Associate Professor of English
Professor Nurmi's research examines the intersections of literature and environmental science in nineteenth-century America, particularly how developments in life and earth sciences altered the trajectory of U.S. literary history. He recently co-edited the anthology Melville among the Philosophers (2017), featuring an afterword by Cornel West, and his first book, Magnificent Decay: Melville and Ecology, was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2020.
Office: LA 425
Office Hours: Spring 2021, Thursdays 2-5pm via Webex (or by appointment)
Magnificent Decay: Melville and Ecology. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2020.
“Mineral Melville.” J19: Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 7.1 (2019): 155-83.
Melville Among the Philosophers. Ed., with Corey McCall. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.
“Shackle, Sycamore, Shibboleth: Material Geographies of the Underground Railroad.” Cartographies of Exile: A New Spatial Literacy. Ed. Karen Elizabeth Bishop. London: Routledge, 2016: 111-132.
“Stranger in Japan” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 18:1 (2016): 128-130.
“Shadows in the Shenandoah: Melville, Slavery, and the Elegiac Landscape.” Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 17:3 (2015): 7-24.
“Wallace’s Choice.” The Wire in the College Classroom: Pedagogical Approaches to the Humanities. NC: McFarland Press, 2015: 160-178.