Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Justine S. Murison

Associate Professor of English

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Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2006; M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2000; B.A., American University, 1997


Slavery and Identity in Nineteenth-Century America (397); The American Novel to 1914 (250); Survey of American Literature 1 (255); Madness in Antebellum America (475); American Literature, 1820-1865 (449); Major Authors: Edgar Allan Poe (455); Nineteenth-Century American Gothic (300); Literature and Culture of the American Civil War (461), American Affects (547)

Research Interests

Nineteenth-Century American Literature; Early American Literature; Medicine and Literature; Secular Studies; Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World; History of the Novel

Selected Publications


  • The Politics of Anxiety in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Journal Articles

  • "The Tyranny of Sleep: Somnambulism, Moral Citizenship, and Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly." Early American Literature 44.2 (2009): 243-270.
  • "Hypochondria and Racial Interiority in Robert Montgomery Bird’s Sheppard Lee." Arizona Quarterly 64.1 (2008): 1-26.
  • Stein, Jordan A., and Justine S. Murison. "Introduction: Religion and Method." Early American Literature 45.1 (2010): 1-29.


  • "“‘The Paradise of Non-Experts’: The Neuroscientific Turn of the 1840s United States"." The Neuroscientific Turn: Transdisciplinarity in the Age of the Brain. University of Michigan Press, 2012.


  • "Performing Criticism in Early America." Rev. of Early American Women Critics: Performance, Religion, Race , by Gay Gibson Cima. Eighteenth Century Theory and Interpretation (2010):
  • "Institutionalized." Rev. of Interior States: Institutional Consciousness and the Inner Life of Democracy in the Antebellum United States , by Christopher Castiglia. Criticism (2010):

Works in Progress

  • Suspensions of Disbelief: Secularism and American Fiction, 1780-1865 (book manuscript)
  • "Feeling out of Place: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Affective History, and the Civil War" (article manuscript)