Early American Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Material

Early American Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Material: A bibliography of print criticism divided in categories designed to provide teachers and students a starting place for class preparation and research projects complied by Edward J. Gallagher up to 1999. For Recent Publications in the field of Early American studies, please consult: The Society of Early Americanists Page of Recent and Forthcoming Publications and Journals. Thank you.


Scholarly Book and Articles

Appleby, Joyce. "A Different Kind of Independence: The Postwar Restructuring of the Historical Study of Early America." William and Mary Quarterly 50.2 (1993): 245-67.

Baym, Nina. "Early Histories of American Literature: A Chapter in the Institution of New England." American Literary History 1.3 (1989): 459-88. (Revised in her Feminism and American Literary History, 1992.

---. "Melodramas of Beset Manhood: How Theories of American Fiction Exclude Women Authors." American Quarterly 33.2 (1981): 123-39. (Reprinted in her Feminism and American Literary History, 1992.)

Bercovitch, Sacvan, gen. ed. The Cambridge History of American Literature, Volume 1:1590-1820. New York: Cambridge UP, 1994.

---. "The Problem of Ideology in American Literary History." Critical Inquiry 12.4 (1986): 631-53. (Reprinted in his Rites of Assent, 1993.

Bercovitch, Sacvan, and Myra Jehlen, eds. Ideology and Classic American Literature. New York: Cambridge UP, 1986.

Butts, Francis. "The Myth of Perry Miller." American Historical Review 87.4 (1982): 665-94.

Carafiol, Peter. The American Ideal: Literary History as a Worldly Activity. New York: Oxford UP, 1991.

---. "The Constraints of History: Revision and Revolution in American Literary Studies." College English 50.6 (1988): 605-22. (Incorporated into his American Ideal, 1991.

---. "The New Orthodoxy: Ideology and the Institution of American Literary History." American Literature 59.4 (1987): 626-38. (Incorporated into his American Ideal, 1991.

Crews, Frederick. "Whose American Renaissance?" New York Review of Books 35, no. 16 (Oct 27, 1988): 68-81.

De Prospo, R. C. "Marginalizing Early American Literature." New Literary History 23.2 (1992): 233-65.

Derounian-Stodola, Kathryn Zabelle, ed. "Critical Theory and Early American Literature." Round Table section of Early American Literature 34.1 (1999): 84-112.

Elliott, Emory. "American Literary History: Past and Present." American Literature 57.4 (1985): 611-25.

---, gen. ed. Columbia Literary History of the United States. New York: Columbia UP, 1988.

Fox-Genovese, Elizabeth. "Between Individualism and Fragmentation: American Culture and the New Literary Studies of Race and Gender." American Quarterly 42.1 (1990): 7-34.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. Loose Canons: Notes on the Culture Wars. New York: Oxford UP, 1992.

Gould, Philip. "Virtue, Ideology, and the American Revolution: The Legacy of the Republican Synthesis." American Literary History 5.3 (1993): 564-77.

Graff, Gerald. "The Promise of American Literature Studies." Professing Literature: An Institutional History. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1987. 209-25.

Greene, Jack P. The Intellectual Construction of America: Exceptionalism and Identity from 1492 to 1800. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1993.

Greene, Jack P., and J. R. Pole. Colonial British America: Essays in the New History of the Early Modern Era. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1984.

Gura, Philip F. "The Study of Colonial American Literature, 1966-1987: A Vade Mecum." William and Mary Quarterly 45.2 (1988): 305-41.

---. "Turning Our World Upside Down: Reconceiving Early American Literature." American Literature 63.1 (1991): 104-12.

Hall, David D. "On Common Ground: The Coherence of American Puritan Studies." William and Mary Quarterly 44.2 (1987):193-229.

Harris, Sharon. "Contemporary Theories and Early American Literature." Early American Literature 29.2 (1994): 183-89.

Jay, Gregory S. "The End of 'American' Literature: Toward a Multicultural Practice." College English 53.3 (1991): 264-81. (Reprinted in his American Literature and the Culture Wars, 1997.

Kartiganer, Donald, and Malcolm A. Griffith. Theories of American Literature. New York: Macmillan, 1972.

Kolodny, Annette. "The Integrity of Memory: Creating a New Literary History of the United States." American Literature 57.2 (1985): 291-307.

---. "Letting Go Our Grand Obsessions: Notes Toward a New Literary History of the American Frontiers." American Literature 64.1 (1992): 1-18.

---. "A Map for Rereading: Or, Gender and the Interpretation of Literary Texts." New Literary History 11.4 (1980): 451-67.

Krupat, Arnold. The Voice in the Margin: Native American Literature and the Canon. Berkeley: U of California P, 1989.

Lauter, Paul, et al. Heath Anthology of American Literature. Boston: D.C. Heath, 1990.

---. "The Literatures of America--A Comparative Discipline." Canons and Contexts. New York: Oxford UP, 1991. 48-96. (Revision of essay in Redefining American Literary History. Ed. A. LaVonne Brown Ruoff & Jerry W. Ward, Jr. New York: Modern Language Association, 1990.

---. "Race and Gender in the Shaping of the American Literary Canon: A Case Study from the Twenties." Canons and Contexts. New York: Oxford UP, 1991. 22-47.

Matthiessen. F. O. American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman. New York: Oxford UP, 1941. (810.9 M433a)

Miller, Perry. Errand into the Wilderness. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1956.

Mulford, Carla, ed. Expanding the Early American Canon. Spec. issue of Resources for American Literature Study. 19.2 (1993): 165-308. (Gallagher)

---. "Seated amid the Rainbow: On Teaching American Writings to 1800." American Literature 65.2 (1993): 342-48.

Parker, Hershel. "The Price of Diversity: An Ambivalent Minority Report on the American Literary Canon." College Literature 18.3 (1991): 15-29.

Parrington, Vernon Louis. Main Currents in American Thought: The Colonial Mind. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1930.

Pease, Donald E. "New Americanists: Revisionist Interventions Into the Canon." Boundary 2 17.1 (1990): 1-37.

Porter, Carolyn. "What We Know That We Don't Know: Remapping American Literary Studies." American Literary History 6.3 (1994): 467-526.

Radway, Janice. " 'What's in a Name?' Presidential Address to the American Studies Association, November 20, 1998." American Quarterly 51.1 (1999): 1-32.

Reising, Russell J. The Unusable Past: Theory and the Study of American Literature. New York: Methuen, 1986.

Ruland, Richard. "Art and a Better America." American Literary History 3.2 (1991): 337-59.

Ruoff, A. LaVonne Brown, and Jerry W. Ward, Jr., eds. Redefining American Literary History. New York: Modern Language Association, 1990.

Saldivar, Jose David. The Dialectics of Our America: Genealogy, Cultural Critique, and Literary History. Durham: Duke UP, 1991.

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. The Disuniting of America. New York: Norton, 1992.

Shumway, David R. Creating American Civilization: A Genealogy of American Literature as an Academic Discipline. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1994.

Spengemann, William C. "Early American Literature and the Project of Literary History." American Literary History 5.3 (1993): 512-41. (Incorporated into his A New World of Words: Redefining Early American Literature, 1994.

---. A Mirror For Americanists: Reflections on the Idea of American Literature. Hanover: UP of New England, 1989.

Spiller, Robert. "Address to the Reader." Literary History of the United States. Vol. 1. New York: Macmillan, 1948. xiii- xx.

Tichi, Cecelia. "American Literary Studies to the Civil War." Redrawing the Boundaries: The Transformation of English and American Literary Studies. Ed. Stephen Greenblatt and Giles Gunn. New York: Modern Language Association, 1992. 209-31.

Tompkins, Jane. "'Indians': Textualism, Morality, and the Problem of History." Critical Inquiry 13.1 (1986): 101-19.

---. Sensational Designs: The Cultural Work of American Fiction, 1790-1860. New York: Oxford UP, 1985.

Trilling, Lionel. The Liberal Imagination: Essays on Literature and Society. New York: Viking, 1950.

Wise, Gene. "'Paradigm Dramas' in American Studies: A Cultural and Institutional History of the Movement." American Quarterly 31.2 (1979): 293-337.