Associate Professor of English, University of Miami

Novel Nostalgias

THE AESTHETICS OF ANTAGONISM IN
NINETEENTH-CENTURY U.S. LITERATURE
 
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About

I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in early American and nineteenth-century U.S. literature. Currently, I am completing a book about anti-federal politics and paramilitary historical romances in the early U.S. republic. I also belong to an interdisciplinary team of University of Miami researchers studying the spread of online extremist conspiracy theories
 

My first book is Novel Nostalgias (Ohio State, 2015). With Edward Watts and Keri Holt, I co-edited a collection of essays, Mapping Region in Early American Writing (Georgia, 2015). My work has also appeared in ESQ, Modernist CulturesMLQEarly American Literature, and The Henry James Review. I have essays forthcoming in Democracies in America (eds. Laski and Emerson; Oxford, 2021) and the Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Politics (ed. Kerkering; Cambridge, 2022).

 

I received my Ph.D. in Literatures in English from Brown University (2008), an M.A. in English from the University of Minnesota (2002), and a B.A. in English from Creighton University (2000).

FEATURED SCHOLARSHIP

Mapping Region in Early American Writing

"Seeing Changes: Emily Dickinson's Vibrant Regionalism"

"When Dorothy Became History: L. Frank Baum's Enduring Fantasy of Cosmopolitan Nostalgia"

 
REVIEWS

"Novel Nostalgias presents an expertly researched selection of US authors who variously absorb and explode nostalgia’s peculiar power. At the same time, it recovers the ambivalence with which both novelists and readers assess the dizzying array of nostalgic antagonisms shaping our political conversations. For these reasons alone, Funchion’s contribution to our intellectual history of the nineteenth century cannot be ignored."

MARK NOBLE,

American Literary History Online Review

 
 
COURSES

SUMMER B 2020

ENG 482

Transatlantic Gothic

FALL 2020

ENG 345

Edgar Allan Poe

 
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