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.


Narrative and Literary Forms

Bannet, Eve Tavor. Empire of Letters: Letter Manuals and Transatlantic Correspondence, 1680–1820. New York: Cambridge UP, 2006.

Cohen, Daniel A. The Female Marine and Related Works: Narratives of Cross-Dressing and Urban Vice in America’s Early Republic. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1997.

---. Pillars of Salt, Monuments of Grace: New England Crime Literature and the Origins of American Popular Culture, 1674-1860. New York: Oxford UP, 1993.

Cox, John D. Traveling South: Travel Narratives and the Construction of American Identity. Athens: U of Georgia Pr, 2005.

Davidson, Philip G. Propaganda and the American Revolution, 1763-1783. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1941.

Fish, Cherly J. Black and White Women’s Travel Narratives: Antebellum Explorations. Gainesville: U P of Florida, 2004.

Granger, Bruce Ingham. Political Satire in the American Revolution, 1763-1783. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1960.

Gustafson, Sandra M. Eloquence is Power: Oratory and Performance in Early America. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 2000.

Kenney, W. Howland, ed. Laughter in the Wilderness: Early American Humor to 1783. Kent: Kent State UP, 1976.

Martin, Wendy, ed. Colonial American Travel Narratives. New York: Penguin, 1994.

Miller, Marcia. “Verse Fables in Eighteenth-Century American Newspapers and Magazines.” Resources for American Literary Study 19.2 (1993): 275-93.

Nilsen, Don L. F. Humor in American Literature: A Selected Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1992.

Rubin, Louis D., Jr., ed. The Comic Imagination in American Literature. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1973.

Yothers, Brian. The Romance of the Holy Land in American Travel Writing, 1790-1876. Aldershot, Hants, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007.

Williams, Daniel E., ed. Pillars of Salt: An Anthology of Early American Criminal Narratives. Madison: Madison House, 1993.