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Dr. Mohlmann

Nicholas Mohlmann


Mohlmann’s academic interests include American poetry and poetics, corporate speech, corporate aesthetics, promotional literature, life writing, and theories of form.  His current work focuses on the intersection of form and agency in colonial America, particularly Virginia.  

His book, Trump and Autobiography: Corporate Culture, Political Rhetoric, and Interpretation is due out from Routledge Press in 2021.


He is at work on a second book project, tentatively titled Aesthetics of Authority: Poetry, Form, and Politics in Colonial Virginia, that recovers a genealogy of pre-Revolutionary Virginian poetry by examining how poets worked to aestheticize colonial Virginia’s unique forms of politics.

Degrees & Institutions:

Mohlmann received his bachelor’s degree in English from George Mason University, a master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Maine, and his Ph.D. in English from Purdue University.

Classes Taught:

AML 4014: Topics in Early American Literature

LIT 2030: Introduction to Poetry

LIT 5018: Topics in Fiction

AML 4640: Topics in Native American Literature

Keywords: American poetry and poetics, early American