Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

Publication covering women and literature.

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 1, January

A Husband's Jealousy: Antebellum Murder Trials and Caroline Lee Hentz's 'Ernest Linwood.'(Critical Essay)
Contemporary evolutionary psychology seems worlds away from the antebellum woman's novel that is the main subject of this essay. But I want to begin my discussion of Caroline Lee Hentz's Ernest Linwood (1856) with David Buss's controversial The...
Captivity, Childbirth, and the Civil War in Harriet Prescott Spofford's "Circumstance".(Critical Essay)
Harriet Prescott Spofford's short story "Circumstance" narrates the experiences of a colonial woman walking home through the Maine countryside. She is seized by a panther, borne into the boughs of a tree, and held by the panther through the whole...
Continuities with the Past/blueprints for the Future: Scholarly, Professional, and Activist Strategies for the New Century
I am pleased and honored to be a plenary participant at the first conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Just as this conference is creating a "blueprint for the future," my being on this panel with women who have been...
Digitizing the Past: Using Electronic Texts in Scholarship and the Classroom
As we contemplate the future of publishing in the academy, particularly as it relates to the many texts written by women that are currently unavailable in print, discussions often turn to the supplementary possibilities of electronic texts. We could...
Gendering the Debate over African Americans' Education in the 1880s: Frances Harper's Reconfiguration of Atticus Haygood's Philanthropic Model
In the years after the civil War, white Americans north and south debated the capacity of former slaves to be educated for citizenship, while leading African American authors (and some white supporters) used fiction, speeches, and other forms to...
"I Don't like Strangers on the Sabbath": Theology and Subjectivity in the Journal of Esther Edwards Burr.(Critical Essay)
From 1754 through 1757, Esther Edwards Burr, daughter of Jonathan Edwards and wife of Aaron Burr, Sr. (and mother of the notorious Aaron Burr), wrote a daily letter-journal to her friend Sarah Prince. Burr's journal stands as an account of current...
"I Owe No One a Penny": Labor and Female Subjectivity in the Working-Class Diaries of Lizzie Goodenough.(Critical Essay)
This is a pleasant morning but oh dear i feel like a stewed cat have got cold my head aches and all that but what is the use i have got to go to ironing again today Lizzie A. Wilson [Goodenough], July 6, 1865 Lizzie A. Wilson Goodenough understood...
Love, Hunger, and Grace: Loss and Belonging in the Poetry of Lorna Dee Cervantes and Joy Harjo.(Critical Essay)
For women, for the dispossessed, for the colonized, for the survivors of genocide, the remembrance of history tends to be painful. One response to the loss of people and homeland has been to recreate, recover, and rewrite the history of that loss....
Presidential Address.(mission of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers)
In the early 1990s, the American Literature Association sponsored a "Symposium on American Women Writers" here in San Antonio. It was a marvelous experience to come together with a group of people interested in U.S. women's writings--we didn't have...
Rebecca Harding Davis's "Second Life"; or "Her Hands Could Be Trained as Well as His".(female Sexuality in the Short Stories of Rebecca Harding Davis)(Critical Essay)
No woman ever did better for her time than you and no shrieking suffragette will ever understand the influence you wielded, greater than hundreds of thousands of women's votes. Letter from Richard Harding Davis to his mother (qtd. in Charles ...
"Somewhere along the Line I Lost Myself": Recreating Self in the War Diaries of Natalie Crouter and Elizabeth Vaughan.(Critical Essay)
In October 1943, Natalie Crouter, a U.S. civilian citizen interned in a prison camp in the Philippines by the Japanese army, noted in her diary, "Yesterday I remembered Mao Tse Tung saying, 'Somewhere along the line I lost myself,' and I know now...
"The Negro Never Knew": Emily Dickinson and Racial Typology in the Nineteenth century.(Critical Essay)
In the spring of 1992, I was teaching a graduate seminar in Dickinson. As teachers generally do, I took pleasure in reading selected poems aloud. In the middle of "The Malay - took the Pearl" (F451, late 1862), however, I stopped dead, unable to...
The Resisting Reader. (Plenary Remarks).(conference on American Women Writers)
I began my work on nineteenth-century American women writers in January of 1980 during a semester sabbatical. The genesis of the decision to turn my attention away from what was then American literature and to look at texts that no one I knew considered...
Tiresias Speaks: Sarah Winnemucca's Hybrid Selves and genres.(Critical Essay)
Winner of the Award for Best Graduate Student Essay In her preface to Sarah Winnemucca's Life Among the Piutes (1883), editor Mary Mann claims that Winnemucca's authority stems from her position between Indian and white cultures: It is the...
University of Illinois Alumni. (Plenary Remarks).(history of Women's Writing)
I'm honored to be a participant in the plenary session of this pathbreaking conference. And I'm delighted to be sharing that platform with three women whose work has been important to me, whom I greatly admire, and with whom I've been traveling...
Vision to Visionary: The New Negro Woman as Cultural Worker in Jessie Redmon Fauset's 'Plum Bun.'(Critical Essay)
Yes, she has arrived. Like her white sister, she is the product of profound and vital changes in our economic mechanism, wrought mainly by the World War and its aftermath. Along the entire gamut of social, economic and political attitudes, the New...
Women Writers, New Disciplines, and the Canon
I started late. I was forty-two when I received my Ph.D. in 1979. I had had many lives before I went back to graduate school to study Latin American Literature. Actually going back to graduate school was one of the better things I have done in my...
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