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  • Peter Jaros

    Assistant Professor of English
    Office: KEI


    Ph.D. English, Northwestern University, 2009.
    M.A. English, Northwestern University, 2002.
    B.A. Psychology, magna cum laude, Yale University, 1998.

    Research Interests

    Early and Antebellum American Literature and Culture, Transatlantic Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture, Critical Theory, Print Culture, Law and Literature

    Grants & Awards

    NEH Post-Doctoral Fellow, Library Company of Philadelphia (2013-14)
    Consortium Summer Faculty Fellow, McNeil Center for Early American Studies (2011)
    Honorable Mention, Richard Beale Davis Prize (for the best article published in Early American Literature) (2009-10)
    Fellow, Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Foundation (2007-09)
    Phi Beta Kappa (1998)


    “The Faculties of Law: Robert Montgomery Bird's Sheppard Lee as Legal Fiction.” (forthcoming).
    “A Double Life: Personifying the Corporation from Dartmouth College to Poe.” Poe Studies (forthcoming).
    “Good Names: Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 54.1 (2013).
     “Personating Stephen Burroughs: The Apparitions of a Public Specter.” Early American Literature 44.3 (2009).
    Translation (from French): Jean-Luc Nancy and Emmanuel Alloa, “The Real Outside Is ‘at the Heart’ of the Inside: An Interview with Jean-Luc Nancy.” Atopia 9 (2006).



    Selected Recent Presentations

    “A Creature of Law in the Wilderness: Irving’s Astoria.” C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Chapel Hill. 15 March 2014.

    Sheppard Lee and Supernatural Law.” Modern Language Association. Marriott Chicago Downtown. Chicago. 10 January 2014.

    “Facing History: Charles Brockden Brown, Physiognomics, and Temporality.” The Revolutionary Atlantic: Acts of Alienation and Sedition, 1780-1830 (Charles Brockden Brown Society Biennial Conference). Université Paris IV—Sorbonne. Paris. 12 October 2013.

    “Face Time: Charles Brockden Brown and the Temporalities of Physiognomics”; Panel Organizer: “The Temporal Turn in Early American Perspective.” Society of Early Americanists. Hyatt Regency. Savannah. 1 March 2013.

    “Collective Action, Corporate Fiction, and The Confidence-Man.” Modern Language Association. Sheraton Boston. Boston, 3 January 2013.

    “Crises of Personhood: Sheppard Lee and the 1837-38 Pennsylvania Convention.” American Studies Association. Puerto Rico Convention Center. San Juan, PR, 17 November 2012.

    “The Antebellum Corporation in Literature and Law: A Chapter in the Prehistory of Citizens United.” Franklin & Marshall Alumni College 2012. Lancaster, PA, 1 June 2012. (Invited lecture.)

    “How to Kill a Corporation: Corporate Mortality in Law and Verse”; Panel Organizer: “Corporate Fictions.” American Literature Association. Hyatt Regency. San Francisco, 26 May 2012.

    “Equiano, the Author.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Vancouver, Canada, 17-20 March 2011.

    “Lavater and Levinas on Traits that Withdraw.” Fading Figures/Figures of Fading Colloquium. Northwestern University. Evanston, IL, 14 May 2010.

    “The Swiss Atlantic? Another Look at the ‘Atlantic World.’” Society of Early Americanists. Hamilton, Bermuda, 4-7 March 2009.

    “The Character of the Citizen: Physiognomy and Republicanism in the Early American Public Sphere.” Pennsylvania Historical Association. Bethlehem, PA, 16 October 2008.

    “‘Fairly exposed to public view’: Picturing Stephen Burroughs.” American Literature Association. Hyatt Regency. San Francisco, 24 May 2008.

    “Arresting Characters: Physiognomy and Interruption”; Panel Chair: “Shady Characters and Sketchy Science.” International Conference on Narrative. University of Texas at Austin. Austin, 2 May 2008.

    Course Information

    CNX 135: America from Outside

    ENG 206: Studies in American Literature 1

    ENG 207: Studies in American Literature 2

    ENG 372: Reading Characters in American Literature
    ENG 461: Making Persons in American Literature