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Ethan Plaue

M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania (2020)

M.F.A., Poetry, Iowa Writers' Workshop, University of Iowa (2018)

B.A., English and Art History, Columbia University (2015)

I am a doctoral candidate in English with a certificate in Cinema and Media Studies, researching race, property, and the history of media and mediation in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. My dissertation proposes a revisionist history of media studies that places at its center the racial and economic regimes of the period. I approach this new history through literary and cultural representations of mediation, or how we render sensible the fact that our lives are maintained by means of others. Through readings of literary works by Hannah Crafts, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Michel Maxwell Philip, and Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, among others, as well as archival texts including patents for fictitious inventions, theological treatises on capitalism, and scientific papers on statistical mechanics, my dissertation uncovers the historical discourse of mediation as it shaped not only nineteenth-century ways of knowing but also the way we experience our mediated age today.

My work has appeared in American Literature, Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, Early American Literature, and e-flux.    

At UPenn, I have coordinated the AmLit graduate working group, the Brown Bag series at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and the poetry and poetics series Time Sensitive at Kelly Writers House. 

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Courses Taught

spring 2022

fall 2019