The American Literatures Initiative/America and the Long Nineteenth Century

The American Literatures Initiative is a collaborative book publishing program, supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to create new opportunities for publication in under-served and emerging areas of the humanities.

This five-press publishing collaboration—New York University Press, Fordham University Press, Rutgers University Press, Temple University Press, and the University of Virginia Press—confronts the publishing crisis in literature and literary studies, where the annual number of university press books has declined steeply in recent years, placing younger scholars at a disadvantage when writing their first books.

My book was published by NYU Press as part of a series called America and the Long Nineteenth Century, whose general editors are David Kazanjian, Elizabeth McHenry and Priscilla Wald. Some of the books in the series are listed at the above link but I wanted to make sure to list them here. I’m honored to be in a series with them:

Jacob Rama Berman, American Arabesque: Arabs and Islam in the Nineteenth Century Imaginary

Robin Bernstein, Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights (website here)

William A. Gleason, Sites Unseen: Architecture, Race, and American Literature

James B. Salazar, Bodies of Reform: The Rhetoric of Character in Gilded Age America

Gretchen Murphy, Shadowing the White Man’s Burden: U.S. Imperialism and the Problem of the Color Line