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Kelly Wisecup

Associate Professor of English

Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park


Early Modern, Science & Literature, 18th Century, American: Early/19th Century, Critical Race & Ethnicity Studies


Kelly Wisecup (Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park) specializes in Native American literatures, early American literature and culture, and medicine and literature in the Atlantic world.  She is the author of Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013) and of “Good News from New England” by Edward Winslow: A Scholarly Edition (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014).  Her articles have appeared in Early American Literature, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal, Early American Studies, Atlantic Studies, Studies in Travel Writing, Literature and Medicine, and The Southern Literary Journal. 

She recently co-edited (with Toni Wall Jaudon) a special issue on “Obeah and Its Literatures: Knowledge, Power, and Writing in the early Atlantic World” for Atlantic Studies. She is currently co-editing (with Alyssa Mt. Pleasant and Caroline Wigginton) a special forum on the relations between Native American and Indigenous studies and early American literary studies and history for Early American Literature and the William and Mary Quarterly.

She was recently an Andrew W. Mellon/Lloyd Lewis Fellow at the Newberry Library, where she was at work on her current book project, “Assembled Relations: Compilation, Collection, and Native American Writing.”  This book investigates how Native American writers, diplomats, ministers, and tribal leaders adapted forms of compilation and collection—herbals, vocabulary lists, museum inventories, catalogs, and commonplace books—to restore and remake environmental, epistemological, and interpersonal relations disrupted by colonialism.  Articles related to this project include “Encounters, Objects, and Commodity Lists in Early English Travel Narratives” in Studies in Travel Writing (2013) and “Medicine, Communication, and Authority in Samson Occom’s Herbal” in Early American Studies (2012).  She is also at work on Archive Chicagou, a collaborative digital research project to create an archive of Chicago’s Indigenous stories.


“Good News from New England” by Edward Winslow: A Scholarly Edition
“Good News from New England” by Edward Winslow: A Scholarly Edition (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014)
edited by Kelly Wisecup

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