Drayton Nabers Associate Professor of English

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

"The Novel and the Police Power," Nineteenth Century Literature 64 (June 2009): 76-109.

"The True Image of Authority," in Solon and Thespis: Renaissance Theatre and the Law, ed. Dennis Kezar. (South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007), pp. 264-88.

"Thoreau's Transcendental Constitution," American Literary History 19 (Winter 2007): 824-848.

"Shadows of Law: Stowe, Melville, and the Government of Liberty," Law, Culture, and the Humanities, vol. 3 (2007): 102-26.

Victory of Law: The Civil War, The Fourteenth Amendment, and American Literature, 1852-1866. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.

"The Problem of Revolution in the Age of Slavery: William Wells Brown and the Chains of Liberty," Representations, vol. 91 (Summer 2005): 84-108.

"Past Using: James Baldwin and Civil Rights Law in the 1960s," Yale Journal of Criticism, vol. 18, no. 2 (December 2005): 221-42.

"'Victory of LAW': Melville and Reconstruction," American Literature, vol. 75, no. 1 (March 2003): 1-30.

"Spies Like Us: British Imperialism and the Great War Spy Craze," The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 2:1 (Spring 2001). [http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/cch/v002/2.1nabers.html].

"Realism," Blackwell's Encyclopedia of the Novel (forthcoming).

research overview

Deak Nabers studies the interactions between American literary history and the history of American social thought in a variety of its institutional and disciplinary settings--legal, sociological, economic, and military. His first book, Victory of Law, charts the cultural and literary genealogy of the Fourteenth Amendment.

research statement

Nabers is currently pursuing two book-length projects--a study of the role of World War II in the development of postmodernism in the United States, and an examination of the centrality of the corporation, as a social form, economic institution, and ideological construct, to the development of American liberalism from the Civil War to the present.