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Michelle Sizemore

Research Interests:
Colonial Through Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
Literary Theory

Areas of Interest:

  • Political Theory
  • Aesthetics
  • Affect Studies
  • Literature and Science




PhD, University of Wisconsin.

BA, University of Kentucky.

Sample Publications:
Selected Publications:


American Enchantment: Rituals of the People in the Postrevolutionary World (Oxford UP, 2018).



"Scrupulous Sincerity." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. 34.1 (June 2017): 183-193.

“ ‘Changing by Enchantment’: Temporal Convergence and Early National Comparisons in Washington Irving’s Sketchbook.” Studies in American Fiction. 40.2 (2013): 157-180.

“When are the People?: Temporality, Popular Sovereignty, and the U.S. Settler State.”  South Central Review Special Issue on U.S. Imperialism. 30.1(2013): 3-31.


Book Chapters:

“Comfort.” Democracies in America, eds. Greg Laski and Bert Emerson. (Oxford UP, 2023). 

“The Affective Post-War.” Nineteenth-Century American Literature in Transition, Vol 1, eds. William Huntting Howell and Greta LaFleur. (Cambridge UP, 2022). 

"Rites and Times of the Grand Tour." Rip Van Winkle's Republic. eds. Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg. (LSU, 2022).

“Time and the Literary Archive." Cambridge Critical Concepts: Time and Literature (Cambridge UP, 2018).



Wendy Bellion, Iconoclasm in New York: Revolution to Reenactment. (University Park, PA: Penn State Univ. Press, 2019). Early American Literature, 2021.

A Question of Time: American Literature from Colonial Encounter to Contemporary Fiction. Edited by Cindy Weinstein. (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2018). New England Quarterly, 2020.

Community without Consent: New Perspectives on the Stamp Act. Edited by Zachary McLeod Hutchins. (Hanover: Dartmouth College Press, 2016). ALH Online Review Series XIV (February 2018).

The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont, 1715-1747: A Sojourner in the French Atlantic, Jean-FranÇois-Benjamin Dumont de Montigny. Edited by Gordon Sayre and Carla Zecher. Translated by Gordon Sayre. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012). Early American Literature 50.1 (January 2015).


Web Publications:

“Do the Math and Delight.” The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought. Fall 2018.

“Sincerity and the Gothic Turn.” Just Teach One Blog. Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life. February 2016.