J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Spring 2022 Volume 10.1

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Spring 2022 Volume 10.1

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About J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

J19 is the official publication of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Published twice annually, the journal is dedicated to publishing innovative research on and analysis of the "long nineteenth century" (1783-1914).

C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

Since its founding in 2009, C19 has hosted five successful conferences at Penn State ("Imagining," May 2010), UC Berkeley ("Prospects," April 2012), UNC, Chapel Hill ("Commons," March 2014), Penn State ("Unsettling," March 2016), and Albuquerque, New Mexico (“Climate,” March 2018). And Virtual C19:Dissent” which ran for two long weekends last fall:  Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 23-25

The C19 listserv continues to serve as a lively forum for scholarly exchange and C19 Cluster Groups enable those with special interests to develop institutional and intellectual connections. The community of C19 members is the driving force behind the organization's development. Join C19!

J19, the official journal of the society is received by all members. Coedited by Stacey Margolis and Elizabeth Duquette, J19 welcomes interdisciplinary work representing the most innovative research and analysis. The journal includes features such as "state of the field" polemics, reproductions of new and significant archival materials, roundtables, and special issues on topics of general interest to nineteenth-century Americanists.

To support J19 and the organization as a whole, please join or renew your membership in C19. As a member, you will:

  • Receive the interdisciplinary journal, J19 (both hard copy and online)
  • Be eligible to participate in the Society's biennial conference (conference registration will be separate)
  • Vote in C19 leadership elections and matters of concern to the organization
  • Receive information about upcoming conferences and other Society events
  • Help to strengthen and shape C19 as a vibrant, interdisciplinary, diverse organization representing many approaches to nineteenth-century scholarship


Beginning with 2016/17 C19 moved to a two-year membership cycle to correspond to our conference cycle. The new two-year rates represent a savings for all members over the old membership model.


The editors of J19 wish to congratulate Édouard Marsoin, who has won the Melville Society’s 2020 Hennig Cohen Prize for his essay, “‘No Land of Pleasure Unalloyed’: Economies of Pleasure and Pain in Melville’s Typee and Omoo,” J198.2 (Fall 2020)


The 2022-2023 membership rates for C19 are:

Membership 2022/23  Expires Dec. 31, 2023

Full-time tenured Faculty: $170
Full-time pre-tenure Faculty: $120
Students/Part-Time and non-tenure track faculty/postdoctoral fellows/independent scholars/emeriti, librarians and other professionals: $60
($19 will be added for shipping to nonUS addresses)

NonUS Membership Online Only
Full-time Tenured: $65
Full-time Pre-Tenure $55
Students, P/T and non-tenure track faculty, postdoctoral fellows, independent scholars, emeriti, librarians and other professionals:  $25

While it is possible to subscribe only to the journal and not join C19, we hope that you will support the organization as a whole. For more information about membership and subscription rates, and to join or renew, please click the link below:

Subscribe - Join C19 This membership term expires December 31, 2021. 

For other membership queries, please email: jmurison@illinois.edu

Membership Committee: 

  • Justine Murison (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Chair
  • DeLisa D. Hawkes (University of Texas at El Paso)
  • Matthew E. Suazo (Kenyon College)


The editors invite essay submissions in all areas of American cultural studies from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Manuscripts should not be under consideration elsewhere, and they should not identify the author except on an accompanying sheet that includes the title of the submission, the name of the author, and the author's regular-mail and email addresses.

All manuscripts must include a 100-200 word abstract and be submitted as a Word document. Manuscripts of no more than thirty-five double-spaced pages, including notes, will be peer-reviewed in a timely manner. We encourage submissions from all disciplines.

The Editors solicit Pleasure Reading submissions of brief (3,000-4,000 word) essays about a text—visual or artifact, literary or critical, old or new, material or virtual—that  brought you pleasure and that you believe will bring pleasure to others.  Submissions should focus on the content of the text as well as its significance for other readers, and should convey the terms of your enjoyment.  These are neither book reviews nor scholarly articles.  They are accounts of books, articles, images, objects that have influenced your writing, your thinking, or your living. The editors are seeking pieces that are thoughtful, inventive, enthusiastic and above all fun to read. They are not subject to the essay submission/review process but instead will be read by the editors.  The editors welcome queries about your ideas for possible submissions. (Here is a sample piece by Stacey Margolis, Univ. of Utah)

Submit manuscripts via email to: j19@pennpress.org

Call for Letters

New Feature of J19. Books get reviews and conference papers get questions, but journal articles—so central to our intellectual lives as scholars and teachers—often get no immediate response. With our new “Letters” section, J19 seeks to provide a forum for readers’ comments, questions, critiques and suggestions. These responses, we hope, will not only be useful for writers, but will foster networks of scholars who are working on related topics or problems. More broadly, we see the “Letters” section as a site for debate, conversation, and community. The editors thus solicit letters of no more than 1000 words in dialogue with essays from previous issues. 

Book Reviews: J19 does not currently review books and does not accept unsolicited books for review. Unless the postage-paid packaging is included, books sent to the J19 editors for review cannot be returned and will be donated.


In 2015 we initiated the C19 Circuit, short regional events and workshops focused on bringing together area students, teachers, and scholars to discuss topics related to nineteenth-century America. The first Circuit event entailed a reading and discussion of a previously unknown nineteenth-century manuscript play written and performed by students at a military academy in Vermont in 1838—Philip, or the Indian Chief, held at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Other Circuit events have focused on the preservation of archives (NYU), the legacy of W. E. B. DuBois (Library Company of Philadelphia), and American women writers and quotation (TAMU-CC). For more information on past and upcoming Circuit events: C19 Circuit


A subscription to J19 is included with all C19 memberships.

To become a member or to subscribe to the journal without membership, click the Subscribe - Join C19 link.