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Department of English ESQ

ESQ is devoted to the study of nineteenth-century American literature. We invite submission of original articles, welcome work grounded in a wide range of theoretical and critical perspectives, and encourage inquiries proposing submissions and projects. Please contact us with comments and queries.

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Distributed Agency: David Walker’s Appeal, Black Readership, and the Politics of Self-Deportation

Gordon Fraser

“From the Slave’s Point of View”: Toward a Phenomenology of Witnessing in Frederick Douglass’ 1845 Narrative

Jennifer Lewis

Squeezing Sperm: Nativism, Queer Contact, and the Futures of Democratic Intimacy in Moby-Dick

Kellen Bolt

E. Pauline Johnson’s Poetic Acts

Elissa Zellinger