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.

Westward Expansion

Ambrose, Stephen E. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Barclay, Donald A., James H. Maguire, and Peter Wild, eds. Into the Wilderness Dream: Exploration Narratives of the American West, 1500-1805. Salt Lake City: U of Utah P, 1994.

Baritz, Loren. “The Idea of the West.” American Historical Review 66.3 (1961): 618-40.

Bohls, Elizabeth A. Women Travel Writers and the Language of Aesthetics, 1716-1818. New York: Cambridge UP, 1995.

Booth, Stephane Elise. Buckeye Women: The History of Ohio’s Daughters. Athens, Ohio: Ohio UP, 2001.

Cayton, Andrew R.L., and Fredrika J. Teute, eds. Contact Points: American Frontiers from the

Mohawk Valley to the Mississippi, 1750-1830. Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1998.

Clark, Ella Elizabeth. Sacagawea of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Berkeley: U of California P, 1979.

Conroy, David W. In Public Houses: Drink and the Revolution of Authority in Colonial Massachusetts. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1995.

Drake, Samuel Adams. Old Boston Taverns and Tavern Clubs. Boston: Butterfield, 1917.

Earle, Alice Morse. Stage-Coach and Tavern Days. 1900. New York: Blom, 1969.

Echeverria, Durand. Mirage in the West: A History of the French Image of American Society to 1815. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1957.

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

Gray, Edward G. The Making of John Ledyard: Empire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler. New Haven: Yale UP, 2007.

Greenfield, Bruce. Narrating Discovery: The Romantic Explorer in American Literature, 1790-1855. New York: Columbia UP, 1992.

Hunt, Douglas R. The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1996.

Imbarrato, Susan Clair. Traveling Women: Narrative Visions of Early America. Athens: Ohio UP, 2006.

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

---. The Lay of the Land: Metaphor as Experience and History in American Life and Letters. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1975.

Lueck, Beth L. American Writers and the Picturesque Tour: The Search for National Identity. New York: Garland, 1997.

Namias, June. White Captives: Gender and Ethnicity on the American Frontier. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1993.

Seelye, John. Prophetic Waters: The River in Early American Life and Literature. New York: Oxford UP, 1977.

Slaughter, Thomas P. Exploring Lewis and Clark: Reflections on Men and Wilderness. New York: Knopf, 2003.

Slotkin, Richard. Regeneration Through Violence: The Mythology of The American Frontier, 1600-1860. Middleton, Conn., Wesleyan UP, 1973.

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

Watts, Edward. An American Colony: Regionalism and the Roots of Midwestern Culture. Athens, Ohio: Ohio UP, 2002.