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Jean Lee Cole

Professor Emerita
Jean Lee Cole

Dr. ColeProfessor Emerita


Twitter: @ProfJLC
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  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas (Austin)
  • B.A., Carleton College

Courses Taught

  • EN 203 Major Writers: American Literature (Themes: Natural and Urban Landscapes; Three Decades of New York City)
  • EN 366 American Literature Before WWI
  • EN 367 The Civil War in American Literature
  • EN 369 The Novel in the United States 
  • EN 389 Gender in American Literature 1890-1910
  • EN 397 The American West


  • How the Other Half Laughs: The Comic Sensibility in American Culture, 1895-1920 (University Press of Mississippi, 2020)
  • Lead Editor: Parole Femine: Words and Lives of the Woman's Literary Club of Baltimore (Apprentice House Press/Loyola University 2019)
  • "A New Digital Divide? Recovery Editing in the Age of Digitization" (Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, 2016)
  • "Rising from the Gutter: Rudolph Block, the Comic Strip, and the Ghetto Fiction of Bruno Lessing" (MELUS: Multiethnic Literatures of the United States, 2016)
  • "An Accidental Activist: Rediscovering Thoreau After the Death of Freddie Gray" (The Concord Saunterer, 2015) 
  • Freedom's Witness: The Civil War Writings of Henry McNeal Turner (West Virginia University Press, 2013),

Professional Affiliations

  • Editor, American Periodicals
  • Modern Language Association
  • Society for the History of Authors, Readers, and Publishers (SHARP)
  • Research Society for American Periodicals
  • American Studies Association

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  • Extracurricular activities: Playing music and racquet sports, urban greening, crafts of all kinds, art, Orioles baseball, Baltimore.