Mark L. Kamrath, Ph.D.

Mark L. Kamrath is General Editor of the Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive and Scholarly Edition and Co-Director of the Center for Humanities and Digital Research. He teaches early American literature to 1865, the American novel to the Civil War, Native American literature, and courses in bibliography and research as well as digital humanities. He recently co-edited Political Pamphlets, Volume 4 of the Collected Writings of Charles Brockden Brown, Bucknell University Press (2020), and has developed with Philip Barnard and others an XML-based archive of all Brown's writings that incorporates TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) standards. He is a member of the Executive Council for the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium. He has also served as an MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions Inspector, and as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He is currently doing research on natural rights.

Education

  • Ph.D. from University of Nebraska (1996)
  • M.A. from University of Nebraska (1990)
  • B.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984)

Research Interests

  • Brown and the Early Republic, 1771-1810
  • Eighteenth-Century Periodicals and Print Culture
  • Native American Studies
  • Digital Humanities and Textual Editing

Selected Publications

Books

  • The Collected Writings of Charles Brockden Brown.  Political Pamphlets.  Volume 4.  Ed. Stephen Shapiro, Maureen Tuthill, and Mark L. Kamrath. General Editor, Mark L. Kamrath.  Rowman & Littlefield, with Bucknell University Press (2020).
  • The Collected Writings of Charles Brockden Brown, Volume 1, Letters and Early Epistolary Writings. Ed. Philip Barnard, Elizabeth Hewitt, Mark L. Kamrath. Assistant Editor, William Dorner. Consulting Editors, John R. Holmes and Fritz Fleischmann. Lewisberg: Bucknell UP (2013).
  • The Historicism of Charles Brockden Brown: Radical History and the Early Republic. Kent: Kent State UP (2010).
  • Periodical Literature in Eighteenth-Century America. Ed. Mark L. Kamrath and Sharon M. Harris. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P (2005).
  • Revising Charles Brockden Brown: Culture, Politics, and Sexuality in the Early Republic. Ed. Philip Barnard, Mark L. Kamrath, and Stephen Shapiro. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P (2004)
  • Cather, Willa. Obscure Destinies. 1932. Frederick M. Link with Kari Ronning and Mark Kamrath. The Willa Cather Scholarly Edition. Vol 5. Susan J. Rosowski and James Woodress, Gen. Eds. 13 vols. 1992—. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P (1998).

Articles/Essays

  • "Charles Brockden Brown." Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature. Oxford University Press.
  • “Early America, American Theosophists, Modernity—and India.” Themed Issue on “Desire and Deceit: India in the European’s Gaze” in Collaboration with Imagology Centre, University of Alba-Iulia, Romania. The Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities” 7: 2 (2015): 9-22. http://rupkatha.com/ 
  • "The Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive: Mapping Archival Access."  Mark L. Kamrath, Philip Barnard, Rudy McDaniel, William Dorner, Kevin Jardenah, Patricia Carlton, and Josejuan Rodriguez.  Archive Journal Issue 4, Spring 2014
    http://www.archivejournal.net/issue/4/archives-remixed/the-charles-brockden-brown-electronic-archive-mapping-archival-access-and-metadata/
  • "The Role of Native American Oratory in Republican Discourses and Periodicals of the Early Revolutionary Era, 1741-1775." Periodical Literature in Eighteenth-Century America. Ed. Mark L. Kamrath and Sharon M. Harris. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P (2005). 143-178.
  • "American Exceptionalism and Radicalism in the 'Annals of Europe and America' (1807-1809)." Revising Charles Brockden Brown: Culture, Politics, and Sexuality in the Early Republic. Ed. Philip Barnard, Mark L. Kamrath, and Stephen Shapiro. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P (2004). 354-84.
  • “An ‘inconceivable pleasure’ and the Philadelphia Minerva: Erotic Liberalism, Oriental Tales, and the Female Subject in Periodicals of the Early Republic.” American Periodicals 14 (2004): 3-34.
  • Eyes Wide Shut and the Cultural Poetics of Eighteenth-Century American Periodical Literature.” Early American Literature 37:3 (2002): 497-536.
  • “Charles Brockden Brown and the ‘art of the historian’: An Essay Concerning (Post)modern Historical Understanding.” Journal of the Early Republic 21 (Summer 2001): 231-60.
  • “Charles Brockden Brown and Contemporary Theory: A Review of Recent Critical Trends in Brown Scholarship.” Profils Américains. Ed. M. Amfreville & F. Charras. Université Paul-Valéry: Centre d’ Etudes et de Recherches sur la Culture et la Littérature Américaines, 1999—N. 11. 213-45.
  • "Brown and the Enlightenment: A Study of the Influence of Voltaire's Candide in Edgar Huntly." The American Transcendental Quarterly. New Series 5 (March 1991): 5-14.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • “Charles Brockden Brown and the Novel in the 1790s.”  Mark L. Kamrath, Philip Barnard, and Stephen Shapiro.  The Blackwell Companion to American Literature. Beginnings to 1820.  Ed Susan Belasco, Theresa Strouth Gaul, Linck Johnson, and Michael Soto. Chichester, West Sussex, England; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 2020.
  • “Brown’s ‘Annals of Europe and America.’” The Oxford Handbook of Charles Brockden Brown. Ed. Philip Barnard, Hillary Emmett, and Stephen Shapiro. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2019): 204-221.

Miscellaneous Publications

  • "Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage," "Union Humane Society," "New England Anti-Slavery Society," and "American Anti-Slavery Society" in Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political, and Historical Encyclopedia . 2 vols. Series. Ed. Junius P. Rodriguez. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, Inc, 2007. 161-162, 401, 455-456, and 489-490.
  • “Historiography: United States.” Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era. Ed. Christopher John Murray. Vol. 1. New York and London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2003. 509-510.
  • “Recent Charles Brockden Brown Bibliography.” Profils Américains. Ed. M. Amfreville & F. Charras. Université Paul-Valéry: Centre d’ Etudes et de Recherches sur la Culture et la Littérature Américaines, 1999—N. 11. 269-77.
  • "Caroline Matilda Warren Thayer." American Women Prose Writers to 1820. Ed. Carla Mulford with Angela Vietto and Amy Winans. The Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 200. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998. 365-72.

Awards

  • 2021-2022 Research Incentive Award (RIA). $5,000 (base pay increase).
  • 2021 Florida Humanities Council Greater Good Humanities in Academia Grant: “The Global Pandemic of 2020-2022: Historical Contexts and Current Perspectives.”  Mark L. Kamrath (PI). $5,000.
  • 2020 National Endowment for the Humanities, Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant, “Expanding UCF’s Center for Humanities and Digital Research (CHDR) Infrastructure, Research, and Public Programming.” Mark L. Kamrath (PI), Bruce Janz (Co-PI), Scot French (Co-PI), Amy Giroux (Co-PI), Connie Lester (Co-PI), Mike Shier (Co-PI).  $193,736 (matching).  
  • 2014-2015 Research Incentive Award (RIA). $5,000 (base pay increase). 
  • 2014 Office of Information Technologies and Resources. Proposal for Early American Imprints Series II Shaw-Shoemaker 1801-1819 database subscription selected by the UCF Technology Fee Committee for funding (2014-2015) $105,648.  
  • 2014 UCF College of Arts and Humanities Research Initiative Departmental Award. Florida Digital Humanities Consortium. $7,249. 
  • 2014 UCF College of Arts and Humanities Excellence in Research Award. $2,000. 
  • 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant. Mark L. Kamrath (PI) Rudy McDaniel, Co-PI. “Creating the Charles Brockden Brown Archive” (2012-2015). $200,000.. 
  • 2011 College of Arts and Humanities Interdisciplinary Grant, University of Central Florida. The Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive and Scholarly Edition. $7,500. 
  • 2009-2010 Research Incentive Award (RIA). $5,000 (base pay increase).
  • 2009 National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions Grant (2010-2012), Washington, D.C. Mark L. Kamrath (PI) Philip Barnard, Co-PI. The Letters of Charles Brockden Brown. $170,000. 
  • 2008 College of Arts and Humanities Interdisciplinary Grant, University of Central Florida. The Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive and Scholarly Edition. $15,985.
  • 2006 College of Arts and Humanities Interdisciplinary Grant, University of Central Florida. The Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive and Scholarly Edition. Ranked 1st out of 23 applications. $21,766.
  • Distinguished Scholar of the Inaugural Scholars’ Summit, Willa Cather Scholarly Edition, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, June 23-25, 2004.

                                                                                                                                              




Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19672 AML3031 American Literature Ⅰ Web-Based (W) Unavailable

This survey course is designed to introduce you to a wide and rich variety of American literature from its colonial beginnings to the mid-19th century, including works representing some of the diverse ethnic and racial strands of our literary heritage as well as texts by women writers frequently excluded from literary collections.  Since this course covers writings from the colonial period through the Civil War, we will become familiar with the historical and cultural circumstances surrounding the production of a given text and explore the development and expression of some fundamental ideas—-assumptions, myths, and beliefs—that still influence the ways Americans think about themselves and their society today.  In addition to studying a range of prose, poetry, and fictional works, we will also closely examine their aesthetic or rhetorical dimensions and practice ways of identifying representative issues and themes. The course uses You Tube and other media as part of its instruction.

Course requirements include weekly reading and discussion responses, a course paper, and a mid-term and final examination. (Note: To enroll in this course you must have previously taken ENC1101 and ENC 1102. ENG 3014 is highly recommended. This course satisfies the “Literary History” requirement)

11531 AML3640 Native American Literature Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Unavailable

This course structure is primarily historical, but it also uses region and culture in ways that are appropriate for various course goals. In contrast to the often-romantic depiction of the American Indian in history or films, this course surveys Native American literature from its traditional origins—including tales, songs, and oratory—to more modern responses in autobiography, fiction, poetry, and other contemporary genres by writers such as N. Scott Momaday and Louise Erdrich. In addition to learning about an alternate history and culture of North America and the “oral tradition” in different periods and regions, this course aims to explore a series of thematic and aesthetic continuities and to understand the various issues that face Native Americans both on and off reservation communities today. This course uses You Tube and other media as part of its instruction. Course requirements include reading, participation, brief written responses, a course paper, and a midterm and final exam.

(Note: This course fulfills the pre-1865 or “Literary History” requirement. To enroll in this course, you must have previously taken ENC1101 and ENC 1102. ENG 3014 is highly recommended, but not required.)

 

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81741 AML3031 American Literature Ⅰ Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Unavailable

"Pre-1865" literary history


This survey course is designed to introduce you to a wide and rich variety of literature from the period of colonization to the mid-19th century, including works representing some of the diverse ethnic and racial strands of our literary heritage as well as texts by women writers frequently excluded from literary collections.  Since this course covers writings from Native American sources through the Civil War, we will become familiar with the historical circumstances surrounding the production of a given text and explore the development and expression of some fundamental ideas—-assumptions, myths, and beliefs—that still influence the ways Americans think about themselves and their society.  In addition to studying a range of prose, poetry, and fictional works, we will also closely examine their aesthetic or rhetorical dimensions and practice ways of identifying representative issues and themes. The course uses You Tube and other media as part of its instruction.

Course requirements include weekly reading and responses, a course paper, and a mid-term and final examination. (Note: To enroll in this course you must have previously taken ENC1101 and ENC 1102. ENG 3014 is highly recommended. This course satisfies the “Literary History” requirement)

80576 ENG5009 Methods Bibleo & Research Web-Based (W) Unavailable

Beyond the general aim of introducing you to a range of research methods and related professional issues in the field of English, this course has several goals. First, it aims to review current approaches to literary and cultural studies, including the field of technical writing, and  ways, for example, that feminist and “border” studies enable us to engage texts from provocative points of view. Second, we will focus on basic tools of literary scholarship and the kinds of questions—and answers—that lead to productive library research. Our purpose in doing that is to go beyond “Google” and to become adept with the use of various print and electronic resources as well as appropriate research strategies. Third, we will examine specific bibliographical, critical, and textual problems; this will give us further practical experience in collecting research materials, weighing evidence, reaching conclusions, and constructing scholarly arguments. 

While an asynchronous UCF Webcourse, course requirements include weekly reading and discussion postings, individual and collaborative research assignments, an annotated bibliography, and a final exam.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51356 AML3031 American Literature Ⅰ Web-Based (W) A Unavailable

This is a "pre-1865" literary history class.

This survey course is designed to introduce you to a wide and rich variety of literature from the period of colonization to the mid-19th century, including works representing some of the diverse ethnic and racial strands of our literary heritage as well as texts by women writers frequently excluded from literary collections. Since this course covers writings from Native American sources through the Civil War, we will become familiar with the historical circumstances surrounding the production of a given text and explore the development and expression of some fundamental ideas—-assumptions, myths, and beliefs—that still influence the ways Americans think about themselves and their society. In addition to studying a range of prose, poetry, and fictional works, we will also closely examine their aesthetic or rhetorical dimensions and practice ways of identifying representative issues and themes. The course uses You Tube and other media as part of its instruction.

This 6-week course is reading intensive. Course requirements include weekly reading and discussion posts, a course paper, and a course examination. (Note: To enroll in this course you must have previously taken ENC1101 and ENC 1102. ENG 3014 is highly recommended. This course satisfies the “Literary History” requirement)


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
20449 AML3640 Native American Literature Web-Based (W) Unavailable
AML 3640 NATIVE AMER LIT

This course structure is primarily historical, but it also uses region and culture in ways that are appropriate for various course goals. In contrast to the often romantic depiction of the American Indian in history or films, this course surveys Native American literature from its traditional origins—including tales, songs, and oratory—to more modern responses in autobiography, fiction, poetry, and other contemporary genres by writers such as N. Scott Momaday and Louise Erdrich. In addition to learning about an alternate history and culture of North America and the “oral tradition” in different periods and regions, this course aims to explore a series of thematic and aesthetic continuities and to understand the various issues that face Native Americans both on and off reservation communities today. This course uses You Tube and other media as part of its instruction. Course requirements include reading, participation, brief written responses, a course paper, and a midterm and final exam.

(Note: This course fulfills the pre-1865 or “Literary History” requirement. To enroll in this course you must have previously taken ENC1101 and ENC 1102. ENG 3014 is highly recommended, but not required.)
19512 AML4101 American Novel Web-Based (W) Unavailable
AML 4101 Kamrath

The purpose of this course is to examine the American novel from its beginnings to 1900, to understand its various historical, cultural and discursive contexts, and to become more skilled in critical reading, writing, and thinking. The course explores how gothic, romantic, realist, and naturalist movements took shape and how various writers negotiated questions about race, social class, gender and sexuality, religious belief, and economic difference. At the same time, it also closely examines the ways sentimental, gothic, romantic, evangelical, and other discourses contributed to the American novel. We will read and discuss novels by Hannah Webster Foster, Charles Brockden Brown, James Fenimore Cooper, Nathanial Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Harriet E. Wilson, Mark Twain, and Stephen Crane.

(Note: This course fulfills the pre-1865 or “Literary History” requirement. To enroll in this course you must have previously taken ENC1101 and ENC 1102. ENG 3014 and AML 3031 are highly recommended, but not required.)
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
92971 AML3031 American Literature Ⅰ Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 12:30 PM - 01:20 PM Unavailable
AML 3031
This survey course is designed to introduce you to a wide and rich variety of literature from the period of colonization to the mid-19th century, including works representing some of the diverse ethnic and racial strands of our literary heritage as well as texts by women writers frequently excluded from literary collections.  Since this course covers writings from Native American sources through the Civil War, we will become familiar with the historical circumstances surrounding the production of a given text and explore the development and expression of some fundamental ideas—-assumptions, myths, and beliefs—that still influence the ways Americans think about themselves and their society.  In addition to studying a range of prose, poetry, and fictional works, we will also closely examine their aesthetic or rhetorical dimensions and practice ways of identifying representative issues and themes. The course uses You Tube and other media as part of its instruction.  

 

            Course requirements include weekly reading and responses, a course paper, and a mid-term and final examination. (Note: To enroll in this course you must have previously taken ENC1101 and ENC 1102. ENG 3014 is highly recommended. This course satisfies the “Literary History” requirement)
80621 ENG5009 Methods Bibleo & Research Web-Based (W) Unavailable
ENG 5009
Beyond the general aim of introducing you to a range of research methods and related professional issues in the field of English, this course has several goals. First, it aims to review current approaches to literary and cultural studies, including the field of technical writing, and  ways, for example, that feminist and “border” studies enable us to engage texts from provocative points of view. Second, we will focus on basic tools of literary scholarship and the kinds of questions—and answers—that lead to productive library research. Our purpose in doing that is to go beyond “Google” and to become adept with the use of various print and electronic resources as well as appropriate research strategies. Third, we will examine specific bibliographical, critical, and textual problems; this will give us further practical experience in collecting research materials, weighing evidence, reaching conclusions, and constructing scholarly arguments.

Course requirements include access to UCF WebCourses, weekly reading and discussion postings, individual and collaborative research assignments, an annotated bibliography, and a final exam.
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50686 AML3031 American Literature Ⅰ Web-Based (W) A Unavailable

This survey course is designed to introduce you to a wide and rich variety of literature from the period of colonization to the mid-19th century, including works representing some of the diverse ethnic and racial strands of our literary heritage as well as texts by women writers frequently excluded from literary collections.  Since this course covers writings from Native American sources through the Civil War, we will become familiar with the historical circumstances surrounding the production of a given text and explore the development and expression of some fundamental ideas—-assumptions, myths, and beliefs—that still influence the ways Americans think about themselves and their society.  In addition to studying a range of prose, poetry, and fictional works, we will also closely examine their aesthetic or rhetorical dimensions and practice ways of identifying representative issues and themes. The course uses You Tube and other media as part of its instruction.  

 

            Course requirements include weekly reading and responses, a course paper, and a mid-term and final examination. (Note: To enroll in this course you must have previously taken ENC1101 and ENC 1102. ENG 3014 is highly recommended. This course satisfies the “Literary History” requirement) 

Updated: May 17, 2022