Jennifer Gurley specializes in American literature and American philosophy before 1900 and has secondary research and teaching interests in the classics, Shakespeare, and the literature of 19th-century Mexican-American California. Her work has appeared in ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, Philosophy and Literature, and elsewhere and she has written a basic English grammar that revives the art of sentence diagramming.She is currently completing two books, one on Emerson as a religious writer and the other the collected poems of Ellen Sturgis Hooper (1812-48). She is also Editor of The Emerson Society Papers and is working on a major research resource Ralph Waldo Emerson's Library: A Complete, Annotated Bibliography, with Full Transcriptions of His Marginal Notes (anticipated completion 2022). She taught a course organized around the question "Why Do Humans Write?" that was supported by an NEH Enduring Questions Grant and she co-directed an NEH Summer Philosophy Institute for High School Teachers at the University of Virginia. Dr. Gurley was Faculty Senate President in 2015-2016.
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