Dr. Carl Ostrowski

Professor

Dr. Carl Ostrowski
615-904-8278
Room 330, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia (1997)
  • M.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1992)
  • B.A., Wayne State University, MI (1990)

Areas of Expertise

American Literature

Biography

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 li...

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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.

Publications

Ostrowski, Carl. "'The Best Side of a Case of Crime': George Lippard, Walt Whitman, and Antebellum Police Reports,"American Periodicals 21.2 (2011): 120-42. 
___. Books, Maps and Politics: A Cultural History of the Library of Congress, 1782-1861. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2004. 
___. "'The Choice of Books': Ainsworth Rand Spofford, the Ideology of Reading, and Literary Collections at the Library of Congress in the 1870s." Libraries and the Cultural Record 45.1 (2010): 70-84. 
___. "Conspiratorial Jesuits in the Postmodern Novel: Underworld and Mason & Dixon." UnderWords: Perspectives on Don DeLillo's Underworld . Ed. Joseph Dewey. University of Delaware Press, 2003. 93-102. 
___. "'Fated to Perish by Consumption': The Political Economy of Arthur Mervyn." Studies in American Fiction 32.1 (2004): 3-20. 
___. "'This Hideous Drama of Revivification': Poe's Fiction and Reprint Culture," Modern Language Studies 40.1 (2010): 18-37. 
___. "'I Stand Upon Their Ashes in Thy Beam': William Cullen Bryant's Literary Removals." American Transcendental Quarterly 9.4 (1995): 299-312. 
___. "James Alfred Pearce and the Question of a National Library in Antebellum America." Libraries & Culture 35.2 (2000): 255-277. 
___. "Inside the Temple of Ravoni: George Lippard's Anti-Expose'." ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 55.1 (2009): 1-24. 
___. "'The Minister's Grievous Affliction': Diagnosing Hawthorne's Parson Hooper." Literature and Medicine 17.2 (1998): 197-211. 
___. Review of American Sensations: Class, Empire, and the Production of Popular Culture by Shelley Streeby. Studies in American Fiction 32.2 (2004): 254-56. 
___. Review of Books and Libraries in American Society During World War II: Weapons in the War of Ideas by Patti Clayton Becker. SHARP News 14.4 (2005): 11. 
___. Review of Institutions of Reading: The Social Life of Libraries in the United States, edited by Thomas Augst and Kenneth Carpenter. Library Quarterly 79.1 (2009): 145-47. 
___. Review of Perspectives in American Book History: Artifacts and Commentary , edited by Casper , Chaisson, and Groves .American Periodicals 14.2 (2004): 278-79. 
___. Review of The Republic in Print: Print Culture in the Age of U.S. Nation Building, 1770-1870 by Trish Loughran. Journal of American History 95.1 (2008): 183-84. 
___. Review of Selling the Race: Culture, Community, and Black Chicago, 1940- 1955 by Adam Green. African American Review 42.3-4 (2008): 31-32. 
___. Review of Social Stories: The Magazine Novel in Nineteenth-Century America by Patricia Okker. Studies in American Fiction 33.2 (2005): 254-56. 
___. Review of William Cullen Bryant: Author of America by Gilbert H. Muller. Resources for American Literary Study 33 (2010): 293-96. 
___. "Slavery, Labor Reform, and Intertextuality in Antebelllum Print Culture: The Slave Narrative and the City-Mysteries Novel." African American Review 40.3 (2006): 493-506.

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