Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

Edited by  Susan Tomlinson, Jennifer Putzi, and Katherine Adams

ISSN 0748-4321

eISSN 1534-0643


Legacy is the only journal to focus specifically on American women's writings from the seventeenth through the early twentieth centuries. Each issue's articles cover a wide range of topics: examinations of the works of individual authors; genre studies; analyses of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexualities in women's literature; and historical and material cultural issues pertinent to women's lives and literary works. In addition, Legacy regularly publishes profiles of lesser-known or newly recovered authors, reprints of primary works in all genres, and book reviews covering current scholarship in the field.

Legacy is affiliated with the Society for the Study of American Women Writers.

Table Of Contents

Volume 38, No. 1&2 (2021)

Pirates, Bloodhounds, and White Heirs: Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Fictions of Haiti
Mark Kelley

The Other Dickinson Sister: Lavinia’s Experimental Poetry
Stephanie Farrar

The Complete Typescript of “Poems by Miss Lavinia Dickinson”
Lavinia Dickinson

Harriet Jacobs, Marronage, and Alternative Freedoms in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Sean Gerrity

Louise Dickinson Rich’s Middlebrow House in the Big Woods
Lisa Botshon

Legacy Profile
Elizabeth C. Wright (1826–1882)
Emily E. VanDette

Excerpt from Lichen Tufts, from the Alleghanies
Elizabeth C. Wright

Legacy Profile
Caroline “Carrie” Blake Morgan (1850–1926)
Laura Laffrado and Moira Stockton

“Sairy Spencer’s Revolt”
Carrie Blake Morgan

The Archaeology of Magic: Gender and Domestic Protection in Seventeenth-Century New England, by C. Riley Augé
Jillian J. Sayre

Women in Medicine in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: From Poisoners to Doctors, Harriet Beecher Stowe to Theda Bara, by Sara L. Crosby
Lindsey Grubbs

Mourning the Nation to Come: Creole Nativism in Nineteenth-Century American Literatures, by Jillian J. Sayre
Asselin Charles

From Slave Cabins to the White House: Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture, by Koritha Mitchell
Courtney Thorsson

The Sketch, the Tale, and the Beginnings of American Literature, by Lydia G. Fash
Desirée Henderson

Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Serial Novels, by Dale M. Bauer
Melissa Gniadek

Rethinking Sympathy and Human Contact in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Hawthorne, Douglass, Stowe, Dickinson, by Marianne Noble
Maria A. Windell
“Theatricals of Day”: Emily Dickinson and Nineteenth-Century American Popular Culture, by Sandra Runzo
Elizabeth Hewitt

Radical Friend: Amy Kirby Post and Her Activist Worlds, by Nancy A. Hewitt
Julie Husband

They Met at Wounded Knee: The Eastmans’ Story, by Gretchen Cassel Eick
Janet Dean

Gendered Ecologies: New Materialist Interpretations of Women Writers in the Long Nineteenth Century, edited by Dewey W. Hall and Jillmarie Murphy
Abby L. Goode

Reading Testimony, Witnessing Trauma: Confronting Race, Gender, and Violence in American Literature, by Eden Wales Freedman
Lisa Hinrichsen

Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and the Place of Culture, by Julie Olin-Ammentorp
Emily Orlando

Modern Sentimentalism: Affect, Irony, and Female Authorship in Interwar America, by Lisa Mendelman
Nanette Rasband Hilton

meXicana Fashions: Politics, Self-Adornment, and Identity Construction, edited by Aída Hurtado and Norma E. Cantú
Amanda Ellis

The Remarkable Kinship of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow, by Ashley Andrews Lear
Sarah Wadsworth

Submissions & Book Reviews

Detailed information is available at www.legacywomenwriters.org.

Editorial Board

Susan Tomlinson, University of Massachusetts Boston
Jennifer Putzi, College of William and Mary
Katherine Adams, Tulane University
Managing Editor
Mary I. Unger, Ripon College
Features Editor
Eric Gardner, Saginaw Valley State University
Book Review Editor
Catherine Keyser, University of South Carolina
Editorial Interns
Sisary Poémape Heredia, University of Massachusetts Boston
Jeanette McKellar, Tulane University
Reagan Green, University of South Carolina
Editorial Board
Faith Barrett, Duquesne University, 2022
Kimberly Blockett, University of Delaware, 2022
Sari Edelstein, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2022
María Carla Sánchez, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2023
Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, Pomona College, 2023
Laura M. Stevens, University of Tulsa, 2023
Lori Harrison-Kahan, Boston College, 2024
ConsultantsMollie Barnes, Dorri Beam, Susan Belasco, Lisa Botshon, Shannon Brennan, Donna M. Campbell, Cari Carpenter, Mary Chapman, Katy Chiles, Birte Christ, Cynthia J. Davis, Melanie Dawson, Anna Mae Duane, Elizabeth Duquette, Gregory Eiselein, Amanda Ellis, John Ernest, Mary Eyring, Elizabeth Fenton, Brigitte Fielder, Stephanie Foote, Travis Foster, DoVeanna Fulton, Ivonne M. García, Ellen Gruber Garvey, Johanna X. K. Garvey, Caroline Gebhard, Meredith Goldsmith, Linda Grasso, David Greven, Deborah Gussman, Faye Halpern, Susan K. Harris, Tamara Harvey, Jennifer Haytock, Desirée Henderson, Laura Henigman, Kim D. Hester Williams, Elizabeth Hewitt, Carol Holly, Melissa J. Homestead, Shermaine M. Jones, Laura Korobkin, Laura Laffrado, Victoria Lamont, J. Samaine Lockwood, Mary Loeffelholz, Lisa M. Logan, Lisa Long, Jean Marie Lutes, Etta Madden, Barbara McCaskill, Jen McDaneld, Don James McLaughlin, Laura Mielke, Joycelyn Moody, Tim Morris, Carla Mulford, Gretchen Murphy, Marianne Noble, Tara Penry, Anne K. Phillips, Christopher Phillips, Laura Rattray, Charlotte Rich, Christina Roberts, Debra J. Rosenthal, Karen Sánchez-Eppler, Francesca Sawaya, Elizabeth Sheehan, Cassander Smith, Alexandra Socarides, Angela Sorby, Carolyn Sorisio, Derrick R. Spires, Claudia Stokes, Mary Templin, Jana Tigchelaar, Margaret Toth, Jennifer S. Tuttle, Mary Unger, Karen A. Weyler, Caroline Wigginton, Susan S. Williams, Caroline Woidat, Elizabeth Young, Sandra A. Zagarell, and Elissa Zellinger


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Best Paper Award Winners
The winners of Legacy's 2018 SSAWW Best Paper Contest for papers presented at the recent SSAWW conference have been announced. They are:
General (non-student) category
  • Winner: Mollie Barnes (University of South Carolina Beaufort) "Abolitionist Bodies in Charlotte Forten's Sea Islands Journals and Liberator Articles"
  • Honorable mention: Kristin Allukian (University of South Florida) "Some other wrong 'laid bare'" Evolutionary Postbellum Activism in U.S. Women's Writing"
Student Category
  • Winner: Stephanie Scherer (University of Pennsylvania) "In/Hospitable: Conditions of Cross-Racial Attachment in Catharine Maria Sedgwick's Hope Leslie"
  • Honorable mention: Catilin Edwards (Lehigh University) "'Streetyards where flower only lampposts'" Depicting and Resisting Environmental Classism in Olsen's Yonnondio"

Sponsoring Society

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers is affiliated with the Society for the Study of American Women Writers.

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) was established in 2000 to promote and advance the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication. It is the goal of the Society to strengthen relations among persons and institutions both in the United States and internationally who are undertaking such studies, and to broaden knowledge widely among the general public about American women writers.

The Society is committed to diversity in the study of American women writers — racial, ethnic, gender, class, sexual orientation, region, and era — as well as of scholars participating in the Society.

Members of SSAWW are entitled to discounted subscriptions to Legacy. Contact Journals Customer Service for more information.


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Reading List: Willa Cather

This list of peer-reviewed articles & reviews centers on the work of acclaimed author (and UNL alum) Willa Cather. Known for her novels on the pioneer experience, her works are reexamined here through the lens of modern-day academics.

Reading List: Women's Political Action in the U.S.

Resources for use in discussions of women's political activities in the U.S., both contemporary and historical.

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