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Dr Andrew Lawson


About Dr Andrew Lawson

Andrew's background is in the interdisciplinary study of American literature and history, with a particular focus on the history of capitalism in the United States and the formation of the middle class. His first book explores the tensions and ambiguities of Walt Whitman's lower-middle-class identity; a recent study of American realism shows how a literary genre central to middle-class culture emerged as a response to the instabilities of the nineteenth century economy.

Andrew’s first book was Walt Whitman and the Class Struggle (University of Iowa Press, 2006). He has also published Downwardly Mobile: The Changing Fortunes of American Literature (Oxford University Press, 2011), and edited a collection of essays, Class and the Making of American Literature: Created Unequal (Routledge, 2014).

Current Teaching

  • Writing America and Modern American Drama (BA English Literature)
  • Neoliberal Fictions (MA in Contemporary Literatures)

Research Interests

Andrew's work has contributed to a new awareness of class in American literary and cultural history. He is currently editing a collection of essays by established and emerging scholars on this theme, Class and the Making of American Literature: Created Unequal, to be published by Routledge.

Andrew’s current research project is “Speculating on the Self,” an interdisciplinary study of how a capitalist economy and culture developed in America from the colonial period to the early nineteenth century.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (3)

  • Lawson A (2012), Moby-Dick and the American empire. Comparative American Studies, vol. 10 (1), p. 45-62.
    https://doi.org/10.1179/1477570011Z.0000000003
  • Lawson A (2011), "Perpetual capital": Roderick Hudson, aestheticism, and the problem of inheritance. Henry James Review, vol. 32 (2), p. 178-191.
    https://doi.org/10.1353/hjr.2011.0010
  • Lawson A (2010), Men of Small Property: Harry Franco and Henry Ward Beecher in the Antebellum Market. Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life, vol. 10 (4), p. 178-191.

Books (2)

  • Lawson A (2012) Downwardly Mobile: The Changing Fortunes of American Realism. . Oxford University Press, USA.
  • Lawson A (2006) Walt Whitman and the class struggle. . University Of Iowa Press.

Chapters (1)

  • Lawson A (2011) Twain, Class, and The Gilded Cage. In: Lawson A The Cambridge History of the American Novel. : Cambridge University Press, pp. 365-379.
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