Amy Kaplan
Department Chair, Edward W. Kane Professor of English
Fisher-Bennett Hall 131
215-898-7340
Fisher-Bennett Hall 240
215-898-7841

Working in the interdisciplinary field of American studies, Amy Kaplan's scholarship and teaching focus on the culture of imperialism, comparative perspectives on the Americas, prison writing, the American novel, and mourning, memory and war.
A past president of the American Studies Association, Kaplan received her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, with a specialty in late-nineteenth-century American literature. Her first book was The Social Construction of American Realism (U Chicago P, 1988). She co-edited, with Donald Pease, Cultures of U. S. Imperialism (Duke, 1993). In her book The Anarchy of Empire in the Making of U.S. Culture (Harvard UP 2002) Kaplan shows how imperial expansion abroad--from the US-Mexico War of 1848 to the First World War--profoundly shaped key elements of American culture at home.  She has received an NEH Fellowship and the Norman Forster prize for the best essay in American Literature in 1998 for "Manifest Domesticity."  Last year she was a member of the School of Social Science at  the Institute for Advanced Study.

A wide-ranging critic of contemporary American culture and policy, Kaplan has published  essays on the place of Guantanamo Bay in American history, the discourse of “homeland security” in response to 9/11,  analogies between the American and Roman Empires, academic life in Palestine in the Chronicle of Higher Ed, as well as articles on Mark Twain and Herman Melville. She is currently writing a cultural history of American representations of Israel.

last updated 2013/11/01

Publications

Courses Taught

Fall 2012

English
800.301

Spring 2011

English
800.301

Fall 2010

English
089.001

Spring 2010

English
363.301
English
758.301

Fall 2009

English
102.001

Spring 2009

English
799.301

Fall 2008

English
102.001

Spring 2007

Fall 2006

English
263.301

Spring 2006

Fall 2005

English
363.301
English
800.301

Spring 2005

English
799.301

Spring 2004

Spring 2003

English
289.301

Fall 2002

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