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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

    Grants & Awards

    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)


     “Good Names: Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa.” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation (forthcoming).
     “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 Presentations

    “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

    ENG 162: America from Outside

    ENG 206: Studies in American Literature 1

    ENG 207: Studies in American Literature 2
    ENG 270: Reading Characters in American Literature