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Carrie Tirado Bramen

Associate Professor
Office: 537 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-0707
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The recipient of three teaching awards including the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Carrie Tirado Bramen teaches courses in nineteenth-century American literature, American 1890s, US Latino/a studies, travel writing and American Pluralism.

She is the author of The Uses of Variety: Modern Americanism and the Quest for National Distinctiveness (Harvard UP 2000), which was co-winner of the Thomas J. Wilson prize for best first book published by Harvard. She is also the author of numerous articles and book chapters on a range of topics, most recently on the Christology of niceness in Harriet Beecher Stowe; and how nineteenth-century Argentine travel writers constructed a notion of American Exceptionalism centered on the flirt. She has also published essays on Leslie Fiedler, Henry James and Gayl Jones.

She is the recipient of multiple fellowships including the Charles Warren Fellowship at Harvard; a summer research fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society; and most recently, the Ann LaBastille Writer-in-Residency at the Adirondack Center for Writing.

She was elected Chair of the American Literature Section of the MLA in 2015-2016, after serving on its Advisory Council, and was instrumental in redefining the organization as the American Literature Society in 2016.

Most recently, she was elected Program Chair of C19: Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists for the biennial conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in March 2018.

Her second book, American Niceness: A Cultural History, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press (Fall 2017).


nineteenth-century American literature, U.S. Latino/a literature, cultural history, critical race theory, transatlantic & intellectual history

Current Courses

Works in Progress

  • American Niceness (monograph)

Selected Publications


  • The Uses of Variety: Modern Americanism and the Quest for National Distinctiveness: Harvard University Press, 2000. [Co-winner of the Thomas J. Wilson Prize, awarded by the Board of Syndics at Harvard University Press for best first book published in all fields.]

Guest Editor

  • Nineteenth Century Prose. Special Issue on the “Picturesque.” 29:2 (Fall 2002).

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Flirting in Yankeeland: Rethinking American Exceptionalism through Nineteenth-Century Argentine Travel Writing." The Latino Nineteenth Century, ed. Rodrigo Lazo and Jesse Alemán (New York UP, forthcoming)
  • "The Christology of Niceness: Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Jesus Novel and Sacred Trivialities." Beyond Protestant Modernism: American Religious Liberalism Revisited.  Ed. Leigh Schmidt and Sally Promey (Indiana University Press 2012).
  • "James, Pragmatism and the Realist Ideal." The Cambridge History of the American Novel. Eds. Lenny Cassuto, Clare Eby and Benjamin Reiss. (Cambridge UP, 2011).
  • "1941—An Insolent Style–Leslie Fiedler." New Literary History of America, ed. Werner Sollors and Greil Marcus.  (Harvard UP 2009).
  • "Speaking in Typeface: Characterizing Stereotypes in Gayl Jones’ Mosquito." Modern Fiction Studies 49:1 (Spring 2003): 124-154. Special Issue on "Fictions of the American (Trans)Imaginary," edited by Ramón Saldívar and Paula Moya.
  • "Why the Academic Left Hates Identity Politics." Textual Practice 16:2 (Spring 2002): 1-11.
  • "The Urban Picturesque and the Spectacle of Americanization." American Quarterly 52:3 (September 2000): 444-477.
  • "William Dean Howells and the Failure of the Urban Picturesque." The New England Quarterly (March 2000): 83-99.
  • "Christian Maidens and Heathen Monks: Oratorical Seduction at the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions." The Puritan Origins of American Sex. ed. Tracy Fessenden et al. New York: Routledge, 2000. 191-212.
  • "The Americanization of Theron Ware," Novel: A Forum on Fiction (Fall 1997).