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Research Interests

  • 19th-century American literature
  • Literature and medicine
  • Digital humanities


Benjamin Josh Doty, Ph.D., teaches American literature with an emphasis on the connections among writers, texts, and cultures. His teaching and research interests include nineteenth-century American literature, literature and medicine, and the digital humanities.

He is finishing a monograph, The Perfecting of Nature: Reforming Bodies in Antebellum Literature, which is scheduled to be published by the University of North Carolina Press in the fall of 2020. His essays on the intersections of literature, science, and medicine have been published in Early American LiteratureLeviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, and The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review.


The Perfecting of Nature: Reforming Bodies in Antebellum Literature. Forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press.

“Fourierism and Nervous Sympathy in The Blithedale Romance.” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review 45.1 (Spring, 2019): 26-45.

“Digesting Moby-Dick.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 19.1 (Spring, 2017): 85-101.

“Satire, Minstrelsy, and Embodiment in Sheppard Lee.” Early American Literature 51.1 (Spring, 2016): 131-156.

“William Faulkner’s Embodied Subjectivities.” Levinas and Twentieth-Century Literature: Ethics and the Reconstitution of Subjectivity. Ed. Donald Wehrs. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2013. 111-131.

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