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  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

My book on American magazines, The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture, about how advertising became an ordinary and accepted part of American media, won the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing’s prize for the best book of 1996 on the history of the book. I have written and lectured in Europe and the US on scrapbooks and on women’s bicycling, as well as on magazines, billboards, women editors, and stories about slave ships.
Writing with Scissors tells about how m en and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks – 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.

With Jacqueline Ellis of Women's and Gender Studies, I edit the journal Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy.  

  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. 

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