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


American Affects (547), Secularisms and Early US Fiction (547), 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)

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.

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Journal Articles

  • "Obeah and Its Others: Buffered Selves in the Era of Tropical Medicine." Atlantic Studies 12.2 (2015): 144-159.
  • "Quacks, Nostrums, and Miraculous Cures: Narratives of Medical Modernity in the Nineteenth-Century United States." Literature and Medicine 32.2 (2014): 419-440.
  • "Feeling out of Place: Affective History, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the Civil War." ESQ 59.4 (2013):
  • "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.

Special Issues of a Journal

  • Murison, Justine S., and Jonathan Ebel. "American Literatures/American Religions." American Literatures/American Religions. Spec. iss. of American Literary History 26.1 (2014):
  • Methods for the Study of Religion in Early American Literature. Spec. iss. of Early American Literature 45.1 (2010):


  • "‘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.


  • "Institutionalized." Rev. of Interior States: Institutional Consciousness and the Inner Life of Democracy in the Antebellum United States , by Christopher Castiglia. Criticism (2010):
  • "“Comfortable in our Unbelief?” ." Rev. of Secularism in Antebellum America Common-place (2012): <>.