Duke University Linguistics Program

    Leonard Tennenhouse
  • Leonard Tennenhouse

  • Professor and Department Chair
  • English
  • 312A Allen
  • Campus Box 90015
  • Phone: (919) 684-2203
  • Fax: (919) 684-4871
  • Office Hours: Spring 2014
    Wednesdays 2:00-3:00pm
    and by appointment
  • Specialties

    • Renaissance/Early Modern Literature
    • American Literature
    • Transatlantic Studies
    • Critical Theory
    • Eighteenth Century Literature
    • Novels
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • University of Rochester,
      • 1970
      • BA,
      • English,
      • Wayne State University,
      • 1965
  • Selected Publications

      • (with Nancy Armstrong).
      • "The Problem of Population and the Form of the American Novel."
      • American Literary History
      • 20
      • .4
      • (Winter, 2008)
      • :
      • 667-686.
      Publication Description

      This paper considers why the American literary historiography has no way of accounting for the considerable impact of the Barbary captivity narrative. Showing first how this form challenges the land-aocked forms of American captivity narrative more frequently studied as the first indigenous narrative forms, we hold the Barbary captivity narrative for the cosmopolitan form of the early American novel, or what Tennenhouse calls the Angolphone novel--1789-1820. Finally, we arge, this same form persists in 19th-century American and British fiction that takes on what Malthus called "the problem of population."

      • The Importance of Feeling English: American Literature and the English Diaspora, 1750-1850.
      • Princeton University Press,
      • 2007.
      • "The Early American Novel."
      • Novel: A Forum on Fiction
      • 40
      • .1-2
      • (2007, 2008)
      • .
      • with Nancy Armstrong.
      • The Imaginary Puritan: Literature, Intellectual Labor, and the Origins of Personal Life.
      • Berkeley: University of California Press,
      • 1992.
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  • PhD Students

    • Astrid A. Guigni
    • Whitney Trettien
    • Layla Aldousany
    • Jacqueline L. Cowan
    • Cowan, Jackie
    • Carol M. Richards
      • 2009 - present
  • Teaching

    • ENGLISH 235.01
      • SHAKESPEARE
      • Allen 326
      • MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM