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

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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 37, Number 2 (2020)

Staging Enfleshment: Toward Lines of Flight in Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black
Sam Plasencia

Creeping in the Crevices: Geology and the Re-scaling of Women’s Mobility in Elizabeth Stoddard’s The Morgesons
Dalia Davoudi

Teaching to Resist, Teaching to Recover: Charlotte Forten’s Sea Islands Archives across Private and Public Forms
Mollie Barnes

Legacy Reprint
Two Stories by Barbara E. Pope
Eric Gardner

The Old and the New Order. A Story of Southern Life, Giving a Glimpse at the Trials of the Educated Colored Man and the Conservatism of Prejudice—in Three Chapters
Barbara E. Pope

Truth versus Hypocrisy
Barbara E. Pope

Legacy Forum
The Nineteenth Amendment Centennial and the Politics of Memorialization: Literary Engagements in Public Storytelling
Jen McDaneld

Suffragism beyond Suffrage
Katherine Adams

“An Army of Organized Women”: Race, Place, and the Politics of Suffrage in America
Lois Brown

Suffrage Elimination Dance
Mary Chapman

Hidden Histories and the History of Ambivalence
Jean Lee Cole

Lessons from the Superwoman: Miriam Michelson’s Literary Activism
Lori Harrison-Kahan

Laura Curtis Bullard and Women’s Rights Literature
Denise Kohn

Woman Suffrage in the American West: Emma Ghent Curtis’s The Administratrix
Victoria Lamont

Frances E. W. Harper, A Model Citizen Who Couldn’t Vote
Koritha Mitchell

The Suffrage Centennial and Reading Black Feminisms
Teresa Zackodnik

Stripped and Script: Loyalist Women of the American Revolution, by Kacy Dowd Tillman
Maria O’Malley

Reading for Reform: The Social Work of Literature in the Progressive Era, by Laura R. Fisher
Jesse Raber

Chromographia: American Literature and the Modernization of Color, by Nicholas Gaskill
Deborah M. Mix

American Literary History and the Turn toward Modernity, edited by Melanie V. Dawson and Meredith L. Goldsmith
Michael Sacks

The Superwoman and Other Writings by Miriam Michelson, edited by Lori Harrison-Kahan
Candi S. Carter Olson

Selected Poems of Edith Wharton, edited by Irene Goldman-Price
Betsy Currier Beacom

Remembering Lucile: A Virginia Family’s Rise from Slavery and a Legacy Forged a Mile High, by Polly E. Bugros McLean
Autumn Womack

Putting Them on the Map: Mapping the Agents of the Colored Co-operative Publishing Company, by Alisha Knight
April C. Logan

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
Mary Chapman, University of British Columbia
Book Review Editor
Cari M. Carpenter, West Virginia University
Editorial Interns
Emily Boes, University of Massachusetts Boston
Caroline Gates, College of William and Mary
Katie Grotewiel, College of William and Mary
Hannah Herndon, Tufts University
Anna McAnnally, College of William and Mary
Jacqueline Ng, University of Massachusetts Boston
Emmaley Silva, Tufts University
Editorial Board
Catherine Keyser, University of South Carolina, 2021
Faith Barrett, Duquesne University, 2022
Kimberly Blockett, Penn State Brandywine, 2022
Sari Edelstein, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2022
María Carla Sánchez, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2023
Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2023
Laura M. Stevens, University of Tulsa, 2023
Mollie Barnes, Dorri Beam, Susan Belasco, Lisa Botshon, Shannon Brennan, Donna M. Campbell, Lorrayne Carroll, Katy Chiles, Birte Christ, Cynthia J. Davis, Melanie Dawson, Anna Mae Duane, Elizabeth Duquette, Gregory Eiselein, Amanda Ellis, John Ernest, Mary Eyring, Elizabeth Fenton, Stephanie Foote, Travis Foster, DoVeanna Fulton, Ivonne M. García, Eric Gardner, Ellen Gruber Garvey, Johanna X. K. Garvey, Caroline Gebhard, Meredith Goldsmith, Linda Grasso, David Greven, Deborah Gussman, Faye Halpern, Susan K. Harris, Lori Harrison-Kahan, Tamara Harvey, Jennifer Haytock, Desirée Henderson, Laura Henigman, Kim D. Hester Williams, Elizabeth Hewitt, Carol Holly, Melissa J. Homestead, Shermaine M. Jones, Betsy Klimasmith, Laura Korobkin, Laura Laffrado, Victoria Lamont, J. Samaine Lockwood, Mary Loeffelholz, April Logan, Lisa M. Logan, Lisa Long, Jean Marie Lutes, Etta Madden, Jen McDaneld, Don James McLaughlin, Laura Mielke, Joycelyn Moody, Tim Morris, Carla Mulford, Gretchen Murphy, Tara Penry, Anne K. Phillips, Christopher Phillips, Laura Rattray, Charlotte Rich, Christina Roberts, Debra J. Rosenthal, Karen Sánchez-Eppler, Elizabeth Sheehan,
Cassander Smith, Alexandra Socarides, Angela Sorby, Carolyn Sorisio, Derrick R. Spires, Claudia Stokes, Mary Templin, Margaret Toth, Jennifer S. Tuttle, , 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.


Reading List: Migration

This list of peer-reviewed materials features articles on many topics spanning Globalization, Genocide, Religion, Diaspora Communities, and other aspects on the topic of Migration.

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.

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