Below is a selected sampling of current books, articles, and dissertations relevant to the study of American women writers from the seventeenth century through the mid-twentieth century. Prices unless otherwise indicated are for hardcover editions.
Joslin, Katherine. Jane Addams: A Writer's Life. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2004. 344 pp. $35.00.
ALCOTT, LOUISA MAY
Butterworth-McDermott, Christine. "Behind a Mask of Beauty: Alcott's Beast in Disguise." ATQ 18.1 (2004): 25-49.
Deese, Helen R. "Louisa May Alcott's Moods: A New Archival Discovery." New England Quarterly 76 (2003): 439-55.
Gaul, Theresa Strouth. "Trance-Formations: Mesmerism and a Woman's Power in Louisa May Alcott's Behind a Mask." Women's Studies 32 (2003): 835-51.
Ceppi, Elisabeth. "In the Apostle's Words: Elizabeth Ashbridge's Epistle to the Goshen Monthly Meeting." Legacy 21 (2004): 141-55.
Harde, Roxanne. "'I consoled my heart': Conversion Rhetoric and Female Subjectivity in the Personal Narratives of Elizabeth Ashbridge and Abigail Bailey." Legacy 21 (2004): 156-71.
See Harde on Ashbridge.
Bohlke, Brent L., and Sharon Hoover, Willa Cather Remembered. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2002. 256 pp. $45.00.
Chaput, Catherine. "Democracy, Capitalism, and the Ambivalence of Willa Cather's Frontier Rhetorics: Uncertain Foundations of the U.S. Public University System." College English 66 (2004): 310-35.
Herring, Terrell Scott. "Willa Cather's Lost Boy: 'Paul's Case' and Bohemian Triumph." Arizona Quarterly 60.2 (2004): 87-116.
Marquis, Margaret. "The Female Body, Work, and Reproduction in Deland, Cather, and Dreiser." Women's Studies 32 (2003): 979-1001.
Perchal, Tim. "The Bohemian Paradox: My Antonia and Popular Images of Czech Immigrants." MELUS 29.2 (2004): 3-26.
CHILD, LYDIA MARIA
Mielke, Laura L. "Sentiment and Space in Lydia Maria Child's Native American Writings, 1824-1870." Legacy 21 (2004): 172-92.
Biggs, Mary. "'Si tu savais': The Gay/Transgendered Sensibility of Kate Chopin's The Awakening." Women's Studies 33 (2004): 145-82.
Bucher, Christina G. "Perversely Reading Kate Chopin's 'Fedora.'" Mississippi Quarterly 56 (2003): 373-89.
Holtman, Janet. "Failing Fictions: The Conflicting and Shifting Social Emphases of Kate Chopin's 'Local Color' Stories." Southern Quarterly 42.2 (2004): 73-88.
Nixon, Timothy. "Same Path, Different Purpose: Chopin's La Folle and Welty's Phoenix Jackson." Women's Studies 32 (2003): 937-57.
Shaker, Bonnie James. Coloring Locals: Racial Formation in Kate Chopin's Youth's Companion Stories. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2003. 168 pp. $32.95.
Stein, Allen. "The Kaleidoscope of Truth: A New Look at Chopin's 'The Storm.'" American Literary Realism 36.1 (2003): 51-64.
COOPER, ANNA JULIA
Saton-Taiwo, Sandra L. "The Effect of Cooper's A Voice from the South on W. E. B. Du Bois's Souls and Black Flame Trilogy." Philosophia Africana 7.2 (2004): 59-81.
DAVIS, REBECCA HARDING
Miles, Caroline S. "Representing and Self-Mutilating the Laboring Male Body: Re-examining Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron Mills." ATQ 18.2 (2004): 89-105.
Sonstegard, Adam. "Shaping a Body of One's Own: Rebecca Harding Davis's Life in the Iron-Mills and Waiting for the Verdict." Arizona Quarterly 60.1 (2004): 99-124.
See Marquis on Cather.
Burr, Zofia. Of Women, Poetry, and Power: Strategies of Address in Dickinson, Miles, Brooks, Lorde, and Angelou. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2002. 280 pp. $39.95.
Farr, Judith. The Gardens of Emily Dickinson. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2004. 368 pp. $25. …