Ellen Gruber Garvey, Professor in the English Department of New Jersey City University. Welcome! I also teach in the Honors Program and in Women's and Gender Studies.
My most recent book
Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance, published by Oxford University Press has won four awards. You can read a blog entry on it here.
Writing with Scissors tells about
en and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks â€“ the ancestors of Google and blogging. From Mark Twain to Susan B. Anthony, African American janitors to farmwomen, abolitionists to Confederates, people cut out and pasted down their reading. Their work reveals their personal, passionate, often critical and always dynamic relationship to media. You can find more about it on the Scrapbook History blog.
I am past President of the New York Metro American Studies Association and the Research Society for American Periodicals, whose website I initiated. I have held fellowships from the
National Endowment for the Humanities,
the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, NC,
the Massachusetts Historical Society and the American Antiquarian Society. I also taught in the Netherlands for a semester as the
Fulbright Walt Whitman Distinguished Lecturing Chair in American Literature. For the spring, 2015 semester you can find me teaching at the Universite Paris 8/St. Denis as a Visiting Professor.
My teaching interests include 19th century American literature, print culture, new media, lesbian and gay literature, African American literature, popular literature, and children's literature.