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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
Graduate Career Advisor


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

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth-century American literature and culture
  • Affect and emotion
  • Politics of New Materialisms
  • Anti-work / post-work critique

Courses Taught

  •  American Gothic
  • Stowe & Melville
  • Political Emotion & the 19th C. American Novel
  • Mark Twain & Charles Chesnutt

Publication Highlights

  •  Not Quite Hope and Other Political Emotions in the Gilded Age (Oxford University Press, 2019)
  • Inhuman Environments: American Literature's Political Climates (book manuscript in progress)
  • "'Dead Then I'll be': Billy Budd and the Death of Politics," Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies (forthcoming)
  • "The Weather in Dawson's Landing: Twain, Chesnutt, and the Climates of Racism," ALH 30.2 (Summer 2018): 222-248
  • "Pobrecito, Alessandro: Sentiment and Sovereignty in Ramona,"J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 2.2 (Fall 2014): 225-252
  • "Emotional Insanity, Cynical Reason, and The Gilded Age," ELH 80.1 (Spring 2013): 173-197