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Anna Brickhouse

Linden Kent Memorial Professor of English and American Studies
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30pm-2:00pm | Bryan Hall 411

Office Address: 411 Bryan Hall

Anna Brickhouse joined the UVA faculty in 2005 and currently serves as Director of the Program in American Studies. She teaches and writes about nineteenth-century U.S. literature, and literary cultures of the Americas more broadly. Her first book, Transamerican Literary Relations and the Nineteenth-Century Public Sphere (Cambridge 2004), was awarded the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools as well as Honorable Mention for the ASA’s Laura Romero prize. Her second book, The Unsettlement of America: Translation, Interpretation, and the Story of Don Luis de Velasco, 1560-1945 (Oxford 2014), received the James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association as well as the inaugural Early American Literature book prize, and was awarded Honorable Mention for the ASA's John Hope Franklin Prize. Her work on The Unsettlement of America was supported by a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. Her work has appeared in PMLAALHAmerican Quarterly, and numerous other journals. She is currently researching a project on race, translation, and catastrophe. 


  • Ph.D. Columbia, 1998
  • M.A. Columbia, 1992
  • B.A. University of Virginia, 1990


Recent Articles

  • “Haiti,” essay for Critical Terms for Southern Studies, ed. Jennifer Greeson and Scott Romine      (forthcoming)
  • “Humanism and the (Other) American Revolution” in Humanism and Revolution: Eighteenth-Century Europe and Its Transatlantic Legacy (Heidelberg UP, 2015)
  • “Mistranslation, Unsettlement, and La Navidad,” PMLA (October 2014)
  • “The Transamerican Novel,” The American Novel: Beginnings to 1870, Oxford History of the Novel series (2014)
  • “Cabeza de Vaca, Lope de Oviedo, and Americas Exceptionalism” for Blackwell Companion to American Literary Studies (2011)
  • “Writing Unsettlement,” special issue on Atlantic History in Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History (2011)
  • “Scholarship and the State: Robert Greenhow and Transnational American Studies 1848/2008.” American Literary History (Fall, 2008)
  • "Hemispheric Jamestown." Hemispheric American Studies, ed. Caroline Levander and Robert Levine (Invited by editors, Rutgers University Press, 2008).
  • "L’Ouragan de Flammes (The Hurricane of Flames): New Orleans and Transamerican Catastrophe, 1866/2005." American Quarterly (December 2007).
  • "Autobiografia de un esclavo, 'El negro mártir,' and the Revisionist Geographies of Abolitionism." American Cultural Geographies, ed. Hsuan Hsu (Invited by editor; Delaware University Press, 2007).

Book Awards

For The Unsettlement of America, Oxford University Press 2014:
  • Annual James Russell Lowell Prize from the MLA (2015)
  • Inaugural Prize in Early American Literature from the Society of Early Americanists and and the MLA's Division on American Literature to 1800 (2015)
  • Honorable Mention for the John Hope Franklin Award, American Studies Association (2015)
For Transamerican Literary Relations and the Nineteenth-Century Public Sphere, Cambridge University Press, 2004:
  • Gustave Arlt Award for Best First Book in the Humanities, Council of Graduate Schools (2005)
  • Honorable Mention for the Lora Romero Award, American Studies Association (2005)