Member, Doctoral Faculty
Ph.D. (1997), University of South Carolina, Columbia; MA (1992), University of Tennessee,
Knoxville; BA (1990), Wayne State University; First Year at MTSU: 1999
Office: PH 330; Phone/Voice Mail: 904-8278
Dr. Ostrowski earned the Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina. A specialist in
American literature, he joined the English Department in the Fall of 1999. He is the
2007 recipient of the Eliza Atkins Gleason Book Award for Books, Maps, and Politics: a Cultural History of the Library of Congress, 1783-1861 (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2004). This award is presented every
third year to recognize the best book written in English in the field of library history,
including the history of libraries, librarianship and book culture. The award bears
the name of Eliza Atkins Gleason, the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from
the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.
Ostrowski's Book Published
Ostrowski Wins Award
- "The Angel in the Penitentiary: Women and Incarceration in E. D. E. N. Southworth's
The Hidden Hand," American Literature Association 2012 Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 2012.
- "Ex-Cons in the Fiction of George Lippard and Nathaniel Hawthorne," American Literature
Association 2011 Conference, Boston, MA, May 2011.
- "From City Intelligence to City Mysteries: George Lippard and the Social Context of
Crime." Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, November
- "Reading Antebellum Reprint Culture into Poe's Fiction." American Literature Association
2007 Conference. Boston, MA, May 2007. Panel sponsored by the Poe Studies Association.
- "Inside the Temple of Ravoni: George Lippard's Anti-Exposé." American
Literature Association 2006 Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 2006.
- "Henry Box Brown and the City Mysteries Novel." American Literature Association 2004
Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 2004.
- "'Fated to Perish by Consumption': The Political Economy of Arthur Mervyn. "American Literature Association 2003 Conference, Cambridge, MA, May 2003.
- "The Library of Congress and American Imperialism in the 1840s." Library History Conference
Sponsored by The Library Company of Philadelphia, The Center for the Book at the Library
of Congress, and Princeton University, Philadelphia, PA, April 2002.
- "Setting Priorities at the Library of Congress: An Analysis of the 1812 Catalog."
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) 2001 Conference, Williamsburg, VA, July 2001.
- Conspiratorial Jesuits in the Postmodern Novel: Mason & Dixon and Underworld." American
Literature Association 2000 Conference, Long Beach, CA, May2000.
- "Class and Gender Anxieties in Nineteenth-Century American Accounts of the Library
of Congress." SHARP 1998 Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, July 1998.
- "A Secular Jeremiad: Poet as Prophet in Anna Letitia Barbauld's 'Eighteen Hundred
and Eleven.'" Aphra Behn Society 1996 Conference, Athens, GA, October 1996.
- "Wordsworth, the Marketplace, and the Patronage Tradition of Authorship." SHARP 1996
Conference, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA, July 1996.
- "H.G. Clarke and the Publication of Feminist Literature in Victorian England." Philological
Association of the Carolinas, Asheville, NC, March 1995.