Edited by  Susan Tomlinson, Jennifer Putzi, and Katherine Adams

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 37, No. 1, Spring 2020      read it on Project MUSE | read it on JSTOR

American Women’s Writing and the Genealogies of Queer Thought
Travis M. Foster and Timothy M. Griffiths, Guest Editors

Editor’s Note
Susan Tomlinson

Introduction: American Women’s Writing and the Genealogies of Queer Thought
Travis Foster and Timothy M. Griffiths

Producing Intimacy: Queer Attachments in Workingwomen’s Writings
Emily Coccia

Freeman’s Object Lessons
Valerie Rohy

Iola Leroy’s “Long, Long Ago” Song
Kirin Wachter-Grene

“A Queer Semblance of a Baby”: Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s Queer Futurity
Brigitte Fielder

Queering the Marriage Plot: Gale Wilhelm’s Middlebrow Modernism
Elizabeth Blake

From the Archives
The Adelaide Brent Letters: Queer Care in Medical Correspondence
Julia Dauer

Review Essay
Not Feeling Right: Queer Encounters with American Women’s Writing
Sari Edelstein

Dr. Annette Kolodny, 1941–2019
Randi Lynn Tanglen

The Writings of Elizabeth Webb: A Quaker Missionary in America, 1697–1726, edited by Rachel Cope and Zachary McLeod Hutchins
Lisa M. Logan

Teaching with Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods for Nineteenth-Century American Literature, edited by Jennifer Travis and Jessica DeSpain; and Words Used in Characterization: English-Language Fiction, 1800–2007, by Ted Underwood and Nikolaus N. Parulian
Gabi Kirilloff

Lydia Sigourney: Critical Essays and Cultural Views, edited by Mary Louise Kete and Elizabeth Petrino
Deborah Burnham

Adulthood and Other Fictions: American Literature and the Unmaking of Age, by Sari Edelstein
Katherine Adams

Fictions of Western American Domesticity: Indian, Mexican, and Anglo Women in Print Culture, 1850–1950, by Amanda J. Zink
Amber La Piana

Progressivism’s Aesthetic Education: The Bildungsroman and the American School, 1890–1920, by Jesse Raber
Julia P. McLeod

Artificial Color: Modern Food and Racial Fictions, by Catherine Keyser
Janine Utell

The Historian’s Passing: Reading Nella Larsen’s Classic Novel as Social and Cultural History, edited by Lynn Domina
Linda M. Grasso

Learning Legacies: Archive to Action through Women’s Cross-Cultural Teaching, by Sarah Ruffing Robbins
Renée Bergland

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.


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