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AAS Welcomes Emily Gowan, the Hench Post-Dissertation Fellow for 2022–23

Headshot of Emily GowanAs the next Hench Post-Dissertation Fellow, Emily Gowen will focus on revising and expanding her dissertation into a book, tentatively titled “On the Margins: Steady-Sellers and the Problem of Inequality in Nineteenth-Century America.” Her project reimagines the trans-Atlantic history of the novel by attending to the importance of cheaply printed canonical books. Gowen argues that some of the most lasting “steady-sellers” in literary history— John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719), Samuel Richardson’s Pamela (1740), and Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote (1605)—owe their fame and endurance to cheap trans-Atlantic abridgments and the marginalized readers whose growing demand kept them steadily in print. Relevant holdings at the AAS include more than 700 chapbooks, pamphlets, and abridgments of the steady-sellers at the core of her project, as well as manuscript collections, printing records, and databases. These materials will allow Gowen to tell the full story of the trans-Atlantic reprinting, abridgment, adaptation, circulation, and reception of early novels in the nineteenth-century United States.

Gowen completed her PhD in English and American Literature at Boston University in the spring of 2022. She held an AAS short-term Reese fellowship in the summer of 2019.

About the Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship program.


Books by Fellows

Recent booksSince the inception of the AAS fellowship program in 1972, fellows have written over five hundred books based on research conducted at AAS. Below is an illustrated directory of these books. Books may be sorted by author's last name, title, date, subject, and fellowship. Many public programs featuring fellows discussing their books have also been recorded and made available to view online.

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Scholarship Based on Research at AAS

Fellows' books, articles, and awards are included in the list of recent scholarship based on research at AAS.



4 Regent Street4 Regent StreetScholars housing at Reese House and the fellows’ residence at 4 Regent Street is available. These residences are spaces for fellows to live, meet, share ideas, and fully immerse themselves in their time at AAS.

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