Academic journal article Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

Approaches to Recovering Early Women: Introduction

Academic journal article Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

Approaches to Recovering Early Women: Introduction

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Legacy's recent special issue "Women and Early America" (28.2 [2011]), guest-edited by Tamara Harvey, demonstrated the rich diversity of approaches that generate new understandings of women's cultural production in the Americas. Since that issue appeared, we have sought to extend the inquiry by addressing the status of the study of women and gender in early American studies at academic conferences, where scholars present new work and test out new ideas. We present here five papers from Legacy-sponsored panels at two such conferences in 2013. Papers by Tara Bynum, Ava Chamberlain, Amelia C. Lewis, and Lucia McMahon comprised a roundtable on "Women and Early American Studies" at the Society of Early Americanists Conference in Savannah, Georgia, February 28-March 2; Harvey's essay was presented as part of a panel on "Redefining Recovery in a Transatlantic Context" at the Transatlantic Women II Conference in Florence, Italy, June 6-9.

Together, these papers explore the challenges and questions facing those seeking to recover and produce scholarship on early women. To what extent have women and gender been incorporated into the field's dominant paradigms? …

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