Edited by  Susan Tomlinson, Jennifer Putzi, and Jennifer S. Tuttle 

ISSN 0748-4321

eISSN 1534-0643

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Legacy is the official journal of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. It is the only journal to focus specifically on American women's writings from the seventeenth through the early twentieth century. 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.

Table Of Contents

Volume 36, Number 2 (Winter 2019) read it on Project MUSE | read it on JSTOR

Women’s Petitions and The Linwoods
Amy Dunham Strand

Tangled Threads: Zara Wright and the Uses of African American Print Culture
Jennifer Harris

Forum: Recovery and Democracy
Paul Lauter and Sandra A. Zagarell

(Some of) The Politics of Recovery
Paul Lauter

Writing, Citizenship, Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Sandra A. Zagarell

Intimate Matters in This Place: The Underground Railroad of Literature
Frances Smith Foster

Recovery: Nineteenth Century and Now
Shirley Moody-Turner

Smuggling Sui Sin Far across Borders between the Academy and the Public Sphere
Mary Chapman

Recovering Black Women in the Colored Conventions Movement
Denise Burgher

Frances E. W. Harper and the “Quest for a Usable Past”
Kate Adams

Legacy Reprint
From Moral Life to Material Being: Julia Francesca and Women’s Periodical Writing in the Early Nineteenth Century
Blevin Shelnutt
Selected Works by Julia Francesca and Other Contributors to the Lady’s Weekly Miscellany
Book Reviews
Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War by Lisa Brooks
Kirby Brown

Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine by Kelley Fanto Deetz
Ellen Weinauer

Attachment, Place, and Otherness in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: New Materialist Representations by Jillmarie Murphy
Rita Bode

Transatlantic Conversations: Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Encounters with Italy and the Atlantic World edited by Beth L. Lueck, Sirpa Salenius, and Nancy Lusignan Schultz
Amy Branam Armiento

Realist Poetics in American Culture, 1866–1900 by Elizabeth Renker
Faith Barrett

The Political Thought of America’s Founding Feminists by Lisa Pace Vetter
Todd Nathan Thompson

American Tomboys, 1850–1915 by Renée M. Sentilles
Tanfer Emin Tunc

How to Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ, with a new foreword by Jessa Crispin
Ann M. Ciasullo

Web Review
White Heat, Emily Dickinson in 1862: A Weekly Blog edited by Ivy Schweitzer
Judith Scholes

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
Jennifer S. Tuttle, University of New England
Managing Editor
Mary I. Unger, Ripon College
Features Editor
Mary Chapman, University of British Columbia
Book Review Editor
Cari M. Carpenter, West Virginia University
Digital Media Coordinator
Amanda Stuckey, University of Charleston
Editorial Assistant
Katie Warczak, Pennsylvania State University
Editorial Interns
Shannon Cardinal, University of Massachusetts Boston
Madeline Cooper, University of Massachusetts Boston
Megan Hall, University of New England
Anna McAnnally, College of William and Mary
Halie Pruitt, Northeastern University
Editorial Board
Barbara McCaskill, University of Georgia, 2020
Marianne Noble, American University, 2020
Laura M. Stevens, University of Tulsa, 2020
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
Kate Adams, Dorri Beam, Susan Belasco, Lisa Botshon, Shannon Brennan, Donna M. Campbell, Lorrayne Carroll, Katy Chiles, Birte Christ, Cynthia J. Davis, Rynetta 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, Caroline Gebhard, Meredith Goldsmith, Linda Grasso, David Greven, Deborah Gussman, Faye Halpern, 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, Jennie Kassanoff, Betsy Klimasmith, Laura Korobkin, Laura Laffrado, Victoria Lamont, J. Samaine Lockwood, Mary Loeffelholz, April Logan, Lisa M. Logan, Lisa Long, Jean M. 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, Marjorie Pryse, Charlotte Rich, Christina Roberts, Debra J. Rosenthal, María Carla Sánchez, Karen Sánchez-Eppler, Elizabeth Sheehan, Nancy Strow Sheley, Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, Cassander Smith, Alexandra Socarides, Carolyn Sorisio, Derrick R. Spires, Claudia Stokes, Mary Templin, Margaret Toth, Angela Vietto, 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.


Syllabus Builder: Migration

Our Syllabus Builder resource sheets are intended to assist instructors looking for supplemental materials and students seeking ideas for research papers by providing links to a variety of peer-reviewed articles online.

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Our Syllabus Builder resource sheets are intended to assist instructors looking for supplemental materials and students seeking ideas for research papers by providing links to a variety of peer-reviewed articles online.

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