Colleen Glenney Boggs
Professor of EnglishProfessor of Women's and Gender StudiesDirector of the Leslie Center for the Humanities
Colleen Glenney Boggs is a scholar of nineteenth-century American literature. She has particular expertise in animal studies, transatlantic studies, literary theory and gender studies. The recipient of prestigious fellowships from the American Philosophical Society and the Mellon Foundation, she has published two books: Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity (Columbia University Press, 2013) and Transnationalism and American Literature: Literary Translation 1773-1892 (Routledge, 2007; paperback 2009). Her articles have appeared in American Literature, PMLA and Cultural Critique, among others. Together with Andrew Taylor (University of Edinburgh) and Laura Doyle (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), she co-edits the book series Edinburgh Studies in Transatlantic Literatures and Cultures. She is currently working on a monograph and an edited volume on Civil War Literature. In 2012, she was appointed as the Director of the Leslie Center for the Humanities, where she has launched an initiative in “medical humanities” that is the recipient of a CHCI/ Mellon Foundation research grant.
Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity , Columbia University Press, January 2013.
Transnationalism and American Literature: Literary Translation 1773-1892 . New York and London: Routledge, 2007; paperback 2009.
Series Editor with Andrew Taylor, Laura Doyle; Edinburgh Studies In Transatlantic Literature
“Animals and the Formation of Liberal Subjectivity in Nineteenth Century American Literature.” Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature . Ed. Russ Castronovo. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, 197-216.
“Transatlantic Romanticism.” Transatlantic Literary Studies, 1680-1830: An Introduction . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012: 219-237.
“American Bestiality: Sex, Animals and the Construction of Subjectivity.” Cultural Critique 76 (3), Fall 2010: 98-125.
“Emily Dickinson’s Animal Pedagogies.” PMLA 124 (2), March 2009, 533-541.
“Introduction: (Un)Gendering the Transatlantic.” Symbiosis 13 (2), special issue edited by Colleen Glenney Boggs, October, 2009, 93-99.
“Translation in the United States.” Oxford History of Literary Translation in English : Volume 4: 1790-1900 (5 vols). Oxford and London: Oxford University Press, 2006:20-33.
“Margaret Fuller’s American Translation.” American Literature 76 (1), March 2004: 31-58.
“Specimens of Translation in Walt Whitman’s Poetry.” Arizona Quarterly 58 (3), Autumn 2002: 33-56.
Opinion Pieces in The New York Times, The Guardian, PBS Need to Know, Huffington Post.
Select Recent Presentations:
“Serializing Violence: Harper’s Weekly and the Civil War Draft Riots.” Panel: “The John Brown Event: Approaches to Antebellum Righteous Violence.” Modern Language Association Convention. Chicago, IL: January 9, 2014
Invited Lecture, “Disabled Veterans and the End(s) of Civil War Romance,” University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, September 23, 2013.
Plenary Lecture, “Serializing Violence: Harper's Weekly and the Civil War Draft Riots.” Summer Institute for American Studies. Hanover, NH, June 19, 2013.
Response, “Speaking Bodies, Speaking Minds: Animals, Language, History” by Susan Pearson (Northwestern University), History and Theory Conference, “Do Animals Need a History?” Wesleyan University, Friday, March 29, 2013
Response, panel “Empire and Resistance in Unexpected Places,” American Studies Association (ASA) Annual Convention, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 15, 2012.
“Murderous Spectacle: Poe’s Apes and the Death of Modern Biopolitics.” Panel: “Modernist Animal Spectacle.” Modern Studies Association Convention, Las Vegas, October 20, 2012.
“Civil War Soldiers and the Failed Romance of War.” Military Service and National Obligation Symposium. Hanover, NH, October 5-6, 2012.
Plenary Lecture, “Bo Obama: Biopolitical Theory Meets Animal Studies.” Summer Institute for American Studies. Hanover, NH, June 18, 2012.
“Animal Representations.” Seminar: Animal Metaphors. American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Providence, RI, March 30-April 1, 2012.
“Biopolitics, Animals, and Liberal Subjectivity.” Panel: “Biopolitics and Posthumanism.” American Studies Association Convention. Baltimore MD. October 21, 2011.
Plenary Lecture, “Wounded Citizens,” Summer Institute for American Studies. Hanover, NH, June 21, 2011.
Plenary Lecture, “Animal Autobiography.” SUNY Buffalo, NEXT: New Directions in American Studies. September 7, 2010.
Plenary Lecture, “Teaching Civil War Literature.” Summer Institute for American Studies. Hanover, NH, June 24, 2010.
Works in Progress
MLA Options for Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil War (under advance contract)
monograph in progress: Civil War Substitutes: How the Draft Changed American Literature