Tim Cassedy

Associate Professor



Office Location

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Ph.D., New York University

Tim Cassedy specializes in American and transatlantic literature, the cultural history of reading, and the history of readers’ relationships with texts. His book, Figures of Speech: Six Histories of Language and Identity in the Age of Revolutions, was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2019.

Selected Publications

  • "Types of Reading, Types of Pleasure: Pantographia and the Specimens of Globalization," Word & Image 34:2 (spring 2018).
  • "'A Dictionary Which We Do Not Want': Defining America Against Noah Webster, 1783–1810," William and Mary Quarterly 71:2 (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).

Courses Taught

  • 1380 American Bestsellers, 1700–1900
  • 2312 Fiction: The Uses of Storytelling
  • 2315 Introduction to Literary Study
  • 3346 American Literary History I
  • 3347 The White Whale: America from Moby-Dick to True Detective
  • 4339 Transatlantic Studies I: The American Reading Nation in the Atlantic World, 1700-1850
  • 4339 Transatlantic Studies I: Going Native
  • 4349 Transatlantic Studies II: Tough Mothers, 1740–1900
  • 4349 Transatlantic Studies II: The Umbrella Man
  • 6310 Advanced Literary Studies
  • 6345 Printing Madness: Print Culture and Mental Illness, 1750–1900
  • 7350 Media Ideologies in the 18th-Century Anglophone Atlantic
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