Keat Murray has been a visiting professor at Swarthmore since 2010, offering a first-year seminar in American humor and courses in pre-1830 Native-Euro literature and American travel writing. Undergraduate archival research and projects in the Digital Humanities that support archival libraries are staples of his literature classes.
While he has published outside of his specialization in early American and nineteenth-century literature, his work in print is concentrated in those areas, especially on writers associated with Native- and European-American relations. Recently, he published an essay on Moravian missionary John Heckewelder and dissimulation in gentlemen culture, which appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Journal of the Early Republic. A pedagogical article that Murray co-authored with David Fialkow (Class of 2015) will appear in the October 2012 issue of Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life. Additionally, Murray is working on two book manuscripts, the first of which extends his research on Native America, class, and dissimulation in late colonial and early republic literature and letters.
For the second, Murray is constructing and editing a new scholarly edition of James Fenimore Cooper's 1835 satirical novel, The Monikins, for the AMS Press. Supporting this edition is Murray's research on the novel's historical context, textual history, and the cultural work of Cooper's singular social-political satire.