Read about wigs and Mormons, messy novels and novels in fragments, serialization and secrecy, novels set on ships and novels set on the islands where ships wreck. Begin the discussion early by adding your comments or questions to any of these posts.
Our session aims to take a somewhat unorthodox form in order to center discussion–both among the session participants and the audience. Think less conference panel and more classroom. We invite you to join us on Saturday for a discussion of these and other novels (bring your own examples!) and for some collective speculation about what new shapes and forms our literary histories of the early American novel might take in 2017 and beyond.