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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.

Current Issue:


“Something within the Silent Black Man Answered No!“; or, Is Bartleby Uncle Tom on Wall Street?

Laura Korobkin

“The Sense of Liberty”: Rethinking Liberalism and Sentimentality in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Antislavery Fiction

Scott M. Reznick

“Not the Abstract Question of Democracy”: The Social Ground of Whitman’s “Lilacs”

Tobias Huttner

Whitman’s Eugenic Sustainability

Abby L. Goode