Recent Publications of Interest to SSAWW Members
Women and Authorship in Revolutionary America
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Roman, Camille. ELIZABETH BISHOP'S WORLD WAR II-COLD WAR VIEW. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan of St. Martin's Press, 2001, 2004.
Managing Literacy, Mothering America: Women's Narratives on Reading and
MAJOR VOICES: THE DRAMA OF SLAVERY, edited by Eric Gardner (Toby Press, 2005).
Family, Kinship and Sympathy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, by Cindy
Weinstein (Cambridge 2004), recasts our understanding of sentimental fictions
and contends that the novels do nothing less than reimagine the bourgeois family
according to a paradigm of love rather than blood. Much sentimental fiction makes
the case that families organized by choice rather than consanguinity are far more
capable of providing their protagonists with the sentimental education she requires.
In addition, sentimental novels are profoundly attentive to the fact of slavery, and
many of them self-consciously position the trials of their heroines in relation to the
horrors of slavery. Novels by Maria Cummins, Mary Jane Holmes, Caroline Lee Hentz ,
and Mary Hayden Green Pike are far more complex -- ideologically and aesthetically --
than has been recognized.
Writing for Immortality: Women and the Emergence of High Literary
Out in Public: Configurations of Women's Bodies in Nineteenth-Century America, by Alison Piepmeier (University of North Carolina Press, 2004). This book examines women's bodies as a site for their public self-construction. In particular, the book looks closely at the lives and works of actress and playwright Anna Cora Mowatt (1819-1871), Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910), abolitionist and feminist orator Sojourner Truth (1797-1883), antilynching journalist Ida B. Wells (1862-1931), and Godey's Lady's Book editor Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879). Rather than relying on familiar binaries such as public/private and victim/agent, the book presents women's public embodiment as multiple, transitional, strategic, playful, and contested. More information is available at http://uncpress.unc.edu/chapters/piepmeier_out.html.
Social Stories: The Magazine Novel in Nineteenth-Century America, by Patricia Okker (University of Virginia Press, 2003). This book examines the serialized novel in nineteenth-century America, focusing specifically on the magazine novels' direct engagement with social,
The Cambridge Companion to Harriet Beecher Stowe, edited by Cindy Weinstein (Cambridge University Press, June 2004) .
Maternal Body and Voice in Toni Morrison, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Lee Smith , by Paula Gallant Eckard (University of Missouri Press, 2002).
This book examines how maternal experience is depicted in selected novels by three American writers, emphasizing how they focus on the body and the voice of the mother.
Autobiographical Writing and Performing: An Introductory, Contemporary Guide to Process and Research in Speech Performance , by Diane Howard
Based on an historical overview, this book outlines techniques for writing and performing autobiography.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: A Norton Critical Edition . eds.
This is an annotated edition of Incidents which includes other writings
The Island of Lost Luggage , by Janet McAdams (University of Arizona Press, 2000). American Book Award Winner 2001; First Book Award in Poetry, Native Writers Circle of the Americas, 1999.
This award-winning collection of poetry forges surprising links among seemingly unrelated forms of violence and resistance in today's world: war in Central America, abuses against Nature, the battleground of the bedroom. McAdams evokes the absurdity of everyday existence as she sends out a new call for social responsibility.
Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing , edited by
A literary reader spanning 100 years of Asian American writing,
Transfiguring America: Myth, Ideology, and Mourning in Margaret Fuller's Writing by Jeffrey Steele (University of Missouri Press, 2001).
Transfiguring America is the product of more than ten years of research and numerous published articles on Margaret Fuller, arguably America's first feminist theorist and one of the most important woman writers in the nineteenth century. Focusing on Fuller's development of a powerful language that paired cultural critique with mythmaking, Steele shows why her writing had such a vital impact on the woman's rights movement and modern conceptions of gender.
From Walden Pond to Jurassic Park: Activism, Culture, American Studies by Paul Lauter (Duke University Press, 2001).
A collection of essays on a variety of subjects related to American Studies and American literature: American Studies at home and abroad, film, modernisms, anthologies, my Junior High School songbook. Of particular interest to SSAWW members are the essays on Amy Lowell and, perhaps, The Heath Anthology of American Literature.
American Indian Literature and the Southwest: Contexts and Dispositions by
Drawing on a wide range of cultural productions, this book investigates the Southwest as both a real and a culturally constructed site of migration and encounter, in which the very identities of "native" and "alien" shift with each act of travel. It includes chapters on Mary Austin and Sarah Winnemucca, Willa Cather, and Leslie Marmon Silko, among many others.
Double Take: A Revisionist Harlem Renaissance Anthology , edited by Venetria Patton and Maureen Honey (Rutgers U. Press 2001).
This anthology contains equal numbers of contributions by men and women of the Harlem Renaissance and is intended to highlight issues of gender within the context of the period. It includes essays, poetry, fiction, drama, period illustrations, biographies of the creative writers, and a critical introduction.
Hungry Heart: The Literary Emergence of Julia Ward Howe , by Gary Williams (U Mass P, 1999).
Provides a biographical/cultural context for analysis of Howe's first three published works (Passion-Flowers, 1854; Words for the Hour and The World's Own, both 1857). Also offers a summary of and speculation about Howe's never-published narrative "Laurence," whose eponymous main character is a hermaphrodite.
Approaches to Teaching Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin , edited by Elizabeth Ammons and Susan Belasco (MLA, 2000).
A collection of essays on teaching the novel; includes essays on the historical and cultural context, controversies and debates; UTC in relation to other texts (such as Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and The History of Mary Prince); critical approaches; and bibliographies and resources.
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