Professor of English
Len Tennenhouse teaches courses in British and American literature that look at earlier formulations of our most deeply held assumptions about who we are, how to live with other people, and what we pursue in the name of happiness. What changes, he asks, do these ideas of the purpose and possibilities of human existence undergo as they are rewritten under new material conditions and to different political effect over the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries? His courses in critical theory give students at all levels the tools for addressing this question in various modes of writing. His present research shows how the substantial body of fiction produced during the period following ratification of the U.S. Constitution waged a political argument that pitted direct democracy against the representative liberalism that early American writers attributed to their British counterparts.
- Ph.D., University of Rochester 1970
- B.A., Wayne State University 1965
Armstrong, Nancy, and Leonard Tennenhouse. Novels in the Time of Democratic Writing. Haney Foundation, 2017.
Tennenhouse, P., and N. Armstrong. The Conversion Effect: Aspects of the Early American Novel. Under contract, University of Pennsylvania Press. 2016.
Tennenhouse, L., and N. Armstrong, editors. The Ideology of Conduct: (Routledge Revivals) Essays in Literature and the History of Sexuality. Routledge, 2014.
Tennenhouse, L. The importance of feeling English: American literature and the British diaspora, 1750-1850. 2009, pp. 1–158.
Tennenhouse, Leonard. The Importance of Feeling English. Princeton University Press, 2007.
Armstrong, Nancy, and L. Tennenhouse. The Literature of Conduct, the Conduct of Literature, and the Politics of Desire. Edited by Larry Trudeau, Gale Research, 2000.
Armstrong, Nancy, and L. Tennenhouse. The Imaginary Puritan: Literature, Intellectual Labor, and the Origins of Personal Life. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.
Armstrong, N., and L. Tennenhouse, editors. The Ideology of Conduct: Essays on Literature and the History of Sexuality. Methuen Publishing, 1987.
Tennenhouse, L. Power on Display: The Politics of Shakespeare’s Genres. Methuen, 1986.
L. Tennenhouse, L. “Review of Room for Maneuver: Reading (the) Oppositional (in) Narrative by Ross Chambers.” Modern Fiction Studies, University of Chicago Press, 1994, pp. 438–41.
Tennehouse, L. “Review of Tragedies Of Tyrants - Political-Thought And Theater In The English by Rebecca W Bushnell.” Modern Philology: Critical and Historical Studies in Postclassical Literature, vol. 90, no. 3, University of Chicago Press, Feb. 1993, pp. 426–30. Manual, doi:10.1086/392091. Full Text
TENNENHOUSE, L. “HIDDEN DESIGNS - THE CRITICAL PROFESSION AND RENAISSANCE LITERATURE - CREWE,J.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology, vol. 88, no. 2, Apr. 1989, pp. 228–31.
Tennenhouse, L. “Review of Revolution and Rebellion: State and society in England in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries by JCD Clark.” History and Theory, vol. 27, 1988, pp. 310–21.
Tennenhouse, L. “Review of Crime and God’s Judgement in Shakespeare by Robert Rentoul Reed, Jr..” Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 38, 1985, pp. 170–72.
Tennenhouse, L. “Review of Comic Transformations in Shakespeare by Ruth Nevo.” Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 38, 1982, pp. 663–65.
Tennenhouse, L. “Review of The Comic in Renaissance Comedy by David Farley-Hills.” Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 35, 1982, pp. 663–65.
Tennenhouse, L. “Review of John Webster, Citizen and Dramatist by M.C. Bradbrook.” Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, vol. 23, no. 2, 1981, pp. 181–83.
Tennenhouse, L. “Family rites: City comedy and the strategies of patriarchalism.” New Historicism and Renaissance Drama, 2016, pp. 195–206. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315504452. Full Text
Armstrong, N., and L. Tennenhouse. “How to Imagine Community Without Property.” De Homenagem a Maria Irene Ramalho Santos: American Literature In a Comparative Context., Impressa da Universidade de Comimbra, 2016.
Tennenhouse, L. “Introduction by Leonard Tennenhouse.” The Asylum Or, Alonzo and Melissa, Early American Reprints, 2016, pp. 8–20.
Tennenhouse, L., and N. Armstrong. “The Network Novel and How It Unsettled the Domestic Fiction.” A Companion to the English Novel, edited by S. Arata et al., Wiley-Blackwell, 2015, pp. 306–20.
Tennenhouse, L. “Unsettling Novels of the Early Republic.” Oxford History of the Novel in English, edited by Gerald Kennedy and Leland Person, Oxford University Press, 2013, p. ms.pp.27-ms.pp.27.
Tennenhouse, L. “The Early American Novel.” The Encyclopedia of the Novel (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), 263-67., edited by Peter Melville Logan et al., Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Tennenhouse, L. “The Coffeehouse.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, Oxford University Press, 2006.
Armstrong, N., and N. Tennenhouse, L. “A Mind for Passion: Locke and Hutcheson on Desire.” Politics and the Passions, 1500-1850, edited by D. Coli et al., Princeton University Press, 2006, pp. 131–50.
Armstrong, N., and L. Tennenhouse. “Recalling Cora: Family Resemblances in the Last of the Mohicans.” American Literary History, vol. 28, no. 2, Apr. 2016, pp. 223–45. Scopus, doi:10.1093/alh/ajw007. Full Text
Armstrong, N., and L. Tennenhouse. “Recalling Cora: Family Resemblances in the Last of the Mohicans..” American Literary History, vol. 28, Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy F, 2016, pp. 1–23.
Armstrong, N., and L. Tennenhouse. “Novels before Nations: How Early US Novels Imagined Community.” Canadian Review of Comparative Literature / Revue Canadienne De Littérature Comparée, vol. 42, no. 4, 2015, pp. 353–67. Manual, doi:10.1353/crc.2015.0036. Full Text
Armstrong, N., and L. Tennenhouse. “Sovereignty and the Form of Formlessness.” Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, vol. 20, no. 2–3, 2009, pp. 148–78. Manual, doi:10.1215/10407391-2009-007. Full Text
Armstrong, N., and L. Tennenhouse. “The Problem of Population and the Form of the American Novel.” American Literary History, vol. 20, no. 4, 2008, pp. 667–85. Manual, doi:10.1093/alh/ajn046. Full Text
Tennenhouse, L. “Is there an early American novel?.” Novel, vol. 40, no. 1–2, Dec. 2007, pp. 5–17.
“The Early American Novel.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction, vol. 40, 2007.
Tennenhouse, L. “The question of cultural bilingualism (Tucson Summit).” Early American Literature, vol. 38, no. 1, 2003, pp. 135–38. Manual, doi:10.1353/eal.2003.0021. Full Text
Tennenhouse, L. “Libertine America.” Differences, vol. 11, 2000, pp. 1–28.