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Tim Cassedy

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. New York University

Tim Cassedy

Tim Cassedy specializes in American and transatlantic literature, the cultural history of reading, and the history of readers’ relationships with texts. He is currently completing Our Language, Ourselves:  A History of Linguistic Identity, 1775-1825, a book about the once-common idea that the language you speak makes you the person you are.

Courses taught

  • 2315 Introduction to Literary Study
  • 2312 Fiction
  • 3346 American Literary History I
  • 4339 Transatlantic Studies I: The American Reading Nation in the Atlantic World, 1700-1850
  • 7350 Media Ideologies in the Eighteenth-Century Anglophone Atlantic
  • 4349 Transatlantic Studies II: Going Native

Selected Publications

  • "'A Dictionary Which We Do Not Want': Defining America Against Noah Webster, 1783–1810," William and Mary Quarterly (April 2014).
  • "Seeing the Rebel: Or, How to Do Things with Dictionaries in Nineteenth-Century America," J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 2:1 (spring 2014).
  • "The Long Tail of Literary Studies," Archive Journal 3 (summer 2013).