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Jeff Clymer

Research Interests:
19th and 20th century American literature
Economic Humanities
Colonial Through Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature and Culture

Ph.D. Duke University


I study nineteenth and twentieth-century US literature, particularly literature's engagement with economic and legal issues. I am excited to work with potential graduate students in the areas of critical finance studies, law and literature, and literature and economics.


Areas of Specialty:

  • American Literature
  • Literature and Economics
  • Literature and Law
  • Critical Finance Studies
Selected Publications:


Family Money: Property, Race, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century.  Oxford University Press, 2012.

America's Culture of Terrorism: Violence, Capitalism and the Written Word. The University of North Carolina Press, 2003.

Selected Articles:

"Race and Economic Justice in Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue. Forthcoming in Arizona Quarterly.

"Dreiser's Financier Among the Risk Professionals." Studies in American Fiction 48 (2021).

"Family Money: Race and Economic Rights in Antebellum US Law and Fiction." American Literary History 21 (2009).

"Property and Selfhood in Herman Melville's Pierre." Nineteenth-Century Literature 61 (2006).

"The Market in Male Bodies: Henry James’s The American and Late-Nineteenth-Century Boxing." The Henry James Review 25 (2004).

"Martin Delany’s Blake and the Transnational Politics of Property." American Literary History 15 (2003).

"Modeling, Diagramming, and Early Twentieth-Century Histories of Invention and Entrepreneurship: Henry Ford, Sherwood Anderson, Samuel Insull." Cambridge Journal of American Studies 36 (2002).

"The 1886 Chicago Haymarket Bombing and the Rhetoric of Terrorism in America." Yale Journal of Criticism 15 (2002).

"‘This Firm of Men-Killers’: Jack London and the Business of Terrorism." Modern Fiction Studies 45 (1999).

"Race and the Protocol of American Citizenship in William Dean Howells’ An Imperative Duty." American Literary Realism 30 (1998).

"‘Mr. Nobody from Nowhere’: Rudolph Valentino, Jay Gatsby, and the End of the American Race." Genre 29 (1996).