Stephen Railton

Professor Emeritus

439 Bryan Hall

Office Hours: M 11:00-12:00 W 1:00-1:50 F 9:00-9:50
Class Schedule: MWF 10:00-10:50, MW 2:00-3:15

American, Digital Humanities


Ph.D. Columbia, 1975
M.A. Columbia, 1971
B.A. Columbia, 1970


Mark Twain: A Short Introduction, Wiley-Blackwell, 2003
Authorship and Audience, Princeton University Press, 1991
Fenimore Cooper: A Study of His Life and Imagination, Princeton University Press, 1978

Edited Works

Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (ed.), Bedford St. Martin's, 2007
Emerson and His Legacy (ed.), Southern Illinois University Press, 1986
R. M. Bucke's Walt Whitman (ed.), New York University Press, 1974

Digital Projects


  • “Pioneering American Fiction: James Fenimore Cooper,” in Cambridge Companion to American Novelists, ed. Timothy Parrish, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2012).
  • “Mark Twain and His Times,” in Mark Twain: Critical Insights, ed. Ken Rasmussen (Salem Press, 2010)
  • “Readapting Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction on Screen (ed. Barton Palmer, Cambridge Univ. Press,  2007).
  • “The Twain-Cable Connection,” A Companion to Mark Twain (ed. Budd and Messent, Blackwell, 2006).
  • "Mark Twain Tries to Get the Last Laugh: Hadleyburg and Other Performances," 2006.
  • "Re-Adapting Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Novel on Film," 2006.
  • "The Twain-Cable Connection," 2005.
  • "The Tragedy of Mark Twain, by Pudd'nhead Wilson" (2002).
  • "White Readers and Black Slaves" in Teaching Uncle Tom's Cabin. (2000).
  • "'As If I Were With You': The Performance of Whitman's Poetry," in The Cambridge Companion to Walt Whitman (1995).
  • "The Address of The Scarlet Letter," in Readers in History (1993).
  • "Pilgrims' Politics: Steinbeck's Art of Conversion," in New Essays on The Grapes of Wrath (1990).
  • "Jim and Mark Twain: What Do Dey Stan' For?" Virginia Quarterly Review (1987).
  • "Seeing & Saying: The Dialectic of Emerson's Eloquence," in Emerson and His Legacy.

Recent Public Lectures

  • Summer 2011 – “We Were Progressing, That Was Sure,” NEH Summer Workshop, Mark Twain House
  • Summer 2011 – “The Site of Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” Stowe Society Annual Meeting, ALA National Conference, Boston
  • Spring 2011 – “Faulkner at Virginia”/”Mark Twain, Virtually,” UVA Alumni Clubs in Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, Asheville
  • Fall 2010 – “I Just Wanted to Go Somewheres,” En Route Symposium, Center for Twain Studies, Elmira College
  • Summer 2010 – “Faulkner at Virginia,” Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference, University of Mississippi
  • Summer 2009 – “Huckleberry Finn – Classrooms and Controversy,” NEH
  • Summer Workshop, Mark Twain HouseFall 2008 – “Mark Twain, Speechless,” Annual Mark Twain Dinner, Lotus Club, New York City
  • Summer 2007 – “Uncle Tom’s Cabin on Film,” Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the Web of Culture conference (which I co-directed), Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
  • Fall 2006 -- “Mark Twain, Virtually,” Center for Twain Studies, Elmira College
  • Fall 2005 – “Mark Twain Tries to Get the Last Laugh,” Mark Twain Circle of America Annual Meeting, MLA National Convention
  • Spring 2004 -- “Uncle Tom’s Cabin & American Culture: 3 Works in Progress,” Vassar College
  • Fall 2002 -- "Uncle Tom's Cabin in the Web of Culture," The Huntington Library conference, Topsy-Turvy: Uncle Tom's Cabin Turns 150"
  • Fall 2002 -- "The Site of Uncle Tom's Cabin," Gettysburg College (E-Lincoln Prize Speech)
  • Spring 2001 -- "Teaching American Literature," Temple University English Dept.
  • Summer 2000 -- "Virtual Unrealities: Black Figures and White Fictions," Carter G. Woodson Institute for African American and African Studies, Univ. of Virginia
  • Spring 1999 -- "Criticism as Fiction," presented to the Poe Society Session, American Literature Association National Conference, Baltimore

Major Grants Received

  • 2016-2019 – NEH Collaborative Research Grant
  • 2013-2014 – NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant
  • 2004-2008 – Scholarly Edition Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 2006-2007 – Collaborative Research Grant, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 2002-2004 – Materials Preservation Grant, National Endowment for the Arts
  • 1998-1999 – Fellow in Residence Grant, Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities,University of Virginia