Les Harrison

Associate Professor
Director of MA
(804) 827-8428
Hibbs Hall 415


BA Miami University
MA, PhD Texas A&M University

Research/Teaching Focus

Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture. Museum Culture. Early American Literature. Scholarly Editing and Digital Publishing.


The Temple and the Forum: The Museum and Cultural Authority in Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe and Whitman. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2007.

Recent/Selected Publications

“Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville” in Hawthorne in Context. Ed. Monika Elbert. Cambridge UP, 2016.

Ed. with Wesley Raabe. “A Selection from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin: A Digital Critical Edition: “Topsy.” Scholarly Editing: The Annual for the Association of Documentary Editing 33.1 (2012) http://www.scholarlyediting.org/2012/editions/intro.utctopsy.html

“January 29,1852, Chapter 31, Part 1: Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the National Era, Commentary by Les Harrison.”  The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society. 29 January 2012. http://nationalera.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/january-29-1852/

“February 26, 1852, Chapter 35: Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the National Era, Commentary by Les Harrison.” The Harriet Beecher Stowe Society. 26 February 2012. http://nationalera.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/february-26-1852/

Recent Lectures

“‘The elaborate frivolity of chess’: Poe, Chess, and the C19 Recreational Commons.” Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference, 29 February – 1 March, New York, NY.
** “Roundtable: Digital Poe.” Fourth International Edgar Allan Poe Conference, 29 February –  1 March, New York, NY.
“‘A hideous throng rush out forever’ – ‘The Haunted Palace’ and the Tomb of Mass Culture.” American Literature Association, 22 – 25 May 2014, Washington, D.C.
** “Recent American Trends in Digital Humanities and Instructional Technology.”. KATHO (Katholieke Hogeschool Zuid-West-Vlaanderen), 25 May 2013, Kortrijk, Belgium.
** Invited Talk


Co-Editor, with Colin Dewwy, Melville and Art, The Melville Electronic Library.

Undergraduate Engagement

Faculty Advisor, VCU Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society.

Recent Grants

Fulbright Scholars Grant. Universiteit Gent, Spring 2013. 


Four VCU Faculty Members Receive Prestigious Fulbright Awards

Student Support Certification



Faculty photo by Patrick Scott Vickers – 2014

Upcoming Deadlines

Department Orientation Sessions
AUGUST 15, 2019

Classes Begin
AUGUST 20, 2019

Add/Drop Deadline
AUGUST 26, 2019

Graduation Application Deadline

Fall Reading Day
OCTOBER 10, 2019

Course Withdrawal Deadline
NOVEMBER 1, 2019

Last Day of Classes
DECEMBER 9, 2019

British Virginia

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British Virginia is a VCU-hosted series of scholarly editions of documents touching on the colony. These texts range from the 16th and 17th-century literature of English exploration to the 19th-century writing of loyalists and other Virginians who continued to identify with Great Britain. Editions appear principally in digital form, freely downloadable. 

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