Studies in American Fiction

This journal provides articles, notes and reviews on prose fiction of the United States since the colonial period.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring

Domesticating the Car: Women's Road Trips
Women's literature from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf is mostly a literature about waiting, and usually waiting for love. Denied the freedom to roam outside themselves, women turned inward, into their emotions.... For centuries it was...
"Fated to Perish by Consumption": The Political Economy of Arthur Mervyn
Was this the penalty of disobedience?--this the stroke of a vindictive and invisible hand? --Charles Brockden Brown, Wieland The study of political economy was a new field of inquiry in the late eighteenth century. First appearing in English...
History in Ralph Ellison's Juneteenth
Ralph Ellison's second novel, Juneteenth, echoes one of the crucial themes of his first--how stories get told, whose stories should be told, and what history is to be believed. The title, selected by John F. Callahan, Ellison's literary executor, refers...
Sentimental Types and Social Reform in Uncle Tom's Cabin
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe is usually described as a writer in the sentimental literary tradition, but this view is complicated by her abiding religious beliefs. Take, for example, a remarkable passage in her third novel, The Minister's Wooing...
Vindication against Misreading in the Golden Bowl, the American Scene, and the New York Edition
In the letter he wrote to Scribner's in 1905 proposing that he "furnish" each volume of his forthcoming deluxe edition with a preface, Henry James portrayed his novels and stories as disenfranchised beings patiently awaiting a "chance" for their cause...
Willa Cather's Greenwich Village: New Contexts for "Coming, Aphrodite!"
Early one day in June 1913, Willa Cather left her house at 5 Bank Street in Greenwich Village to do the day's marketing. She had just finished off a breakfast made from fresh raspberries, brioche, and strong Chinese tea, and she was in good spirits...
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