Current Plaudits

Vanessa Steinroetter

Assistant professor, English


  • "Civil War Literature." Civil War America: A Social and Culturay History, Maggi Morehouse and Zoe Trodd, eds. London: Routledge, 2012.

Journal articles

  • "'Reading the List': Casualty Lists and Civil War Poetry." ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 59(1): 48-78 (spring 2013).
  • "'Pioneers! O Pioneers!' and Whitman's Early German Translators. 19 Interdisciplinary Studies of the Long Nineteenth Century 9 (2009)
  • "The Politics of Humor: Max Cohnheima's Columbia (1863-73), a German Newspaper in the Nation's Capital." American Periodicals: A Journal of HIstory, Criticism and Bibliography 19(1):21-48 (spring 2009).
  • "A Newly-discovered Translation of Louisa May Alcott's 'My Contraband' in a German American Newspaper." New England Quarterly 81(4): 703-13 (December 2008).

Encyclopedia entries

  • "Israel Potter," "The Marble Faun," "The Piazza Tales," "Redburn," "Typee" and White-Jacket." Encyclopedia of American Literature (rev.ed), vol. 2 (New York: Facts on File, 2008).

Book reviews

  • Reading and Disorder in Antebellum America by David M. Stewart (Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2011). SHARP News 21(2) (spring 2012).


  • “‘A Strange Mixture of War and Dante and Robinson Crusoe’: Soldiers’ Reading and Autobiographical Accounts of the American Civil War," American Literature Association Symposium on War and American Literature, New Orleans, La., October 2013
  • "Walt Whitman's Western 'Jaunt' and Early Ception in the (Mid-)Western Press," Reception Study Society Conference, Milwaukee, Wis., September 2013
  • "A 'Great Army of Letters': Letter Writing and Patriotic Duty in Women's LIterature of the Civil War," Society for the STudy of American Women Writers," Denver, Colo., October 2012
  • "Whitman's German Reception and the Idea of an American Landscape," International Whitman Symposium "'Voluptuous Cool-Breath'd Earth': Whitman, the Earth and Ecology" of the Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association, Pobierowo, Poland, June 2012
  • "Soldiers, Readers and the Reception of Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserables' In Civil War in America," American Literature Association Conference, San Francisco, Calif., April 2012
  • "Dead Letters, Absent Bodies and the Uncertaintiy of (Re-)Union: Representations of Letter Reading in American Literature of the Civil War," Reception Study Society Conference, Maryville, Mo., September 2011
  • "Annotating Whitman's Civil War Correspondence in a Digital Environment," Association for Documentary Editing Conference, Philadelphia, Pa., October 2010
  • "Reading for Respectability: The Free Black Community in Antebellum Philadelphia and the Culture of Reading," Modern Language Association Convention, Philadelphia, Pa., December 2009
  • "Modeling the African American Woman Reader: Depictions of Women Readers in the Christian Recorder During the 1850s and 1860s," Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Philadelphia, Pa., October 2009
  • "Walt Whitman, the 'Soul of America/' Whitman's Early German Translators and the Contemporary German Discourse on America and Its Literature," Talking Back to Walt Whitman Symposium, Transatlantic Walt Whitman Association, Dortmund, Germany, June 2008

Awards and honors

  • Caleb Loring Jr. Fellowship, Boston Athenaeum, 2010
  • Fellowship of the Lincoln Branch of the American Association of University Women, 2010-11
  • P.E.O. Scholar Award, 2009


  • "'Leaving it to you to prove and define': 'Poets to Come' and Whitman's German Translators." Essay solicited by the Walt Whitman Archive, translation section, August 2012 (with Walter Granzweig)