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Tufts University
Department of English
6 The Green
Room 302, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2377
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Nathan Wolff
Associate Professor


Ph.D., University of Chicago
B.A., Bowdoin College

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth-century American literature
  • Affect/emotion
  • Sex, gender, sexuality
  • Critical theory
  • Democracy, bureaucracy, populism

Courses Taught

  • The U.S. Historical Novel to 1890 (History, Memory, Trauma)
  • Poe, Hawthorne, Melville
  • Emerson, Thoreau, Cooper
  • Political Emotion & the 19th C. American Novel

Publication Highlights

  • Fits of Reason: Political Emotion in the Gilded Age (book manuscript in progress)
  • "Emotional Insanity, Cynical Reason, and The Gilded Age," ELH 80.1 (Spring 2013): 173–197.
  • "Pobrecito, Alessandro: Sentiment and Sovereignty in Ramona,"J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 2.2 (Fall 2014): 225–252.