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Erin Forbes

Assistant Professor for the Department of English
Affiliated with the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies
Ph.D. and M.A., Princeton University
B.A., Reed College
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Erin Forbes joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming in 2009, where she teaches American and African American literature from contact through the twentieth century. She teaches the following courses:

  • Introduction to African American Literature (ENGL/AADS 2350)

  • Literatures in English III, 1865-the present (ENGL 2435)

  • American Prose 1865-1920 (ENGL 4370)

  • Religion and American Women Writers (ENGL 4640/RELI/WMST 4500/AAST 4990)
  • Literature of Enslavement (ENGL/AADS 4990/5990)

  • American Gothic (ENGL 5230)


Top Ten Teacher, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Wyoming (2014)

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship (2 months), The Huntington Library (2013-2014)

Basic Research Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Wyoming (2013)

Finalist for the Zuckerman Prize in American Studies, McNeil Center for Early American Studies (2010)

A&S Student Council Thumb’s Up Award, University of Wyoming (2010)

Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society (2008)

American Studies Summer Research Prize, Princeton University (2008)

Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Fellowship, Princeton (2007-08)

Princeton Center for the Study of Religion Research Award (2006-07)

Phi Beta Kappa (2002)

Current Research Projects:

Criminal Genius: Aesthetic Agency in American Literature. Book-length manuscript.

“Voices from Below: Spiritualism and Social Life in Harriet Jacobs’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.” Article.

“Plants, Poisons and Persons: Ecological Technê in Crévecoeur and Hawthorne.” Article.

Selected Publications:

 “From Prison Cell to Slave Ship: Social Death in ‘The Premature Burial,’” Poe Studies: History, Theory and Interpretation 46.1 (December 2013).

“‘Between the Human and Brutal Creation’: Posthuman Agency and the Samuel Frost Corpus.” Forthcoming in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.

“Edgar Allan Poe and the Great Dismal Swamp: Reading Race and Environment after the Aesthetic Turn.” Forthcoming in Modern Philology.

 “Race, Writing and Environment in Early America.” Review Essay. Forthcoming in American Studies.

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Erin Forbes
Research: Forbes’s research focuses broadly on the questions about the nature of human agency that emerge when we look carefully at the relationship between text, body, and history in 18th- and 19th- century American and African American print culture. She is at work on a book about intersections of race, criminality and aesthetics from the 1790s through the Civil War.

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