Lesley Ginsberg, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Stanford University; B.A. University of California at Berkeley

Research Interests

Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, Early American Literature and Culture, American Women Writers, American Gothic, American Romanticism, Fictions of American Childhood, Authorship and Audience in American Literature through 1900, Book History, New Historicist Theory and Practice.

Selected Publications

  • “Hawthorne, Grace Greenwood, and the Culture of Pedagogy.” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 36:1 (Spring 2010): 47-71.
  • “A New Historicist Approach to Teaching ‘The Black Cat,’” in Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock and Anthony Magistrale, eds., Approaches to Teaching Poe’s Prose and Poetry (New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2008), 97-103.
  • “‘I am your slave for love’: Race, Sentimental Culture, and Stowe’s Fiction for Children,” in Monika Elbert, ed., Enterprising Youth: Social Values and the Project of Acculturation in Nineteenth-Century American Children’s Literature (New York: Routledge, 2008), 97-113.
  • “The Making of Grace Greenwood: James T. Fields, Antebellum Authorship, and the Woman Writer,” in Earl Yarington and Mary De Jong, eds., Popular Nineteenth Century American Women Writers and the Literary Marketplace (Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), 189-214.
  • “‘Our Children Are Our Best Works’: Mary Ware Allen’s Transcendental Education,” in Peter Benes, ed., Worlds of Children, 1600-1900, 2002 Proceedings of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife (Boston: Boston University Press, 2004), 78-92.
  • “Of Babies, Beasts, and Bondage: Equality and the Question of Citizenship in Antebellum American Children’s Literature,” in Caroline F. Levander and Carol J. Singley, eds., The American Child: A Cultural Studies Reader (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2003), 85-105.
  • “The ABCs of The Scarlet Letter,” Studies in American Fiction 29:1 (Spring 2001): 13-31.
  • “Slavery and the Gothic Horror of Poe’s ‘The Black Cat,’” in Robert K. Martin and Eric Savoy, eds., American Gothic: New Interventions in a National Narrative (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1998), 99-128.
  • “‘The Willing Captive’: Narrative Seduction and the Ideology of Love in Hawthorne’s A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys,” American Literature 65:2 (June 1993): 255-273. PDF

Courses Taught at UCCS

  • ENGL 430/ 4300 (American Gothic)
  • ENGL 3350 (American Romanticism through Realism)
  • ENGL 3200 (American Women Writers through 1924)
  • ENGL 338/ 3380 (Survey of American Literature I)
  • ENGL 339 (Survey of American Literature II)
  • ENGL 498 (Major Authors: Nathaniel Hawthorne)
  • ENGL 430 (Nineteenth-Century American Literatures of the Child)
  • ENGL 430 (Antebellum American Literature and Culture)
  • ENGL 390: (American Romanticism)
  • ENGL 290 (Classics of Children's Literature)
  • ENGL 190/2010 (Introduction to Literary Studies)
  • ENGL 150/1500 (Introduction to Literature for Non-Majors)
  • HUM 399/3990 (The Civil War and American Culture)
  • HUM 399/3990 (Faulkner, Morrison, and the South)
  • HUM 399/3990 (Romanticism, Transcendentalism and the Death of the Sublime)