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Marion Rust


Office Hours Spring 2020: Monday 12-1:30 and Tuesday 12:30-2


Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University

A.B. in Comparative Literature, Harvard University


Areas of Specialty:

  • Early American Literature and Culture
  • Gender Studies
  • 19th-century American Women Writers
  • Autobiography Studies
  • Textual Criticism
  • Perspectives on Academia
Selected Publications:


  • "Strange Objects: How to Read an Early American Novel." Cambridge Companion to Early American Literature. Ed. Bryce Traister. Cambridge UP. Forthcoming 2021.

  • "'Agreeable Objects' and Spinster Grotesques: Post-Reproductive Female Sexuality and the Early American Novel." Cambridge Volume on Gender in American Literature and Culture. Eds. Jean Lutes and Jennifer Travis. Cambridge UP. Forthcoming 2020.

  • “Making Emends: Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Anne Bradstreet.” American Literature 88.1 (March 2016).

  • Women of the early Americas and the Formation of Empire. Introduction. Ed. Mary Balkun and Susan Imbarrato.  Palgrave McMillan, 2016.

  • "Personal History:  Martha Ballard, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and the Scholarly Guise in Early American Women’s Studies."  Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 32:2 (December 2015).

  • “The Personal is Professional.” Guest Editor.  Response forum published with “Personal History,” featuring Joanna Brooks, Carolyn Eastman, Robert Fanuzzi, Tamara Harvey, Carla Peterson, and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.  Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 32:2 (December 2015).

  • “Charles Brockden Brown and Susanna Rowson.”  8000-word chapter.  The Oxford History of the Novel in English, Gen. Ed. Patrick Parrinder.  Volume 5: The American Novel to 1870, Ed. Gerald Kennedy and Leland S. Person. Oxford University Press, 2014.

  • Susanna Rowson’s Charlotte Temple: A Norton Critical Edition.  Editor. W.W. Norton & Co., 2010.
  • Prodigal Daughters: Susanna Rowson’s Early American Women.  Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, University of North Carolina Press, 2008.

  • Other articles and reviews have appeared in the William & Mary Quarterly, Early American Literature, Studies in American Fiction, Novel, The New England Quarterly, Modern Philology, The Journal of American History, Common-Place and elsewhere.