Elizabeth Duquette

Graeff Professor in English & Professor




Campus Box 0397


Breidenbaugh Hall
Room 412
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


PhD New York University, 1998
MA New York University, 1993
BA Dartmouth College, 1985

Elizabeth Duquette received her B.A. in Philosophy from Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. in American Literature from New York University. Her teaching interests include nineteenth-century US literature, transatlantic literary culture, intellectual history, and critical theory. Her first book--Loyal Subjects: Bonds of Nation, Race, and Allegiance in Nineteenth-Century America (Rutgers UP, 2010)--explored the idea of loyalty in the postbellum United States. More recently, she and Claudia Stokes (Trinity University) published an edition of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's best-selling novel, The Gates Ajar (Penguin 2019). Working with Gettysburg graduate Cheryl Tevlin, Duquette also edited Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: Selected Tales, Essays, and Poems (U of Nebraska P, 2014). Her current book project, American Tyrannies in the Long Age of Napoleon, offers an alternative history of the American political imagination in the nineteenth century, recovering the close, but often ignored, relationship between democracy and tyranny. In addition to these books, Duquette has published articles on a wide range of subjects; the most recent include "The Confidence-Man Between Genres," The New Herman Melville (2019); "Reform in The Silent Partner,The Nineteenth-Century American Novel (2018); "The Man of the World," American Literary History (2015); "The Pleasures of Occasional Vitriol," J19 (2015); "The Office of The Dead Letter," Arizona Quarterly (2013); “Making an Example: American Literature as Philosophy,” The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2012); and "Pierre's Nominal Conversions," Melville and Aesthetics (2011). With Stacey Margolis, she edits J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists.