EN214: 19th c. U.S. Women Writers
Professor Glynis Carr

Last updated 8-01

Suggestions for Further Readings

NB: Entries may be listed in more than one section. Call numbers in square brackets are for the Bertrand Library.

Previous Bibliography for this class (c. 1998)


Bennett, Paula Bernat. Nineteenth-Century American Women Poets: An Anthology. London: Blackwell, 1998.

Fetterley, Judith, ed. Provisions: A Reader From 19th-Century American Women. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1985.

Fisher, Dexter, ed. The Third Woman: Minority Women Writers of the United States. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1980.

Freibert, Lucy M., and Barbara A. White, eds. Hidden Hands: An Anthology of American Women Writers, 1790-1870. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1978.

Gilbert, Sandra M., and Susan Gubar, eds. The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: The Traditions in English. 2nd ed. NY: Norton, 1996.

Harris, Sharon M, ed.. American Women Writers to 1800. NY: Oxford UP, 1996.

Kilcup, Karen L., ed. Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: An Anthology. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1997. [Multiethnic coverage; broad generic scope; unusual selections.]

Koppelman, Susan, ed. Between Mothers and Daughters: Stories Across a Generation. NY: The Feminist Press, 1985.

---. Old Maids: Short Stories by Nineteenth Century U.S. Women Writers. Boston: Pandora Press, 1984.

---. Two Friends, And Other Nineteenth-Century Lesbian Stories by American Women Writers. NY: Penguin, 1994.

---. Women's Friendships: A Collection of Short Stories. Norman: U Oklahoma Press, 1991.

Shockley, Ann Allen, ed. Afro-American Women Writers, 1746-1933: An Anthology and Critical Guide. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1988.

Showalter, Elaine, ed. Daughters of Decadence: Women Writers of the Fin-de-Siecle. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1993.

Stetson, Erlene, ed. Black Sister: Poetry by Black American Women, 1746-1980. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1981.

Walker, Cheryl, ed. American Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, .

Westbrook, Arlen Runzler, and Peery D. Westbrook, eds. The Writing Women of New England, 1630-1900: An Anthology. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow P, 1982.


Reference and Bibliography

Andrews, William, Frances Smith Foster, and Trudier Harris, eds. The Oxford Companion to African American Literature. NY: Oxford UP, 1997.

Blain, Virginia, et al. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. New Haven: Yale UP, 1990.

Carter, Sarah, and Maureen Richie. Women's Studies: A Guide to Information Sources. London: Mansell Publ. Lmtd., 1990. [HQ1206C37x1990 Ref]

Davidson, Cathy N., and Linda Wagner-Martin, eds. The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States. NY: Oxford UP, 1995.

Dictionary of Literary Biography. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1978-present. [As of 9-98, this series contains 196 volumes, many of which are on topics in American literature and include women writers. Use index to locate essays on particular authors or browse volumes by topic. See also related volumes, including Yearbooks.]

Harner, James L. Literary Research Guide: A Guide to Reference Sources for the Study of Literatures in English and Related Topics. 2nd ed. NY: MLA, 1993.

Harrison, Cynthia E., ed. Women in American History: A Bibliography. 2 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC/Clio P, 1979-1985. Clio Bibliography Series 5 and 20.

Hinding, Andrea, et al., eds. Women's History Sources: A Guide to Archive and Manuscript Collection in the United States. 2 vols. Index. Ed. Suzanna Moody. NY: R. R. Bowker, 1979.

Hull, Gloria, Patricia Scott, and Barbara Smith, eds. All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women's Studies. NY: Feminist Press, 1982. [Now somewhat dated, this classic statement of the purposes, materials, and methods of black women's studies is still provocative.]

Kester-Shelton, Pamela, ed. Feminist Writers. Foreword Hortense Spillers. Detroit: St. James Press. [Int'l in scope; genre-crossing; 19th and 20th c. feminist writers in political/activist contexts.]

Knight, Denise D., ed. Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood P, 1997.

Mainiero, Lina, ed. American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present. 4 vols. NY: Ungar, 1979-1982.

Modern Language Association International Bibliography. Online via Bertrand Library website. [The single most important database for the study of American women writers in the United States.]

Searing, Susan. Introduction to Library Research in Women's Studies. Boulder, CO: Westview P, 1985. [Now seriously outdated, but a 2nd edition is in progress.]

White, Barbara Anne, ed. American Women Writers: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism. NY: Garland, 1977. [Helpful for tracking down early feminist criticism.]

Women's Studies Abstracts. Rush, NY: Rush Publ. Co., 1972- .

Yellin, Jean Fagan, and Cynthia D. Bond, comp. The Pen is Ours: A Listing of Writings By and About African-American Women Before 1910 With Secondary Bibliography to the Present. NY: Oxford UP, 1991.



Selected General Criticism

Ammons, Elizabeth. Conflicting Stories: American Women Writers at the Turn into the Twentieth Century. NY: Oxford UP, 1992.

Armstrong, Isobel, ed. New Feminist Discourses: Critical Essays on Theories and Texts. London: Routledge, 1992.

Bardes, Barbara, and Suzanne Gossett. Declarations of Independence: Women and Political Power in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1990.

Barnett, Louise J. The Ignoble Savage: American Literary Racism, 1790-1890. Westport: Greenwood, 1975.

Bataille, Gretchen M., and Kathleen Mullen Sands. American Indian Women: Telling Their Lives. Lincoln: U Nebraska P, 1984.

Baym, Nina. American Women Writers and the Work of History, 1790-1860. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1995. [PS374.H5B39 1995]

---. Feminism and American Literary History. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1992.

---. "Melodramas of Beset Manhood." American Quarterly 33.2 (1981): 123-39.

---. Novels, Readers, and Reviewers: Responses to Fiction in Antebellum America. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1984.

---. "Rewriting the Scribbling Women." Legacy 2.2 (1985): 3-12.

---. "The Rise of the Woman Author." Columbia Literary History of the United States. Ed. Elliott, Emory, et al. NY: Columbia UP, 1988. 289-305. [PS92.C64 810.9]

---. Woman's Fiction: A Guide to Novels by and about Women in America, 1820-1870. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1978.

Braxton, Joanne M., and Andree McLaughlin, eds. Wild Women in the Whirlwind: Afra-American Culture and the Contemporary Literary Renaissance. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1989.

Brown, Gillian. Domestic Individualism: Imagining Self in Nineteenth-Century America. Berkeley: U California P, 1990.

Carby, Hazel V. Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist. NY: Oxford UP, 1987.

Campbell, Donna. Resisting Regionalism: Gender and Naturalism in American Fiction, 1885-1915. Athens: Ohio UP, 1997.

Coultrap-McQuin, Susan. Doing Literary Business: American Women Writers in the Nineteenth Century. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 1990.

Davidson, Cathy N. Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America. NY: Oxford UP, 1986.

Davidson, Cathy N., ed No More Separate Spheres!. American Literature 70.3 (1998): Special Issue.

Dobson, Joanne. "The Hidden Hand: Subversion of Cultural Ideology in Three Mid-Nineteenth-Century Women's Novels. American Quarterly 38 (1986): 223-42.

Donovan, Josephine. New England Local Color Literature: A Women's Tradition. NY: Ungar, 1983.

Douglas, Ann. The Feminization of American Culture. NY: Knopf, 1977.

Dresner, Zita Z. "Sentiment and Humor: A Double-Pronged Attack on Women's Place in Nineteenth-Century America." Studies in American Humor 4 (1985): 18-29.

DuPlessis, Rachel Blau. "Endings and Contradictions." Writing Beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of Twentieth-Century Women. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1985. 1-20.

Erkkila, Betsy. The Wicked Sisters: Women Poets, Literary History, and Discord. NY: Oxford UP, 1992.

Finley, Ruth E. The Lady of Godey's: Sarah Josepha Hale. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1931.

Foster, Frances Smith. Written by Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1746-1892. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1993.

Fryer, Judith. The Faces of Eve: Women in the Nineteenth Century American Novel. NY: Oxford UP, 1976.

Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar. The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination. New Haven: Yale UP, 1979.

Habegger, Alfred. Gender, Fantasy, and Realism in American Literature. NY: Columbia UP, 1982.

Harris, Susan K. Nineteenth-Century American Women's Novels: Interpretive Strategies. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1990.

---. "But is it any good?': Evaluating Nineteenth-Century American Women's Fiction." American Literature 63.1 (1991): 43-61.

Henning, Martha L. Beyond Understanding: Appeals to the Imagination, Passions, and Will in Mid-Nineteenth-Century American Women's Fiction. NY: Peter Lang, 1996.

Kelley, Mary. Private Woman, Public Stage: Literary Domesticity in Nineteenth-Century America. NY: Oxford UP, 1984.

Kilcup, Karen L. Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Critical Reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1998.

Kolodny, Annette. "A Map for Rereading: Or, Gender and the Interpretation of Literary Texts." New Literary History 11 (1980): 451-67.

---. The Land Before Her: Fantasy and Experience of the American Frontiers, 1630-1860. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 1984.

Lauter, Paul. "Race and Gender in the Shaping of the American Literary Canon." 1983. Feminist Criticism and Social Change: Sex, Class and Race in Literature and Culture. Eds. Judith Newton and Deborah Rosenfelt. NY: Methuen, 1985. 19-44.

Ling, Amy. Between World: Women Writers of Chinese Ancestry. NY: Pergamon, 1990.

Marchalonis, Shirley, ed. Patrons and Protegees: Gender, Friendship, and Writing in Nineteenth-Century America. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1988. [PS147.P38.1988]

Moers, Ellen. Literary Women: The Great Writers. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1976.

Moon, Michael, and Cathy N. Davidson, eds. Subjects and Citizens: Nation, Race, and Gender from Oronooko to Anita Hill. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1995. [PS169.N35.S83 1995]

Mott, Frank Luther. A History of American Magazines. 5 vols. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1938-68. [PN4877.M63]

Pattee, Fred Lewis. The First Century of American Literature, 1770-1870. 1935; rpt. NY: Cooper Square, 1966.

Peterson, Carla L. Doers of the Word: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1830-1880) . NY: Oxford UP, 1995.

Samuels, Shirley, ed. The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in Nineteenth-Century America. NY: Oxford UP, 1992.

Showalter, Elaine. Sister's Choice: Tradition and Change in American Women's Writing. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1991.

Sullivan, Sherry. "The Literary Debate over 'the Indian' in the Nineteenth-Century." American Indian Culture and Research Journal 9 (1985): 13-31.

Thomson, Rosemarie Garland. Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature. NY: Columbia UP, 1996.

Tichi, Cecelia. "Women Writers and the New Woman." Columbia Literary History of the United States. Ed. Elliott, Emory, et al. NY: Columbia UP, 1988. 589-606. [PS92.C64 810.9]

Tompkins, Jane. Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of American Fiction, 1790-1860. NY: Oxford UP, 1985.

Wall, Cheryl, ed. Changing Our Own Words: Essays on Criticism, Theory, and Writing by Black Women. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1989.

Warren, Joyce W. The American Narcissus: Individualism and Women in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1984. [PS374-W6W28 1984]

Warren, Joyce W., ed. The (Other) American Traditions: Nineteenth Century Women Writers. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1993.


D'Emilio, John, and Estelle B. Freedman. Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America. NY: Harper & Row, 1988.

Faderman, Lillian. Surpassing the Love of Men: Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present. NY: Morrow & Co., 1981. 190-203.

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