Associate Professor of English; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTM);
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for the Study of the U.S. & Collaborative Program in Book History and Print Culture, University of Toronto
UTM Office Phone:
St. George Office Location:
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 805
UTM Office Location:
University of Toronto at Mississauga, North Building, Room 298
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Teaching and Research Interests
American Literature; African-American Literature; Nineteenth-Century American Culture; Slavery and Antebellum Reform; Law, Culture & Humanities; Book History & Print Culture; Afro-Diasporic Literature and Culture.
B.A. (Vassar College), M.A. (Yale), M.A., Ph.D. (Pennsylvania)
Professor DeLombard’s research examines transatlantic print culture at the multiple points where law, slavery, and citizenship intersect. Her most recent book, In the Shadow of the Gallows: Race, Crime, and American Civic Identity
(University of Pennsylvania Press 2012) serves as a prequel of sorts to Slavery on Trial: Law, Print, and Abolitionism
(University of North Carolina Press 2007). Her current book project, Ebony Idols & Blackened Reputations
, views the phenomenon of the fugitive slave celebrity author in light of privacy and other dignitary harms.
The 2010-11 Dornsife Fellow at the Huntington Library and 2007 NEH Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, Professor DeLombard has also held recent fellowships at Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Centre, the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. Since 2003, her work has received generous support from three SSHRC Standard Research Grants.
Professor DeLombard serves on the editorial board of American Literature
. In 2009 she was elected lifetime member of the American Antiquarian Society. She was awarded the Melville Society’s Hennig Cohen Prize for the Best Work in Melville Studies in 2010.
She is currently working with Professors Tess Chakkalakal (Bowdoin) and Kenneth Warren (University of Chicago), to bring “Editing Early African American Literature,” the 2012 Conference on Editorial Problems, to St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. http://projects.chass.utoronto.ca/cep/cep2012.html
In the Shadow of the Gallows: Race, Crime, and American Civic Identity. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012
“Apprehending Early African American Literary History.” Early African American Print Culture in Theory and Practice. Ed. Lara Langer Cohen and Jordan Alexander Stein. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.
“Making Waves on the Black Atlantic: The Case of John Anderson.” Special Issue: Slavery and Abolition
. Ed. Fionnghuala Sweeney and Alan Rice. February 2012.
“The Novel and the Reconstruction Amendments.” The American Novel: 1870-1940
. Ed. Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott. Vol. 6 of The Oxford History of the Novel in English
. Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013.
“Slave Narratives and U.S. Legal History.” The Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative
. Ed. John Ernest. Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2013.
“Law and Literature.” A Companion to American Legal History.
Ed. Sally Hadden and Al Brophy. Blackwell Companions to American History Series. Oxford: Blackwell., forthcoming 2013.
“Melville, Slavery, and Law.” The New Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville
, 2nd ed. Ed. Robert S. Levine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013.
“Salvaging Legal Personhood: Melville’s Benito Cereno
.” American Literature
81.1 (March 2009): 35-64.
- Winner, Hennig Cohen Prize, Melville Society
“African-American Cultures of Print.” The Industrial Book, 1840-1880
. Ed. Scott Casper, Jeffrey Groves, Stephen Nissenbaum, and Michael Winship. Vol. 3 of A History of the Book in America
. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007. 601-626.
Slavery on Trial: Law, Abolitionism, and Print Culture. Studies in Legal History Series. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.
"Representing the Slave: White Advocacy and Black Testimony in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Dred.” New England Quarterly
75.1 (March 2002): 80-106.
- Excerpted in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Nineteenth-Century Novelists, Poets, Playwrights, Short-Story Writers, & Other Creative Writers. Vol. 133. Ed. Russel Whitaker. New York: Thomson/Gale, 2004. 354-66.
“Advocacy ‘in the Name of Charity’? Or Barratry, Champerty, and Maintenance? Legal Rhetoric and the Debate over Slavery in Antebellum Print Culture.” Law and Literature
. Ed. Brook Thomas and Gunter Narr. Law and Literature
. Special issue of REAL: Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature
18 (2002): 259-87.
“‘Eye-witness to the Cruelty’: Southern Violence and Northern Testimony in Frederick Douglass’ 1845 Narrative
.” American Literature
73.2 (June 2001): 245-75.
“Postcolonial East African Literature: Towards a Literature of the People, for the People and by the People.” English Postcoloniality: Literature from Around the World
. Ed. Gita Rajan and Radhika Mohanram. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1996. 63-76.
“Mzee's New Clothes: Neo-Colonial Detention as a Spectacle of Invisibility.” Ngugi wa Thiong'o: Texts and Contexts
. Ed. Charles Cantalupo. Trenton: Africa World Press, 1995. 49-60.
Selected Journalism, Trade Publications, and Broadcast Appearances
“Choosing Our Better History,” Ottawa Citizen
, 5 November 2008
- Republished as “Are Americans Ready to Choose Our Better History?” in Edmonton Journal, 10 November 2008
, CBC Radio, 5 November 2008
“Femmenism.” To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism
. Ed. Rebecca Walker. New York: Anchor-Doubleday, 1995. 21-33.
- Republished in Feminist Theory: A Reader. Ed. Wendy Kolmar and Frances Bartowski. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, 2000. 497-502.
- Republished in Feminist Theory: A Reader. 3rd Edition. Ed. Wendy Kolmar and Frances Bartowski. New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2009.
- Excerpted in Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America. Ed. Penny Colman. New York: Scholastic, 2000.
“Who Cares? Lesbian Caregivers.” Dyke Life: From Growing Up to Growing Old — A Celebration of the Lesbian Experience
. Ed. Karla Jay. New York: HarperCollins-BasicBooks, 1995. 344-361.
- Winner of the 1996 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Studies