Randall Fuller PhD

Department Chairperson of English
Chapman Professor of English Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
English Language and Literature
Zink Hall 315 918-631-2812


Randall Fuller's abiding interest is in nineteenth-century American literature and culture. In his first book he examined the uses to which Ralph Waldo Emerson was put by cultural critics during the century following his death. His next book was a group biography of American writers during the Civil War. Currently Fuller is at work on a study that examines the way Darwin's On the Origin of Species was received by a cluster of American intellectuals in the year before the Civil War began.

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
M.A., Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., University of Missouri

Nineteenth-century American literature and culture with particular foci on Transcendentalism
The American Civil War
Science and Literature
The Novel

Nineteenth-century American literature and culture with particular foci on Transcendentalism
The American Civil War
Science and Literature
The Novel

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.


From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature, Oxford University Press, 2011. Reviewed in American Literary History, Journal of American Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Journal of American History, New England Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Civil War History, Social History, The Boston Globe, Christianity & Literature, Library Journal, The Weekly Standard, and others.

The Business of Reflection: Hawthorne in His Notebooks, co-edited with Robert Milder, Ohio State University Press, 2009. Reviewed in Nineteenth-Century Literature, NBOL-19.

Emerson’s Ghosts: Literature, Politics, and the Making of Americanists, Oxford University Press, 2007; paperback, 2010. Reviewed in New England Quarterly, Studies in the Novel.

Darwin in America (working title) - Surveys the reception of Darwin by transcendentalists, social reformers, and scientists during a crucial year in American cultural history, 1860. Forthcoming from Viking Press in 2016.

Book Reviews

“Life During Wartime,” lead book review, Wall Street Journal, 26 April 2014.

“Randall Fuller: Five Best Books Inspired by the Civil War,” Wall Street Journal, 8 March 2014.

The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth Century American Literature,” ed. by Russ Castronovo, Review 19 (, July 31, 2012.

Devils and Rebels: The Making of Hawthorne’s Damned Politics, by Larry J. Reynolds, New England Quarterly 82: 4 (2009), pp. 714-716.

Men of Letters in the Early Republic: Cultivating Forms of Citizenship, by Catherine O’Donnell Kaplan,” New England Quarterly 81: 4 (2008), pp. 724-726.

Ecopoiesis,” Journal of Modern Literature, 29:4 (2006), pp. 201-06.

Journal Articles

“Critics: 1945-2012,” in Emerson in Context, ed. Wesley T. Mott, Cambridge University Press, December 2013.

“Reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” Humanities, March/April 2013, pp. 13-18

“The Image of a Writer,” Humanities, November/December 2012, pp. 14-18.

“Daybreak Gray and Dim,” Humanities, January/February 2011, pp. 14-21.

“Hawthorne and War,” New England Quarterly, December 2007.

“Politics, Aesthetics, Homosexuality: F. O. Matthiessen and the Tragedy of the American Scholar,” June 2007, American Literature.

“Errand into the Wilderness: Perry Miller as American Scholar,” American Literary History 18 (Spring 2006), pp.102-128.

“Teaching Don DeLillo’s White Noise,” in MLA’s Approaches to Teaching Don DeLillo White Noise, ed. by Tim Engles and John N. Duvall (New York: MLA, 2006), pp 19-26.

“Theaters of the American Revolution: The Valley Forge Cato and the Meschianza in Their Transcultural Contexts,” Early American Literature, 34:2 (1999), pp.126-46.

“Emerson in the Gilded Age,” ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, 45:2 (1999), pp. 97-129.

“The ‘American Renaissance’ After the Civil War,” Cambridge History of American Civil War Literature, ed. Coleman Hutchison, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015.


“When Billy and Johnny Got Back,” Wall Street Journal, 10 April 2015.

“Nevermore Into the Breach,” Wall Street Journal, 26 December 2014.

“Paralysis in Athens,” New York Times, A27, June 6, 2012.

“We Bled in the Corn,” Disunion column, New York Times, August 10, 2011.

“We Shall See What Stuff You Are Made,” Disunion column, New York Times, June 6, 2011.

“An Interview with Richard Powers,” The Missouri Review, 26: 1 (2003), pp. 97-113.

“An Interview with Diane Johnson,” The Missouri Review, XXV: 2 (2002), pp. 109-23.

“An Interview with Rick Moody,” The Missouri Review, XXIV: 3 (2001), pp. 79-94.

ENGL 2313 Reading Major American Writers
ENGL 7523 American Literature, 1865-1914
ENGL 7993 Directed M.A. Research; Directed Writing
ENGL 8193 Special Topics in American Literature
ENGL 8793 Qualifying Exam Preparation
ENGL 9989 Dissertation
FS 1973 First Seminar
HON 3003 Modernization and Its Discontents