|American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures. By Joanna Brooks. and “Face Zion Forward”: First Writers of the Black Atlantic, 1785-1798. Ed. by Joanna Brooks and John Saillant.
||In different ways, American Lazarus and "Face Zion Forward" contribute to the growing body of scholarship about the circumatlantic movement of people and ideas in the eighteenth century. 'Face Zion Forward" is a collection of pri...
|Book Review: A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle- Class Desire. By Janice A. Radway. Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press. 1997. xiii, 424 pp. $29.95.
||Book review of A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste, and Middle- Class Desire. By Janice A. Radway. Chapel Hill: Univ. of North Carolina Press. 1997. xiii, 424 pp. $29.95.
|Book Review: Private Property: Charles Brockden Brown’s Gendered Economics of Virtue. By Elizabeth Jane Wall Hinds
||A book review of Private Property: Charles Brockden Brown’s Gendered Economics of Virtue. By Elizabeth Jane Wall Hinds
|Creating a Community of Readers: Mary Mebane's Exploration of Difference in Mary and Mary, Wayfarer
||The circumstances surrounding Mary Mebane's death in 1991—an anonymous death in a county welfare home, with a pauper's burial—are strongly reminiscent of the death of Zora Neale Hurston. Although Mebane never attained the stature that Hurston achieve...
|A Different Feminist Scholarship: Research Challenges in Eighteenth-Century America
||As someone whose scholarly interests place her with one foot in the eighteenth century and one foot in the nineteenth century, I feel drawn to respond to whether feminist scholarship produced by early Americanists is different from that produced by s...
|Gender and Humor in Early America
||This issue of Studies in American Humor, focusing on early and antebellum American humor, takes us deep into the archives to explore the complicated relationships between humor and gender identity at different historical moments and in different genr...
|Marriage, Coverture, and the Companionate Ideal in The Coquette and Dorval
||In this essay, I focus on Hannah Webster Foster's The Coquette and Sally Sayward Barrell Keating Wood's Dorval, novels suggestive of how the topos of coverture is explored in early American fiction with regard to bourgeois women. While discussions of...
|Public Sentiments: Structures of Feeling in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. By Glenn Hendler.
||In Public Sentiments, Glenn Hendler joins other critics who have recently challenged and complicated two long-standing tenets about the exercise of nineteenth-century American sentiment: first, that sentiment was primarily the province of women write...
|Sentimental Materialism: Gender, Commodity Culture, and Nineteenth-Century American Literature. By Lori Merish.
||Like Ann Douglas in The Feminization of American Culture, Lori Merish in Sentimental Materialism locates nineteenth-century sentimentality in the
nexus of commodity consumption, but Merish productively complicates the relationships amo...
|"A SPECULATING SPIRIT" Trade, Speculation, and Gambling in Early American Fiction
||The excerpt quoted above, from a poem printed in pamphlet form in 1791, captures both the hope and the disappointment wrought by changing economic conditions in the newly formed United States
after the Revolution. "Speculation" and its companion vic...
|"A Tale of Our Own Times": Early American Women's Novels, Reprints, and the Seduction of the Familiar
||A review of the books “Charlotte Temple: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism” by Susanna Rowson, “Clarence; or, A Tale of Our Own Times “by Catharine Maria Sedgwick, “The Coquette; or, The History of Eliza Wharton”, “The Boarding School; or, Less...