Michelle Kohler

Assistant Professor of English

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Norman Mayer Room 237
Telephone: (504) 862-8178
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Michelle Kohler specializes in nineteenth-century American literature, with a particular interest in Emily Dickinson's engagement with cultural discourses such as Transcendentalism, Civil War rhetoric, and post-Darwinian evolutionary debates.  Kohler's essays (on Dickinson, William Dean Howells, Sarah Winnemucca, vision and literary form, medieval comedy, etc.) have appeared in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Arizona Quarterly, The Emily Dickinson Journal, American Literary Realism, and The Chaucer Review.  Her book, Miles of Stare: Transcendentalism and the Problem of Literary Vision in NIneteenth-Century America (forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press in 2014) studies the historical emergence and influence of the Transcendentalists' peculiar, problematic visual metaphor for writing and traces its subsequent fate in the hands of other nineteenth-century American writers, including Douglass, Hawthorne, Dickinson, and Howells.   She is currently working on a book about Emily Dickinson and nineteenth-century American constructions of time.

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