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Stephen Arch
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 Office: C607 Wells Hall
 Phone: 517-884-4419
 Email: arch@msu.edu

Stephen Carl Arch is the author of two books: Authorizing the Past: The Rhetoric of History in Seventeenth-Century New England and After Franklin: The Emergence of Autobiography in Post-Revolutionary America, 1780–1830. His scholarly articles have appeared in Early American Literature, Studies in American Fiction, The William and Mary Quarterly, and other prestigious journals. In 2015, he published a critical textual edition of James Fenimore Cooper’s 1838 novel, Homeward Bound (New York: AMS Press). A companion edition of Cooper's sequel, Home as Found, will be published in 2018. He serves as Associate Lead Editor of The Writings of James Fenimore Cooper.

Arch’s current research interests include gothic literature, scholarly editing, and the literature of sports. He is developing a collection of essays on teaching Cooper’s novels (for MLA) and preparing a classroom edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables (for Broadview Press). He served as Department chair from 2007-2012, and as associate chair from 1998-2003 and in 2006. He was a Fulbright scholar in the Netherlands in 1996.


Essays on E. L. Doctorow (“‘The Dark Horrors of Consciousness’: Doctorow and the Gothic,” for a collection of essays on Doctorow) & sports literature (“Suffering and Transcendence in Literary Sports Writing,” for Sport in Society)

Film review, of Northern Light (2013), dir. Nick Bentgen, Middle West Review (2018)

“Benjamin Franklin: Printer, Writer, Editor,” in The Blackwell Companion to American Literature, ed. Susan Belasco Smith, Theresa Strouth Gaul, Linck Johnson, and Michael Soto (New York: Wiley, 2018)

Home as Found, by James Fenimore Cooper, The Writings of James Fenimore Cooper (anticipated publication date of 2018, pending publishing arrangements), an MLA/CSE approved edition with complete scholarly apparatus

“Seeing Gothicly: Elizabeth Stoddard’s The Morgesons,” in Haunted Realities: The Naturalist Gothic in American Literature, ed. Monika Elbert and Wendy Ryden (Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama Press, 2017)

Homeward Bound, by James Fenimore Cooper, The Writings of James Fenimore Cooper (New York: AMS Press, 2015), an MLA/CSE approved edition with complete scholarly apparatus


IAH 207 Literature, Culture, Society

ENG 210 Introduction to English

ENG 314 Readings in American Literatures

ENG 316 Readings in Irish Literature

ENG 320C Methodologies of Literary History

ENG 364 Studies in 18th/19th Century Literature

ENG 443 Seminar in 19th Century American Literature

ENG 484 Critical Questions in Literary Schools or Movements