Hildegard Hoeller is Professor of English with an appointment in English and Women's Studies at the Graduate Center. Her academic and teaching interests are 19th and 20th Century American literature, with an emphasis on women writers and African-American writers. She specializes in fiction, and she is particularly interested in the sentimental tradition and in the connections between fiction and economic thinking.  


BA, University of Saarland (Germany)

BS, University of Saarland (Germany)

MA, Rutgers University

PhD, Rutgers University

Scholarship / Publications

Norton Critical Edition of Horatio Alger’s Ragged Dick. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007.

Keywords for Academic Writers. Co-authored with Rebecca Brittenham. New York: Longman, 2004.

Edith Wharton’s Dialogue with Realism and Sentimental Fiction. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2000.

“From Agony to Ecstasy: The New Studies of American Sentimentality,” ESQ: Journal of the American Renaissance 52:4 (Fall 2006), 339-369.

“Freaks and the American Dream: Horatio Alger, P.T.Barnum and the Art of Humbug,” Studies in American Fiction 34.2 (Autumn 2006), 189-214.

“Race, Plagiarism, and Modernism: The Case of Nella Larsen’s ‘Sanctuary’,”   African-American Review 40.3 (Fall 2006), 421-438.

“Racial Currency: Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘The Gilded Six-Bits’ and the Gold Standard Debate,” American Literature 77.4 (December 2005), 761-785.

“Self-Reliant Women in Frances Harper’s Writings,” American Transcendental Quarterly 19.3 (September 2005), 205-220.

“Herland and Hisland: Sickness and ‘Health’ in the Writings of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Theodore Dreiser.” Dreiser Studies. Winner of Theodore Dreiser Essay Prize, 2003. Dreiser Studies 34.2 (Winter 2003), 24-44.
“A Quilt for Life: Lydia Maria Child’s The American Frugal Housewife.” American Transcendental Quarterly 13.2 (June 1999), 89-104.