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Rochelle Raineri Zuck - Department of English

Prof. Rochelle Raineri Zuck

Associate Professor
American literature to 1900
409 Humanities

About me

I received my Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University and began teaching at UMD in the fall of 2008. I teach a variety of courses at UMD on topics ranging from the early American novel to contemporary "tales of terror." In spring 2011, I was awarded the Teaching Award for Tenure-Track Faculty by UMD's College of Liberal Arts. My research examines the competing constructions of nationalism, sovereignty, and citizenship in early American literature and culture. Currently, I am working on a book project entitled Divided Sovereignties: Genealogies of Nationhood, Citizenship, and Law in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture and editing James Fenimore Cooper's 1848 novel Oak Openings; or, The Bee-Hunter for the Writings of James Fenimore Cooper series. I also serve as the President of the James Fenimore Cooper Society and as one of two associate editors of the James Fenimore Cooper Society Newsletter.

Recent publications and Research Interests Teaching Interests and Courses

Research Interests: multiethnic U.S. literatures, political theory; constructions of citizenship and national identity; periodical literatures; transatlantic print culture; and law and literature.

Recent Publications:
"William Apess, the 'Lost Tribes,' and Indigenous Survivance." Studies in American Indian Literatures 25.1 (2013): 1-26.

"'Yours in the Cause': Readers, Correspondents, and the Editorial Politics of Carlos Montezuma's Wassaja." American Periodicals 22.1 (2012): 72-93.

"'The Wizard of Oil': Abraham James, Harmonial no. 1, and the Psychometric History of the Oil Industry." Journal of American Studies 46.2 (2012): 313-36.

"Martin R. Delany and Rhetorics of Divided Sovereignty." African American Culture and Legal Discourse. Ed. Lovalerie King and Richard Schur. New York: Palgrave, 2009. 39-56.

"Cultivation, Commerce, and Cupidity: Late-Jacksonian Virtue in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Crater." Literature in the Early American Republic 1 (2009): 57-88.

Teaching Interests: Early American literature, African American literatures, American Indian literatures, the novel, literary theory, captivity narratives, gothic literature, Transcendentalism and nature writing

Engl. 1666: Tales of Terror
Engl.3563: American Literature I (Origins-1865)
Engl.3906: Methods of Literary Study
Engl.5572: American Renaissance
Engl. 5574: Studies in American Literature to 1914
Engl.5577: Major American Authors
Engl. 5581: American Novel 1

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