Academic journal article Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

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Academic journal article Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

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Joanne Dobson is a founding editor of Legacy, with Martha Ackmann and Karen Dandurand. Throughout her academic career, in which she has taught at Fordham University, Amherst College, and Tufts University, she has dedicated herself to recovering nineteenth-century American women's writing. As editor of the Rutgers American Women Writers Series, with Judith Fetterley and Elaine Showalter, she helped to transform college curricula. Among her scholarly publications are Dickinson and the Strategies of Reticence: The Woman Writer in Nineteenth-Century America (Indiana University Press, 1989) and an edition of The Hidden Hand; or, Capitola the Madcap, by E. D. E. N. Southworth, 1859 (Rutgers University Press, 1988).

More recently, Dobson has approached academia and nineteenth-century literary/academic themes through writing fiction. Her Karen Pelletier mystery series features an English professor sleuth whose success depends not only upon her keen observation and clever mind but also upon her familiarity with the nineteenth century and the high stakes of present-day literary scholarship. The first book in the series, Quieter Than Sleep (Doubleday, 1997), was nominated for an Agatha Award for best first mystery novel. This was followed by The Northbury Papers (Doubleday, 1998), The Raven and the Nightingale (Doubleday, 1999), Cold and Pure and Very Dead (Doubleday, 2000), The Maltese Manuscript (Poisoned Pen, 2003), and Death Without Tenure: A Professor Karen Pelletier Mystery (due out from Poisoned Pen in early 2010). …

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