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Ph.D., Emory University (2001)
B.A., Wesleyan University (1994)

Recent Courses

Liberal Arts Seminar: Whitman And Dickinson
Nineteenth Century American Literature

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Urban Literature

The Literature of Slavery

Research Interests

Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture

The Literature of Long Island and New York City

The Moving Panorama

The Literature of Slavery


Peter West (2008). The Arbiters of Reality: Hawthorne, Melville, and the Rise of Mass Information Culture. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press.

Book Chapters

Peter West (2012). Pierre and the Ambiguities of Antebellum America. In Eric Carl Link (Eds.). Herman Melville: Critical Insights. (pp. forthcoming). Salem Press.

Refereed Articles

Peter West (2011), The City in Frames: Otis Bullard's Moving Panorama of New York. Common-place, vol. 11 no. 4.

Peter West (2010), Trying the Dark: Mammoth Cave and the Racial Imagination, 1839-1869. Southern Spaces.

Peter West (2008), Review of Danger on the Doorstep (by Justin Nordstrom) and the Pilgrim and the Bee (by Matthew P. Brown). American Literature, 80, 4.

Peter West (2007), Review of Hawthorne and the Real: Bicentennial Essays (ed. Millicent Bell). Resources for American Literary Study, 31, 340-343.

Peter West (2002), Frames More Valuable Than Pictures Themselves: Fiction and Journalism in Hawthorne's The Story-Teller. ATQ: Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, 16, 4, 277-290.

Conference Presentations/Papers

(2010). City Eyes: Otis Bullard's 1850 Panorama of New York. In c19: The First Annual Meeting of the Society of 19th-Century Americanists. State College, PA.

(2009). Going Underground: Slavery and the Gothic Theater of Mammoth Cave. In Northeast Modern Language Association. Boston, MA.

(2008). The Journalistic Origins of Romance. In Annual Meeting of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society. Bowdoin College.

(2008). The River of Rivers: Moving Panoramas and the Making of the Modern Mississippi. In College English Association. St. Louis, MO.

Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

Currently, I am working with a group of co-editors on a multi-volume collection of texts relating to the panorama in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain and the United States.