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.

Visit the journal's editorial website for more information and additional resources.

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

Table Of Contents


Volume 39, No. 2 (2022)

Narrative Progress as Violence in Susanna Rowson’s Reuben and Rachel
Molly Ball       

“Now, Dear Reader, I Was Restored”: Miracle, Autobiography, and Authority in Chloe Willey’s “Short Account”
Nicholas Junkerman     

Pseudonymous Was a Woman: Pen Names, Louisa May Alcott, and Feme Covert
Claudia Stokes  

“The Sacred Shrine Is Holy Yet”: Rhetorical Memory, Sacred Space, and the Dismantling of Antisemitism in Emma Lazarus’s Poetry
Beth Ann Rothermel     

Legacy Profiles
Dora Mitchell/Dolores Michel (1891–1970)
Jennifer S. Tuttle          

The Shadowed Witness
Dora L. Mitchell                                                                                     

Book Reviews
The Legacy Book in America, 1664–1792, edited by Roxanne Harde and Lindsay Yakimyshyn
Kaitlin Tonti     

Fair Copy: Relational Poetics and Antebellum American Women’s Poetry, by Jennifer Putzi
Erin Kappeler    

The Matrilineal Heritage of Louisa May Alcott and Christina Rossetti, by Azelina Flint
Marlowe Daly-Galeano 

Relative Races: Genealogies of Interracial Kinship in Nineteenth-Century America, by Brigitte Fielder
Elise Lemire     

Heaven’s Interpreters: Women Writers and Religious Agency in Nineteenth-Century America, by Ashley Reed
Sarah Buchmeier          

Genre and White Supremacy in the Postemancipation United States, by Travis M. Foster
Janet G. Casey  

The Only Wonderful Things: The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis, by Melissa J. Homestead
Marilee Lindemann      

H.D. & Bryher: An Untold Love Story of Modernism, by Susan McCabe
Sashi Nair         

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


Article sales
Single articles from Legacy are available for purchase through Project MUSE.

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.

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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Portraits, both visual and bibliographical, of American women writers from the time period covered by the journal/

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