Colleen Glenney Boggs

Professor of English
Professor of Women's and Gender Studies

Colleen Glenney Boggs is a scholar of nineteenth-century American literature. She has particular expertise in the literatures of the American Civil War, animal studies, transatlantic studies, literary theory and gender studies.  The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 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, Cultural Critique, and J19, 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 serving on the PMLA Editorial Board. Her monograph-in-progress is entitled "Civil War Substitutes: How the Military Draft Changed American Literature," and she has edited the volume Options for Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil War (Modern Language Association, 2016). In AY 2011-2015, she served as the Director of the Leslie Center for the Humanities, where she launched an initiative in “medical humanities” that was the recipient of a CHCI/ Mellon Foundation research grant. She has presented her work broadly in national and international venues, most recently as a Distinguished Professor at the Center for American Studies in Rome.

206 Sanborn
HB 6032
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
B.A. Yale University
M.A. University of Chicago
Ph.D. University of Chicago

Selected Publications

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.

(ed.) Teaching the Literatures of the American Civil War. New York: Modern Language Association, 2016.

Series Editor with Andrew Taylor, Laura Doyle; Edinburgh Studies In Transatlantic Literature

"Public Reading and the Civil War Draft Lottery.” American Periodicals. 26 (2), Fall 2016: 149-166.

“The Civil War’s ‘Empty Sleeve’ and the Cultural Production of Disabled Americans.” J 19: TheJournal of Nineteenth Century Americanists. 3 (1): Spring 2015. 41-65.

“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.

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Speaking Engagements

Distinguished Professor, “The United States between Transnationalism and Interculturality, the 20th and 21st centuries.” Research Colloquium at the Center for American Studies in Rome and the Italian Association for North American Studies, in collaboration with the Fulbright Commission and the Embassy of the United States in Rome. Two lectures: “American Studies: the transnational and global perspectives. Thursday, November 19, 2015; America and World Literature in the 19th century.” Friday, November 20, 2015.

Invited Lecture and Seminar, Forschungskolloquium Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany, July 15, 2015.

16th Glasscock Book Prize Outside Reader Lecture, "The American Civil War and the Cultural
Production of Disabled Americans." Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Texas A&M University,      Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Conference Keynote, "Imagining the Ideal Body: A Graduate Conference on the Politics and
   Poetics of Perfection” at Université de Montréal, Canada, March 12-13, 2015.

Invited Lecture and Post-Graduate Seminar, Home, Crisis and the Imagination (an AHRC-funded
   Research Network:, Leeds University, United Kingdom,  
   March 9, 2015.

Invited Speaker,  “Love Triangle With Dog: ‘Whym Chow,’ the ‘Michael Fields,’ and the Poetic Potential of Human-Animals’ Affective Bonds,” Animalities Symposium, Department of Literature,  Area Studies and European Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo, Norway.

Plenary Lecture, “The Precarious Life of a Civil War Spy: Strategies of Political Mis-Recognition in
   Loreta Janeta Velasquez’s Civil War Narrative,” Summer Institute for American Studies. June 18, 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.
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.


Works in Progress

monograph: Civil War Substitutes: How the Military Draft Changed American Literature