Accounting for Vocation: Social Reform and Mass Culture in Nineteenth-Century America
Associate Professor of English, New York University
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Brown University English Department
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PRÉCIS: Following the transatlantic career of a uniquely successful temperance advocate, John B. Gough, across spaces and platforms of mass communication, this paper maps the development of the public lecture as a civic institution and a professional enterprise.
Thomas Augst is Associate Professor of English at New York University, and currently researching the cultural history of social reform as an NEH Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society. He is the author of The Clerk's Tale: Young Men and Moral Life in Nineteenth-Century America. With Kenneth Carpenter, he is coeditor of Institutions of Reading: The Social Life of Libraries in the United States, and with Wayne Wiegand, coeditor of Libraries as Agencies of Culture.