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

ISSN 0748-4321

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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.

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Volume 36, Issue 1 (2019)  read it on Project MUSE  read it on JSTOR


Editor’s Note
Susan Tomlinson

Tributes to Nina Baym (1936–2018)
Frances Smith Foster, Eric Gardner, Susan K. Harris, Melissa J. Homestead, Carla L. Peterson, Jean Pfaelzer, Sarah Ruffing Robbins, Nicole Tonkovich, Mary I. Unger, Karen A. Weyler, and Sandra A. Zagarell

“Let the Light Enter!”: Illuminating the Newspaper Poetry of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Hannah Wakefield      

Grief’s Theatrical Tutelage: Drama, Recitation, and a Collaborative Sociability in Constance Fenimore Woolson’s “Miss Grief”
Stephanie Byttebier     

Androgynes, Amazons, Agenes: Transgender Studies and the College Girl, 1878
Molly K. Robey                     

Forum: Little Women at 150
Jennifer Putzi  

Playing Pilgrims
María Carla Sánchez   

“[Even] Beth’s stage-struck!”: Theatrical Little Women
Anne K. Phillips         

Jo’s Invisible Sisters
Barbara McCaskill      

Little Women, Made Small
Laura M. Stevens       

Her Bosom Enemy
Cynthia Davis 

Frado, Linda, Ellen, and Iola
Cherene Sherrard-Johnson      

My Meg’s Queer Turn
Jean M. Lutes 

Doing Nothing
Alexandra Socarides   

“Experiments”; or, “Housekeeping ain’t no joke”
Lorrayne Carroll         

The Death of Pip
Donna M. Campbell   

“Hope, and Keep Busy”: Little Women and Critical Pedagogy in the Era of Trump
Randi Lynn Tanglen   

Amy’s Dark Night
Gregory Eiselein         

Little Women’s Literary Lessons
Sari Edelstein  

In Defense of Young Balloons
Katherine Adams        

Serious Literature
Catherine Keyser       

Surprise, Surprise
Deborah Gussman      

The Magic Combination of Family and Books: Jo Lighting the Way
Anne Boyd Rioux       

Legacy Reprint
Absolving La Llorona: Yda H. Addis’s “The Wailing Woman”
Rene H. Treviño         

“The Wailing Woman”
Yda H. Addis

Legacy Reprint
Rewriting the Scribbling Women
Nina Baym     

Selected Bibliography of Works by Nina Baym

Book Reviews
Imitation Nation: Red, White, and Blackface in Early and Antebellum US Literature, by Jason Richards
Laura Barrio-Vilar      

Antebellum American Women’s Poetry: A Rhetoric of Sentiment, by Wendy Dasler Johnson
Karen L. Kilcup          

The Moral Economies of American Authorship: Reputation, Scandal, and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Marketplace, by Susan M. Ryan
Ellen J. Goldner         

Unconventional Politics: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers and U.S. Indian Policy, by Janet Dean; and Recovering Native American Writings in the Boarding School Press, edited by Jacqueline Emery
Amy Gore       

The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century, by Kyla Schuller
Sheila Liming  

Iola Leroy; Or, Shadows Uplifted, by Frances E. W. Harper, edited by Koritha Mitchell
Mollie Barnes 

Charlotte Perkins Gilman and a Woman’s Place in America, edited Jill Bergman
Charlotte Rich 

Willa Cather at the Modernist Crux, edited by Ann Moseley, John J. Murphy, and Robert Thacker; and Something Complete and Great: The Centennial Study of My Ántonia, edited by Holly Blackford
Matthew J. Lavin        

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser; Libertarians on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the Making of the Little House Books, by Christine Woodside; and The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes That Inspired the Little House Books, by Marta McDowell
Elif S. Armbruster       

Resistance Reimagined: Black Women's Critical Thought as Survival, by Regis M. Fox
April Langley 

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.


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