Long essays


Beyond Radical Enchantment: Mesmerizing Laborers in the Americas

Critical Inquiry 42.4 (Summer 2016): 815-41.

Is enchantment radical? Mesmerism's US founding, from Paris hospital to Guadeloupe plantation to New England factory

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Pointing the Finger

J19 1.1 (Spring 2013): 166-72.

W. J. Winsor's rheumatic drops and the hermeneutics of suspicion

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Edgar Huntly and the Regulation of the Senses

American Literature 85.3 (2013): 419-45. 

Somnambulism, psychoanalysis, and the romance thesis of American literature


Mesmer's Demon: Fiction, Falsehood, and the Mechanical Imagination

Early American Literature 47.1 (2012): 143-70. 

Eighteenth-century America learns what Benjamin Franklin thinks of mesmerism (hint: it does not exist)