Assistant Professor of American Literature
Brink Hall 204
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102
Zachary Turpin researches nineteenth-century periodical culture, digital humanities, textual recovery, and the history of epistemology and the sciences.
Zachary Turpin joined the English Department at the University of Idaho in 2017. His research focuses on nineteenth-century periodical culture, digital humanities, textual recovery, and the history of epistemology and the sciences. His forthcoming book, Whitman Redux, reexamines the development of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass in light of the poet's serialized periodical prose of the 1850s, particularly Whitman's second novella (Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, 1852) and his pseudonymous wellness manifesto (Manly Health and Training, 1858). Besides hunting up further possible Whitman publications, Turpin also pursues unaccounted-for periodical works by a number of major American women authors of the nineteenth century, including Rebecca Harding Davis, Emma Lazarus, Susan Warner, Louisa May Alcott, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
In 2017, he became a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, where he has been searching for a number of missing American literary texts, analyzing literary networks in antebellum New York City literary newspapers, and exploring the possibilities for large-scale public engagement and education using digital archives. His teaching experience includes courses on the history of short fiction and of drama, American literature pre-1865, Walt Whitman, and academic and professional writing.
- Ph.D., English Language and Literature, University of Houston, 2017
- M.A., English Literature, College of Charleston and the Citadel, 2007
- B.A., English Literature, New York University, 2004
- The Collected Writings of Walt Whitman—The Journalism: Volume III, 1848-1859, ed. Douglas Noverr, Jason Stacy, and Zachary Turpin. Peter Lang, 2018 (forthcoming).
- Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, by Walt Whitman, ed. and intro. Zachary Turpin. University of Iowa Press, 2017.
- Manly Health and Training, by Walt Whitman, ed. and intro. by Zachary Turpin. Phaidon / Regan Arts, 2016.
Articles and Notes
- “Melville’s ‘October Mountain’: A Mystery Solved?” Leviathan 19.1 (March 2017).
- “Melville’s Letter to the World,” Leviathan 19.1 (March 2017).
- “Introduction to Life and Adventures of Jack Engle,” WWQR 34.3/4 (Winter/Spring 2017).
- “Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass Goes to England,” ALR 49.2 (Winter 2017).
- “Whitman in the Abstract,” WWQR 34.3/4 (Fall 2016).
- “Yearning to Breathe Free: Emma Lazarus’s Queer Innovations,” J19 4.2 (Fall 2016).
- “The Knickerbocker and ‘Isle of the Cross’,” Leviathan 18.2 (June 2016).
- “Seventy-Three Uncollected Short Works by Rebecca Harding Davis,” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 35.1 (Spring 2016).
- “Introduction to Walt Whitman’s ‘Manly Health and Training’,” WWQR 33.3/4 (Spring 2016).
- “Two Newly Recovered Pieces of Journalism by Ambrose Bierce,” ALR 48.3 (Spring 2016).
- “Melville, Mathematics, and Platonic Idealism,” Leviathan 17.2 (June 2015).
- “Hawthorne the Unreliabilist: His Epistemology in ‘The Custom-House’ and Other Prefaces,” ESQ 60.4 (Winter 2014).
- “‘Der Hyphen’: A Newly Rediscovered Poem by L. Frank Baum,” Baum Bugle 58.3 (Winter 2014).
- Whitman Redux. University of Iowa Press (forthcoming).
- Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress, 2017-18.
- Future Faculty Fellowship (F3), University of Houston, 2015.
- Wyman H. Herendeen Award for Excellence in Scholarly Publication (twice), University of Houston, 2014 and 2015.