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Timothy Sweet

Sweet, Tim

Eberly Family Professor of American Literature

Ph.D. 1988 Minnesota

Office: 213 Colson Hall
Tel: 304-293-9733
Fax: 304-293-5380
Curriculum Vitae

American Studies (17th-19th Century)
Literature and the Environment
Literature and Photography
Native-American Literature

Selected Publications


  • American Georgics: Economy and Environment in Early American Literature. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.
  • Traces of War: Poetry, Photography, and the Crisis of the Union, Johns Hopkins, 1990.

Representative Articles:

  • “Battle-Pieces and Vernacular Poetics.” Leviathan, forthcoming 2015.
  • “The Eighteenth-Century Archives du Monde: The Question of Agency in Extinction Discourse.” Oddball Archives. Eds. Judith Roof and Jonathan Eburne. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming.
  • “Lincoln and the Natural Nation.” Cambridge Companion to Abraham Lincoln. Ed. Shirley Samuels. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 72-90.
  • “American Land, American Landscape, American Novels.” Cambridge History of the American Novel. Ed. Leonard Cassuto et al. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 88-102.
  • “Global Cooperstown: Taxonomy, Biogeography, and Sense of Place in Susan Fenimore Cooper’s Rural Hours.” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 17.3 (2010): 541-66.
  • “Projecting Early American Environmental Literature.” American Literary History 22.2 (2010): 419-31 / Early American Literature 45.2 (2010): 403-16. (Joint special issue, “Projecting Early American Literary Studies.”)
  • “Would Sir Thomas More Have Wanted to Go to Mars? Colonial Promotion and Bio-power.” Early Modern Ecostudies. Eds. Karen Raber, Ivo Kamps, Thomas Hallock. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 269-89.
  • “Photography and the Museum of Rome in Hawthorne’s The Marble Faun.” In Photo-Textualities: Reading Photographs and Literature. Ed. Marsha Bryant. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1996. 25-42.
  • “Masculinity and Self-Performance in the Life of Black Hawk.” American Literature 65 (1993): 475-99. (Rpt. in Subjects and Citizens: Nation, Race, and Gender from Oroonoko to Anita Hill. Eds. Michael Moon and Cathy Davidson. Durham and London: Duke University Press: 1995. 219-43.)
  • “Gender, Genre, and Subjectivity in Anne Bradstreet’s Early Elegies.” Early American Literature 23 (1988): 152-74.

Work in Progress

  • An edited collection, Literary Cultures of the American Civil War.
  • A book-length study of the narration of environmental agency in extinction discourse.

Composition & Rhetoric
Creative Writing
Literary and Cultural Studies
Professional Writing and Editing
the WVU Writing Center

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