Christopher Hanlon

Biography

Chris Hanlon is Professor of U.S. literature at the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies at Arizona State University's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. His writings on antebellum literature and culture focus on patterns of transatlantic kinship; slavery; sectional politics; communications technology and literature; eloquence; and disability and neurodiversity.

His first book, America's England: Antebellum Literature and Atlantic Sectionalism (Oxford University Press, 2013), traces the ways northern and southern partisans–making speeches, keeping journals, writing novels and poems, and otherwise addressing their fellow citizens during the decades prior to the Civil War–attempted to codify sectional antipathies in terms of imagined relations with English literature, culture, and history. His second book, Emerson's Memory Loss: Originality, Communality, and the Late Style (Oxford University Press, 2018), offers a reading of Emerson’s late work–and through that lens, his earlier essays as well–in light of Emerson’s failing memory in late life. Currently, he is the editor of the forthhcoming Oxford Handbook to Ralph Waldo Emerson, which will be the most expansive collection of critical essays on Emerson ever published.

Hanlon's critical essays have appeared in the New York Times, the L.A. Times, American Literature, American Literary History, Nineteenth-Century Literature, New Literary History, Pedagogy, College Literature, Exquisite Corpse, Jouvert, Common-place, and J19 as well as several collections; he teaches courses in American and transatlantic literature of the 19th century, New England literature, and criticism.

Education

  • Ph.D. American Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst 2001
  • M.A. American Literature, North Carolina State University-Raleigh 1994
  • B.S. English, University of Massachusetts-Lowell 1993 

Research Interests

Romanticism; transatlanticism; antebellum literature and culture; information technology and literature; slavery; sectional politics; American art; poetics; originality and communiality.

Publications

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Courses

Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
ENG 333 American Ethnic Literature
ENG 431 Whitman and Dickinson
COM 493 Honors Thesis
HON 494 Special Topics
MAS 598 Special Topics
ENG 598 Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 105 Adv First-Year Composition
ENG 241 Literatures of the US to 1860
COM 492 Honors Directed Study
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 333 American Ethnic Literature
ENG 432 The American Renaissance
ENG 598 Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 105 Adv First-Year Composition
ENG 241 Literatures of the US to 1860
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 498 Pro-Seminar
ENG 598 Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 333 American Ethnic Literature
ENG 431 Whitman and Dickinson
ENG 595 Continuing Registration
ENG 597 Graduate Capstone Seminar
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 241 Literatures of the US to 1860
ENG 333 American Ethnic Literature
ENG 499 Individualized Instruction
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 498 Pro-Seminar
ENG 598 Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 432 The American Renaissance
ENG 493 Honors Thesis
ENG 595 Continuing Registration
ENG 598 Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
ENG 241 Literatures of the US to 1860
ENG 440 Studies in Amer Lit & Culture
ENG 584 Internship
ENG 595 Continuing Registration
MAS 598 Special Topics
ENG 598 Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
ENG 494 Special Topics
ENG 598 Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
ENG 200 Critical Reading & Writing/Lit
ENG 595 Continuing Registration
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
HON 394 Special Topics
ENG 500 Research Methods

Presentations

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Service

  • Director, Master's Program in English, Program Director (2014 - 2015)
  • IGLE (Interdisciplinary Global Learning and Engagement) committee, Member; also member of subcommittee for student and faculty engagement (2014 - 2015)
  • Rentention/review committee for Dr. Annika Mann, Chair (2014 - 2014)
  • Tenure Review Committee for Dr. Sharon Kirsch, Committee member (2014 - 2014)
  • Civil War Caucus of the Midwest Modern Language Association, organizer of annual caucus dinner (2012 - 2014)

Expertise Areas