Language and Literature


Susan Roberson

Professor of English

Teaching Interests

19th-century American literature

Travel literature

Selected Works


Emerson in His Sermons: A Man-Made Self. U Missouri, 1995.

Women, America, and Movement: Narratives of Relocation. Ed w/Intro. Susan Roberson. U Missouri P, 1998.

Defining Travel: Diverse Visions. Ed. Susan Roberson. UP of Mississippi, 2007.

Antebellum American Women Writers and the Road: American Mobilities. Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature. Routledge UP, 2010.

Exploring the Global Caribbean. Ed. w/intro. Susan Roberson. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

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Recent Articles

“Geographies of Expansion: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Travel Writing.”  Inventing Destiny, ed. Jimmy Bryan.  University of Kansas Press (in submission)

“Nineteenth-Century Travel Writing.”  Blackwell Companion to American Literature, ed. Susan Belasco, Linck Johnson, Michael Soto, and Theresa Strouth Gaul (forthcoming)

“North America/USA.”  Routledge Companion to Travel Writing, ed. Carl Thompson.  London: Routledge Press, 2016. 351-360.

“Caribbean Conversations:  Travel, Slavery and Empire.”  Essays Exploring the Global Caribbean.  Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publications, 2013.136-156.

“Emerson’s English Traits and the Paradox of Empire.”  New England Quarterly 84.2 (June 2011):  265-285. 

“Transcendentalism and Sermons.”  Oxford Handbook of Transcendentalism, ed. Joel Myerson, Sandra Petrulionis, Laura Walls (Oxford UP, 2010)

“American Women and Travel Writing.” Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing, ed. Alfred Bendixen and Judith Hamera (Cambridge UP, 2008)


"Towards an Aesthetics of South Texas Women Artists" NEH grant

"Exploring the Global Caribbean" NEH grant 2009-2012

Current Project

Book-length study of 19th century American travel writing

Contact Information

Department of Language and Literature; College of Arts and Sciences
Sam Fore Hall Room 101C
MSC 162 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361.593.4707

Susan Roberson