Les Harrison

Associate Professor
Director of MA
hlharrison@vcu.edu
(804) 827-8428
Hibbs Hall 415

Education

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.

Book

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

Editorships

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. 

Featured

Four VCU Faculty Members Receive Prestigious Fulbright Awards

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Faculty photo by Patrick Scott Vickers – 2014