Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English
Edward Larkin specializes in American literature and culture from the middle of the eighteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth century. His research focuses on the intersection of politics and aesthetics in the early United States with a special interest in the narratives of nationalism. Larkin's scholarship works at the boundary between literature and history, seeking to combine literary analysis, history of the book, and social and intellectual history. He is currently writing a book about loyalism and empire in the early American republic. His first book, Thomas Paine and the Literature of Revolution, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005. He also published an edition of Paine's Common Sense for the Broadview Press. He has published articles in Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Modern Intellectual History, Common-Place.org, Early American Literature and The Arizona Quarterly. He teaches courses on the American Revolution, nationalism and literature, the novel, and the idea of revolution.