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.

Fiction & the Early American Novel

Armstrong, Nancy. Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel. New York: Oxford UP, 1987.

Barnard, Philip, Mark Kamrath, and Stephen Shapiro, eds. Revising Charles Brockden Brown: Culture, Politics, and Sexuality in the Early Republic. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2004.

Barnes, Elizabeth. States of Sympathy: Seduction and Democracy in the American Novel. New York: Columbia UP, 1997.

Burstein, Andrew. Sentimental Democracy: The Evolution of America’s Romantic Self-Image. New York: Hill and Wang, 1999.

Christophersen, Bill. The Apparition in the Glass: Charles Brockden Brown’s American Gothic. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1993.

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

Ellis, Kate F. The Contested Castle: Gothic Novels and the Subversion of Domestic Ideology. Urbana and Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1989.

Ferguson, Robert A. Reading the Early Republic. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2004.

Fichtelberg, Joseph. Critical Fictions: Sentiment and the American Market 1780-1870. Athens, Georgia: U of Georgia P, 2003.

Gilmore, Michael T. The Middle Way: Puritanism and Ideology in American Romantic Fiction. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1977.

Gould, Philip. Covenant and Republic: Historical Romance and the Politics of Puritanism. New York: Cambridge UP, 1996.

Jordan, Cynthia S. Second Stories: The Politics of Language, Form, and Gender in Early American Fictions. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1989.

Kafer, Peter. Charles Brockden Brown’s Revolution and the Birth of American Gothic. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2004.

Parker, Patricia L. Early American Fiction: A Reference Guide. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1984.

Rubin-Dorsky, Jeffrey. “The Early American Novel.” The Columbia History of the American Novel. Ed. Emory Elliott. New York: Columbia UP, 1991. 6-25.

Samuels, Shirley. Romances of the Republic: Women, the Family, and Violence in the Literature of the Early American Nation. New York: Oxford UP, 1996.

Spengemann, William C. The Adventurous Muse: The Poetics of American Fiction, 1789-1900. New Haven: Yale UP, 1977.

Stern, Julia A. The Plight of Feeling: Sympathy and Dissent in the Early American Novel. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1997.

Watts, Steven. The Romance of Real Life: Charles Brockden Brown and the Origins of American Culture. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1994.

Wesley, Marilyn C. Secret Journeys: The Trope of Women’s Travel in American Literature. Albany: SUNY Press, 1999.