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Hildegard Hoeller
Position: Professor, College of Staten Island. English
Campus Affiliation: College of Staten Island
Phone: 201-435-5236
Room Number: 4405
Office Hours: On leave
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Rutgers University
Research Interests: Nineteenth and early twentieth century American literature; fiction by African-American and Women Writers; literature and economy; literary traditions (sentimental writing, realism, naturalism, modernism, the Harlem Renaissance).
Specialization: African American Literature and Literary Theory|Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist/Queer Theory


Hildegard Hoeller is interested in American fiction and culture from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century, with emphasis on exploring texts by women and African-American writers. She particularly examies the role economics (from historical economic events and texts to gift theory to economic tropes) play in American novels. She also has a strong interest in a variety of literary traditions: sentimental writing, realism, naturalism, modernism, the Harlem Renaissance.

Selected Publications:

  • Edith Wharton’s Dialogue with Realism and Sentimental Fiction. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2000.

  • Norton Critical Edition of Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007.

  • “A Quilt for Life: Lydia Maria Child’s The American Frugal Housewife.” American Transcendental Quarterly 13.2 (June 1999), 89-104.

  •  “Race, Plagiarism, and Modernism: The Case of Nella Larsen’s ‘Sanctuary’.” African-American Review. 40.3 (Fall 2006), 421-438.

  • “Racial Currency: Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘The Gilded Six-Bits’ and the Gold Standard Debate,” American Literature. 77.4 (December 2005), 761-785.