Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

Publication covering women and literature.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 2, June

A Riff, a Call, and a Response: Reframing the Problem That Led to Our Being Tokens in Ethnic and Gender Studies; or, Where Are We Going Anyway and with Whom Will We Travel?
P. GABRIELLE FOREMAN University of Delaware In this essay's title, some of you will hear echoes of Nellie Y. McKay's "Namling the Problem That Led to the Question 'Who Shall Teach African American Literature?'; Or, Are We Ready to Disband the...
A Tribute to Frances Smith Foster
I should not have been incredulous, although I was, when I recently asked Professor Emerita Frances Smith Foster about the activities of her retirement, and she reported that she has been busy writing A Very Short Introduction to African American Literature....
Collaboration in the Archive: Finding, Shaping, and Disseminating Stories from a Missionary Writer's Network
Sarah Ruffing Robbins and Ann Ellis Pullen's Nellie Arnott Writings on Angola, 19051913: Missionary Narratives Linking Africa and America recently earned Honorable Mention for the SSAWW Edition Award, which was established to honor excellence in the...
Cultivate Your Look of Astonished Disdain: Seven Mentoring Lessons from Frances Smith Foster
When I received my doctorate from Emory University in 1999, I walked across campus with my dissertation chair and mentor, Dr. Foster. As we crossed the quad, she said to me, "Well, you may as well learn to call me Frances now, doctor." Having been...
Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics
Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics. By Alexandra Socarides. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. VII + 211 pp. $49.95 Cloth. Reading in Time: Emily Dickinson in the Nineteenth Century. By Cristanne Miller. Amherst: University of...
Editor's Note
As I write this note, Legacy is in the midst of many changes. Foremost among them is the departure of coeditor Nicole Tonkovich. Nicole has served the journal in multiple capacities: Having signed on as a consultant/reader in 1996, she became a member...
Ellen Mackay Hutchinson ([1851]-1933)
In 1882, pioneering woman journalist Ellen Mackay Hutchinson agreed to coedit, with Edmund Clarence Stedman, the most massive collection of American literature theretofore completed, A Library of American Literature.' Published in eleven volumes between...
Frances Smith Foster: A Select Bibliography
In this final tribute, we offer a sampling of Frances Smith Foster's published work. Because the SSAWW Lifetime Achievement Medal recognizes the recipient's support of and impact upon the work of others as well as her own scholarly contributions, we...
Her First Party
By Kate Chopin THE YOUTH'S COMPANION, 30 MARCH 1905 The party dress, a white organdy with touches of delicate pink, was finished, and hung beneath the chandelier in Millie's room. She had never been to an entertainment of any importance, and...
"Her First Party" as Her Last Story: Recovering Kate Chopin's Fiction
BONNIE JAMES SHAKER Independent Scholar ANGELA GIANOGLIO PETTITT Pennsylvania State University, Shenango Campus On 30 March 1905, the Youth's Companion published its twelfth and final story by Kate Chopin (1850-1904), seven months after...
Jessie Fauset's Plum Bun and the City's Transformative Potential
We are mainly indebted to writers of fiction for our more intimate knowledge of contemporary urban life. (3) Robert E. Park, "The City," 1925 In a moment of accumulated outrage at the humiliations of everyday racism, Angela Murray, the protagonist...
Maria Cristina Mena, Transnationalism, and Mass Media: Untold Stories in the Archive
Although today Maria Cristina Mena (1893-1965) is a relatively unknown author even among scholars of US women's literary history, at the peak of her career she distinguished herself as an authority on Mexican culture and a pioneer in Mexican American...
Mosaic of Fire: The Work of Lola Ridge, Evelyn Scott, Charlotte Wilder, and Kay Boyle
Mosaic of Fire: The Work of Lola Ridge, Evelyn Scott, Charlotte Wilder, and Kay Boyle. By Caroline Maun. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2012. ix + 196 pp. $44.95 cloth. Paul C. Jones, Ohio University Caroline Maul's Mosaic of Fire:...
My Protocol for Our Sister Americas (1)
Two typescripts of "My Protocol for Our Sister Americas" exist in the Maria Cristina Mena Chambers Papers.' The earlier version, reprinted below, is from 1943. The later version lacks a date, but one added line in Mena's handwriting notes Vice President...
Reading Frances Smith Foster
As early as 1979, Frances Smith Foster was writing about the potential cultural power of collaborative humanities pedagogy. In an article written long before the slew of new anthologies that took hold in classrooms in the 1990s (several of which would...
Solving an Intertextual Manuscript Mystery for Women's History: The Case of Hannah Mather Crocker's Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston
EILEEN HUNT BOTTING University of Notre Dame With her collaborator Sarah L. Houser, Eileen Hunt Boning was awarded the 2012 SSAWW Edition Award for the new edition of Hannah Mather Crocker's Reminiscences and Traditions of Boston. The award was...
Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching
Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching. By Crystal N. Feimster. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2009. 314 pp. $35.00 cloth/$19.95 paper. Jennie Lightweis-Goff, Tulane University At the keynote address to "Lynching and...
The Allotment Plot: Alice C. Fletcher, E. Jane Gay, and Nez Perce Survivance
The Allotment Plot: Alice C. Fletcher, E. Jane Gay, and Nez Perce Survivance. By Nicole Tonkovich. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2012. Vii + 418 pp. $65.00 cloth. Phillip Round, University of Iowa In presenting a multi-vocal collection...
The Complete Letters of Constance Fenimore Woolson
Edited by Sharon L. Dean. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012. ix 609 pp. $85.00 cloth. Melissa J. Homestead, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Scholars interested in Constance Fenimore Woolson and nineteenth-century American women's...
The Politics of the Body: Gender, Race, and Coalition after Twenty Years
In the end I come to the allegory of my own authorship. I began this project out of the desire to articulate connections between social action and literary expression and therefore to define my own critical work as, at least potentially, politically...
Transatlantic Women: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and Great Britain. Edited by Beth L. Lueck, Brigitte Bailey, And
Transatlantic Women: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and Great Britain. Edited by Beth L. Lueck, Brigitte Bailey, and Lucinda L. Damon-Bach. Durham University of New Hampshire Press, 2012. xxviii + 330 pp. $85.00 cloth/$39.95 paper/$34.95...
Tributes to Frances Smith Foster: Recipient of the SSAWW'S Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Medal, 2012
Introduction When we cast our bread upon the waters, we can presume that someone downstream whose face we will never know will benefit from our action, as we who are downstream from another will profit from that grantor's gift. (13) Maya Angelou,...
White Suffragist Dis/Entitlement: The Revolution and the Rhetoric of Racism
The canonization of the US woman suffrage movement and its most famous figures reveals a paradox. While Elizabeth Cady Stanton is arguably the movement's most recognizable symbol, historians Ellen DuBois and Richard Candida Smith have recently pointed...
Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance
Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance. By Ellen Gruber Garvey. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 304 pp. $99.00 cloth/$29.95 paper/From $14.57 e-book. Lori Merish, Georgetown University Scrapbooks...