Julia Stern Herman & Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professor in Literature; Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence; Professor of English and American Studies

Julia Stern (Ph.D. Columbia, 1991) is the Herman and Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professor in Literature, Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, and Professor of English and  American Studies.  She offers courses in 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century American literature, with a focus on women's and African American writing (Rowlandson-Cather; Equiano-Larsen), the sentimental and the gothic, Faulkner, and the films of Bette Davis. Her first book, The Plight of Feeling: Sympathy and Dissent in the Early American Novel (Chicago: 1997) was a finalist for the MLA's Best First Book Prize. Mary Chesnut's Civil War Epic (Chicago: 2010), her second book, is the first full-length literary study of Chesnut's revised Civil War narrative. Currently, she is working on "Through Bette Davis Eyes: Semi-Exotics at Warner Brothers, 1938-1962," a study of racial representation in Davis's oeuvre. Throughout her career at Northwestern, Stern has been recognized for her teaching, with awards from The Faculty Honor Roll from the Associated Student Government (3 times), the Pan Hellenic Association's Teaching Recognition, Weinberg College's Distinguished Teaching Award, The Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence, and the award for Weinberg College's Outstanding Freshman Advisor.  


Mary Chesnut's Civil War Epic
Mary Chesnut's Civil War Epic (University Of Chicago Press, 2010)


"I Am Cruel Hungry: Dramas of Twisted Appetite and Rejected Identification in The Morgesons," Knowledge of the Gap: American Culture, Canons, and the Case of Elizabeth Barstow Stoddard ed. Rob Smith and Ellen Weinaur (Birmingham: University of Alabama Press, 2003): 107-127.

Co-edited with Professor Christopher Castiglia, Special Edition of Early American Literature 37.1 (Spring: 2002) on the topic of "Early American Interiority."

"Introductory Essay: Early American Interiors," co-written with Christopher Castiglia, Early American Literature 37.1 (Spring, 2002): 1-7.

"The Politics of Tears: Representations of Death in the Early American Novel, 1789-1799," Mortal Remains: Explaining Death in Early America, ed. Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003): 108-119.

"The State of 'Women' in Ormond; or, Patricide in the New Nation," Revising Charles Brockden Brown, ed. Philip Barnard, Mark Kamruth, and Stephen Shapiro (Nashville: University of Tennessee Press), forthcoming 2004.

"Live Burial and Its Discontents: Mourning Becomes Melancholia in Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," in Symbolic Loss: The Ambiguity of Mourning and Memory at Century's End, ed. Peter Homans (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2000): 62-82.

"To Relish and To Spew: Disgust As Cultural Critique in The Journal of Sarah Kemble Knight," in LEGACY: A Journal of American Women Writers 14.1 (Spring 1997): 1-12.

"Spanish Masquerade and the Drama of Racial Identity in Uncle Tom's Cabin," in Passing and The Fictions of Identity, ed. Elaine Ginsberg (Durham: Duke University Press, 1996): 103-130.

"Excavating Genre in Our Nig," American Literature 67.3 (September, 1995): 439-466.

"Double Talk: The Rhetoric of the Whisper in Poe's 'William Wilson,'" ESQ 40.3 (1994): 185-218.

"Working Through The Frame: Charlotte Temple and The Poetics of Maternal Melancholia," Arizona Quarterly 49.4 (Winter, 1993): 1-32..

"To Represent Afflicted Time: Mourning As Historiography," American Literary History 5.2 (Summer, 1993): 378-388.