Elizabeth Lorang F'09

Elizabeth  Lorang
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2009
Doctoral Candidate
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
American Newspaper Poetry from the Rise of the Penny Press to the New Journalism

Drawing on current trends in the field of book history, this dissertation is the first literary study of nineteenth-century American newspaper poetry. It utilizes media theory and electronic text analysis to examine the cultural work of newspaper poetry and argues that scholars must evaluate these poems based on their own generic qualities rather than by aesthetic or cultural values tied to other forms. In viewing these poems as participatory in the goals of the American newspaper—perhaps the most important mediator of American ideals and experiences during the century—this project recovers the cultural significance of a major body of nineteenth-century literature, including the work of prolific women and minority writers whose works appeared in newspapers published across the country.