Dr. Granville Ganter



Dr. Granville Ganter

Associate Professor

B.A., Boston University

M.A., University of Vermont

M.Phil.,  City University of New York

Ph.D., City University of New York



Research Focus: 18th and 19th Century U.S. Literature; Northeast Native American Studies; and African American literature

Granville Ganter graduated from the City University of New York in 1998 and joined the faculty at St. John’s. His research focuses on oratory, rhetoric, and performance from the colonial period through the Civil War. He frequently teaches courses on African American and Native American literary traditions, as well as surveys of the major writers of the colonial, early national, and Transcendental eras. He is the editor of The Collected Speeches of Sagoyewatha, or Red Jacket (Syracuse UP), and won an award for the 2004 best essay in African American Review, “He Made Us Laugh Some: Frederick Douglass’s Humor.” He has been awarded fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society and the New York Historical Society. He is an advisor for the department’s student-run journal, the St. John’s Humanities Review.



2013 Grierson Fellow, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College. Northampton, MA. Project: “Anne Laura Clarke: America’s First Career Lecturess, 1822-1835”

2007 NEH Summer Seminar Fellow, “The American Indian and Ethnohistory,” University of Oklahoma,,Project: “Sagoyewatha as a Traditional Speaker of the Haudenosaunee.”

2004 Darwin Turner Award for Best Essay in African American Review, 2003-4. “‘He Made Us Laugh Some’: Frederick Douglass’s Humor.”

2002 New York Historical Society, Delmas Fellow. Project: “When America Meant North America and South America: 1816-1826.”

2001 American Antiquarian Society, Peterson Fellow. Project: “Pregnant Words: the Matrix of Women’s Oratory, 1800-1850.”




The Collected Speeches of Sagoyewatha, or Red Jacket. Syracuse University Press, 2006. Supplementary Material: http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/redjacket/home.htm


Articles and Chapters:

“Learning About the Dead: The Role of Elite Preparatory Schools in Shaping Grateful Dead Experience,” Proceedings of the Grateful Dead Studies Association, vol. 1, 2021, pp. 91-98. https://deadstudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Proceedings_v1_Ganter.pdf http://deadstudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Proceedings_v1_Ganter.pdf

“The Soapbox Speech in Ellison’s Fiction” for Ralph Ellison in Context, edited by Paul Devlin, Cambridge UP, 2021, pp. 280-289. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/Ganter-Ellison.pdf

Invited peer-reviewed essay. “Figures of Speech: Coming-To-Voice in Frederick Douglass and the Amistad Rebellion,” Douglass Bicentennial issue of Rhetoric Review, “Frederick Douglass’s Rhetorical Legacy,” edited by Jack McKivigan and Jonathan Rossing, Rhetoric Review, vol. 37, no. 1, 2018, pp. 5-12. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/Ganter – Douglass Rhet Rev.pdf

Invited peer-reviewed essay. “Women’s Entrepreneurial Lecturing in the Early National Period.” Thinking Together: Lecturing, Learning, and Difference in the Nineteenth Century, Ed. Angela G. Ray and Paul Stob, Pennsylvania State UP, 2018, pp. 41-55. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/Ganter-WomensEntrepreneurial-ThinkingTogether.pdf

“Mistress of Her Affairs: Anne Laura Clarke, Traveling Lecturer of the 1820s.” New England Quarterly, vol. 87, no. 4, Dec 2014, pp. 709-746. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/ganter-clarke.pdf

“No Apology for the Show: Performance and Oratorical Self-Creation in Obama, Douglass, and Ellison” Race and Identity in Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father: A Collection of Critical Essays, Ed. Michael A. Zeitler and Charlene Evans, Edwin Mellen Press, 2011, pp. 16-28. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/obama-ganter.pdf

“Changing the Script: Susanna Rowson, Popular Drama, and Masquerade” in Charlotte Temple and Beyond: New Essays on Susanna Rowson. Ed. Jennifer Desiderio and Desiree Henderson. Studies in American Fiction, vol. 38, no. 1-2, Spring-Fall 2011, pp. 57-75. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/rowson.pdf

“‘Make Your Minds Perfectly Easy’: Sagoyewatha and the Great Law of the Haudenosaunee.” Early American Literature, vol 44, no. 1, 2009, pp. 121-14. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/ganter-easymind.pdf

—. with Hani Sarji, “‘May We Put Forth Our Leaves’: Rhetoric in the School Journal of Mary Ware Allen, a Student of Margaret Fuller’s from 1837-8.” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, vol 117, no. 1, 2007, pp. 61-142. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/ganter-marywareallen.pdf

“Red Jacket and the Decolonization of Republican Virtue.” American Indian Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 4, Fall 2007, pp. 559-581 http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/decolonization.pdf

“The Unexceptional Eloquence of Sarah Josepha Hale.” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, vol. 112, no. 2, Spring 2004, pp. 269-289. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/ganter-hale.pdf

“Sovereign Municipalities?: After the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980” Enduring Legacies: Native American Treaties and Contemporary Controversies. Ed. Bruce Johansen. Westport, CT, Praeger/Greenwood, 2004, pp. 25-43 http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/Enduring-micsa.pdf

“’He Made Us Laugh Some’: Frederick Douglass’s Humor.” African American Review, vol 37, no. 4, Winter 2003, pp. 535-552. Rpt. in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, vol. 235, Gale Research, 2010. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/ganter-douglass.pdf

“Decadence, Sexuality, and the Bohemian Vision of Wallace Thurman.” MELUS 28.2 (Summer 2003): 83-104. Rpt. New Voices on the Harlem Renaissance. Ed. Australia Tarver and Paula Barnes. Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2006, pp. 194-213. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/ganter-thurman.pdf

“Republican Pleasures: Emerson’s “Circles,” Oratory, and the Log Cabin Campaign.” American Transcendental Quarterly, vol 16, no. 4, Dec 2002, pp. 257-75. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/circles.pdf

“The Art of Prophecy: Interpretive Analysis, Academic Discourse, and Expository Writing” Composition Studies, vol 29, no. 1, Spring 2001, pp. 63-79. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/prophesy.pdf

“’You Are a Cunning People Without Sincerity’: Sagoyewatha and the Trials of Community Representation.” Native American Speakers of the Eastern Woodlands: Selected Speeches and Critical Analyses Ed. Barbara Mann. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2001, pp. 165-195.

“Tuning In: Daniel Webster, Alfred Schutz, and the Grateful Dead.” Dead Reckoning: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead Ed. John Rocco, New York: Schirmer Books, 1999, pp. 172-181. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/dead.htm

“The Active Virtue of The Columbian Orator.” New England Quarterly, vol 70, no. 3, Sept 1997, pp. 463-476. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/ganter-columbian.pdf

“Battles of Rhetoric: Oratory and Identity in The Last of the Mohicans.” James Fenimore Cooper Society Miscellaneous Papers, vol. 9, 1997, pp. 7-14.

“Voices of Instruction: Oratory and Discipline in Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans and The Redskins.” James Fenimore Cooper: His Country and His Art; Papers of the 1997 James Fenimore Cooper Symposium. Oneonta: SUNY Oneonta, 1999, pp. 47-53. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/voices-cooper.pdf

“Rioting, Textuality, and The Crying of Lot 49.” Found Object, vol 2, Fall 1993, pp. 67-81. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/ganter-lot49.pdf



Rev. of Embattled Freedom: Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps, by Amy Murrell Taylor, University of North Carolina Press, 2018; David Blight and Jim Downs, eds. Beyond Freedom: Disrupting the History of Emancipation. University of Georgia Press, 2017; Joseph P. Reidy, Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery. University of North Carolina Press, 2019. African American Review, vol. 53, no. 2, Summer 2020, pp. 154-8. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/Ganter – Rev Taylor Blight Downes Reidy.pdf

Rev. of Lecturing the Atlantic: Speech, Print and an Anglo-American Commons, 1830-1870, by Tom F. Wright. Oxford UP, 2017. Rhetorica: A Journal of the History of Rhetoric, vol. 38, no. 3, Fall 2020, pp. 323-325. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/Ganter-Rev of Wright.pdf

Rev. of Lyrical Liberators: The American Antislavery Movement in Verse, 1831-1865, edited by Monica Pelaez, Ohio UP, 2018. African American Review, vol. 53 no. 1, Spring 2020, pp. 73-75. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/Ganter – Rev PeleazFinal.pdf

Rev. of Jim Crow North: The Struggle for Equal Rights in Antebellum New England, by Richard Archer. Oxford UP, 2017, African American Review, vol 51. no. 3, Fall 2018, pp. 239-241. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/Ganter-Jim Crow North galley.pdf

Rev. of Heads: A History of Countercultural America, by Jesse Jarnow. St. John’s Humanities Review, 2016, pp. 42-47. http://stjenglish.com/wp-content/uploads/humanities-review-2016.pdf

Rev. of The Mount of Vision: African American Prophetic Vision, 1800-1950, by Chris Hobson.

Socialism and Democracy, vol. 27, no. 3, Nov 2013, pp. 163-166. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/Ganter-Hobson.pdf

“Saving Miles from Himself” Rev. of It’s About That Time: Miles Davis On and Off Record, by Richard Cook. Oxford UP, 2007. Popular Music and Society, vol 32, no. 3, July 2009, pp. 435.

“David Treuer’s Search for Extremely Indian Fiction.” Rev. of Native American Fiction: A User’s Manual, by David Treuer. Graywolf, 2007. St. John’s Humanities Review, vol. 6, no. 2, Spring 2008, pp. 155-159. http://stjenglish.com/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/6-2/05Ganter.pdf

Rev. of Daniel Webster and the Oratory of Civil Religion by Craig R. Smith. Columbia: U of Missouri P, 2005. in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, vol. 103, no. 3, Summer 2005, pp. 563-566. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/webster-civil.pdf

“Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980”; “Red Jacket”; “Joseph Brant” in The Encyclopedia of American Indian History. Eds. Bruce Johansen and Barry M. Pritzker. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2008. vol. 2, pp. 573-575; vol 3, pp. 829-831; vol 3, pp. 667-669

“Rhetoric.” American Literature Through History, 1820-1870. Ed. Robert Sattlemeyer and Janet Gabler-Hover. New York: Scribner’s, 2006. vol 3, pp. 984-989. http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~ganterg/ganter-rhetoric.pdf

Rev. of The Aesthetics and Politics of the Crowd in American Literature by Mary Esteve. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2003. The St. John’s Humanities Review, vol 1, no. 3, Fall 2003. http://stjenglish.com/wp-content/uploads/The-Aesthetics-and-Politics-of-the-Crowd-in-American-Literature.pdf

Rev. of Drop City by T.C. Boyle. New York: Vintage, 2003. The St. John’s Humanities Review, vol 1, no. 2, Spring 2003. http://stjenglish.com/wp-content/uploads/STJHUMRev-1-2-Dropcity.pdf

Rev. of Publics and Counterpublics by Michael Warner. New York: Zone Books, 2002. The St. John’s Humanities Review, vol 1, no. 1, Winter 2003, pp. 4-10. http://stjenglish.com/wp-content/uploads/STJHUMRev-1-1-publics.pdf

Rev. of Emerson, Thoreau, and the Cultural Critic by Sam McGuire Worley. Albany: SUNY UP, 2001.

New England Quarterly, vol. 75, no. 1, March 2002, pp. 165-167.

“Solomon Stoddard,” “David Humphreys,” “Jared Sparks,” “George Ticknor,” “N.P. Willis.” Encyclopedia of American Literature Ed. Steven Serafin. New York: Continuum, 1999.

“William Leete Stone” and “Benjamin Drake” American National Biography New York: Oxford, 1999. vol 20, pp. 874-5; vol 6, pp. 860-1.