-97.