Michelle Sizemore

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  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • American Studies
  • English
  • Social Theory
1259 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:

Additional Areas of Interest:

  • Political Theory
  • Aesthetics
  • Affect Studies
  • Literature and Para-Religion
  • Literature and Science




MA and PhD, University of Wisconsin

BA, University of Kentucky

Fall 2020 Courses

ENG 251: Survey of American Literature I

Selected Publications: 


American Enchantment: Rituals of the People in the Postrevolutionary World (Oxford UP, 2018)

American Enchantment argues that “enchantment" becomes a vital mode of enacting the people after the demise of traditional monarchical forms. My book investigates this phenomenon throughout a wide range of social and political rituals and literary and cultural discourses. In works by Charles Brockden Brown, Washington Irving, Catharine Sedgwick, and Nathaniel Hawthorne—as well as in Delaware oral histories, accounts of George Washington’s inauguration, Erasmus Darwin’s medical studies, and Methodist conversion narratives—enchantment is an experience uniquely capable of producing new forms of popular power and social affiliation. Recognizing the role of enchantment in constituting the people overturns some of our most common-sense assumptions: above all, the people are not simply a flesh-and-blood substance but also a quasi-mystical force.




"Scrupulous Sincerity." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. 34.1 (June 2017): 183-193.

“ ‘Changing by Enchantment’: Temporal Convergence and Early National Comparisons in Washington Irving’s Sketchbook.” Studies in American Fiction. 40.2 (2013): 157-180.

“When are the People?: Temporality, Popular Sovereignty, and the U.S. Settler State.”  South Central Review Special Issue on U.S. Imperialism. 30.1(2013): 3-31.


Book Chapters:

“Comfort.” Democracies in America, eds. Greg Laski and Bert Emerson (Forthcoming with Oxford UP, 2020). 

“Time and the Literary Archive." Cambridge Critical Concepts: Time and Literature (Cambridge UP, 2018).



Community without Consent: New Perspectives on the Stamp Act. Edited by Zachary McLeod Hutchins. (Hanover: Dartmouth College Press, 2016). ALH Online Review Series XIV (February 2018).

The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont, 1715-1747: A Sojourner in the French Atlantic, Jean-FranÇois-Benjamin Dumont de Montigny. Edited by Gordon Sayre and Carla Zecher. Translated by Gordon Sayre. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012). Early American Literature.50.1 (January 2015).


Web Publications:

“Do the Math and Delight.” The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought. Fall 2018.

“Sincerity and the Gothic Turn.” Just Teach One Blog. Common-Place: The Journal of Early American Life. February 2016.


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