Jason de Stefano

Jason de Stefano

Huntington Library Fellow, 2017–18


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered


"Persona Ficta: Frederick Douglass," ELH 85, no. 3 (forthcoming fall 2018).

From Objectivity to the Scientific Self: A Conversation with Peter Galison,” Qui Parle 23, no. 2 (spring/summer 2015): 89–114.

"Biltong," Fence 34 (spring 2018).

Selected Presentations

"Melville's Weird Feelings," forthcoming in "Melville's Quarrel with Modernity," Melville Society Panel at the MLA Annual Conference 2019, Chicago.

"Creature," Keywords for C19 Environmental Humanities Seminar, C19 Annual Conference of the Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, UNM, Albuquerque, 22–25 March 2018.

"The Work of Prophecy in the Age of Mechanical Philosophy: Evidence, Empiricism, and Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana," presented at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture Annual Conference, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass. 23-26 June 2016.

"The Matter of Anne Bradstreet's Melancholy," presented at "Object Emotions: Polemics," Cambridge University, 15-16 April 2016.

“Reading Painting: Toward an Art History of the Book” [on Henry James and the trompe l'oeil paintings of William Hartnett and Francis Peto], presented at “Reading Matters,” Friends of English Southland Graduate Conference, UCLA, 27 June 2014.

“Big Historicism, Weird Realism” [on deep history in Wai Chee Dimock, Mark McGurl, Graham Harman, and The Twilight Zone], invited presentation at the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory’s Material Cultures Reading Group, 1 Feb. 2013.

Current Research

I have been named an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Huntington Library for 2017–2018. My research project, "Creature of Law: Francis Lieber, Hermeneutics, and Fictive Personhood," will investigate how the intellectual history of hermeneutics, brought to the United States by the German émigré political scientist Francis Lieber, introduces an aesthetic discipline of creative interpretation into the politics of Union and slavery after 1827. It supports my dissertation, "Creatures of Art: The Origins of Creativity in the Nineteenth Century."

Recent English Courses Taught

Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
R1B/3 Reading and Composition: Evidence of Things Not Seen Reading and Composition
Fall, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
R1A/8 Reading and Composition: The Essay and American Life Reading and Composition
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
45B/101 (discussion) Literature in English: Late-17th through Mid-19th Centuries Introductory Surveys

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