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2018 First Book Institute

The 2018 First Book Institute was co-directed by CALS Director Sean X. Goudie and Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English and Women's Studies at Duke University. Institute faculty included Penn State professors Chris Castiglia, Tina Chen, Claire Colebrook, Amy Greenberg, Jonathan Marks, Jeff Nealon, Steele Nowlin, Matthew Restall, Matt Tierney, and Sarah Townsend.

FBI participants

2018 Participants

Back row: Jordan Carroll, Katie Walkiewicz, Co-director Priscilla Wald, Co-director Sean Goudie, Ben Bascom

Front Row: Juliana Chow, Sunny Xiang, Christine (Xine) Yao, Mary Kuhn, Chris Perreira

  •  Ben Bascom, Assistant Professor of English, Ball State University

      Project Title: Feeling Singular: Masculinity and Desire in the Early United States

  •  Jordan Carroll, Postdoctoral Scholar and Associate Director, ModLab Digital Humanities Lab, Department of  English, University of California, Davis

      Project Title: Publishing the Unpublishable: Obscenity and Editorship in U. S. Literary Culture

  •  Juliana Chow, Assistant Professor of English, Saint Louis University

 Project Title: Diminishment: Partial Readings in American Regionalism and the Casualties of Natural     History 

  •  Mary Kuhn, Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities, University of Virginia

      Project Title: The Garden Politic: Radical Plants in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

      Project Title: Manufacturing Prisoner-Patient Consent: Race, Violence, and the Medical Archive

  •  Kathryn Walkiewicz, Assistant Professor of Literature, University of California San Diego

      Project Title: Un-tied States: Nineteenth-Century Narratives of Indigeneity and Territory

  •  Sunny Xiang, Assistant Professor of English, Yale University

      Project Title: Neutral Tones: A Sense of Race

  •  Christine Yao, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

      Project Title: Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth-Century America