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.

Women and Gender

Allen, Paula Gunn. The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions. Boston: Beacon P, 1986.

Anderson, Karen L. Chain Her by One Foot: The Subjugation of Native Women in Seventeenth- Century New France. New York: Routledge, 1991.

Andrews, William L., et al., eds. Journeys in New Worlds: Early American Women’s Narratives. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1990.

Berkin, Carol. First Generations: Women in Colonial America. New York: Hill and Wang, 1996.

Berkus, Catherine A. Strangers and Pilgrims: Female Preaching in America, 1740-1845. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1998.

Brereton, Virginia Lieson. From Sin to Salvation: Stories of Women’s Conversions, 1800 to the Present. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1991.

Breslaw, Elaine G. Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem: Devilish Indians and Puritan Fantasies. New York: New York UP, 1996.

Brown, Kathleen M. “Brave New Worlds: Women’s and Gender History.” William and Mary Quarterly 50.2 (1993): 311-28.

---. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia. Chapel Hill : U of North Carolina P, 1996.

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

Cima, Gay Gibson. Early American Women Critics: Performance, Religion, Race. New York: Cambridge UP, 2006.

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

Cott, Nancy F. The Bonds of Womanhood: “Woman’s Sphere” in New England, 1780-1835. New Haven: Yale UP, 1977.

Cypess, Sandra Messinger. La Malinche in Mexican Literature: From History to Myth. Austin: U of Texas P, 1991.

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

Derounian-Stodola, Kathryn Zabelle. Women’s Indian Captivity Narratives. New York: Penguin, 1998.

Dillon, Elizabeth Maddock. The Gender of Freedom: Fictions of Liberalism and the Literary Public Sphere. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2004.

Eldridge, Larry. Women and Freedom in Early America. New York: New York UP, 1997.

Evans, Sara M. Born for Liberty: A History of Women in America. New York: Free P, 1989.

Georgi-Findlay, Brigitte. The Frontiers of Women’s Writing: Women’s Narratives and the Rhetoric of Westward Expansion. Tucson: U Arizona P, 1996.

Gundersen, Joan R. To Be Useful to the World: Women in Revolutionary America, 1740-1790. New York: Twayne, 1996.

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

---. Women’s Early American Historical Narratives. New York: Penguin, 2003.

Hayes, Kevin J. A Colonial Woman’s Bookshelf. Knoxville: U Tennessee P, 1996.

Hoffman, Ronald, and Peter J. Albert, eds. Women in the Age of the American Revolution. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 1989.

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

James, Edward T., ed. Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary. 3 volumes. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard UP, 1971.

Johnson, Julie Greer. Women in Colonial Spanish American Literature: Literary Images. Westport: Greenwood P, 1983.

Karlsen, Carol F. The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: Witchcraft in Colonial New England. New York: Norton, 1987.

Kerber, Linda. Toward an Intellectual History of Women: Essays by Linda Kerber. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1997.

---. Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 1980.

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.

Leonard, Eugenie Andruss, Sophie Hutchinson Drinker, and Miriam Young Holden. The American Woman in Colonial and Revolutionary Times, 1565-1800: A Syllabus with Bibliography. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1962.

Lewis, Jan. “The Republican Wife: Virtue and Seduction in the Early Republic.” William and Mary Quarterly 44.4 (1987): 689-721.

Limon, Jose E. “La Llorona, The Third Legend of Greater Mexico: Cultural Symbols, Women, and the Political Unconscious.” Between Borders: Essays on Mexicana/Chicana History. Ed. Adelaida R. Del Castillo. Encino: Floricanto P, 1990. 399-432.

Lang, Amy Schrager. Prophetic Woman: Anne Hutchinson and the Problem of Dissent in the Literature of New England. Berkeley: U of California P, 1987.

LaPlante, Eve. American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans. New York: Harper Collins, 2004.

Larson, Rebecca. Daughters of Light: Quaker Women Preaching and Prophesying in the Colonies and Abroad, 1700-1775. New York: Knopf, 1999.

Levenduski, Christine. Peculiar Power: A Quaker Woman Preacher in Eighteenth-Century America. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996.

Marshall, Joyce, ed. Word from New France: The Selected Letters of Marie de l’Incarnation. Toronto: Oxford UP, 1967.

Martin, Wendy. An American Triptych: Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Adrienne Rich. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 1984.

Merrim, Stephanie, ed. Feminist Perspectives on Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 1991.

Mulford, Carla, Angela Vietto, and Amy E. Winans, eds. American Women Prose Writers to 1820. Dictionaryof Literary Biography, vol 200. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1999.

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

Norton, Mary Beth. Founding Mothers and Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society. New York: Knopf, 1996.

---. Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800. Boston: Little, Brown, 1980.

Porterfield, Amanda. Female Piety in Puritan New England: The Emergence of Religious Humanism. New York: Oxford UP, 1992.

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

Scheick, William J. Authority and Female Authorship in Colonial America. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1998.

Shields, David S. Civil Tongues and Polite Letters in British America. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1997.

Stabile, Susan M. Memory’s Daughters: The Material Culture of Remembrance in Eighteenth-Century America. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2004.

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

Tilton, Robert S. Pocahontas: The Evolution of an American Narrative. New York: Cambridge UP, 1994.

Treckel, Paula A. To Comfort the Heart: Women in Seventeenth-Century America. New York: Twayne, 1996.

Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750. New York: Knopf, 1982.

---. A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. New York: Knopf, 1990.

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

Westerkamp, Marilyn J. Women and Religion in Early America, 1600-1850: The Puritan and Evangelical Traditions. New York: Routledge, 1999.

Young, Alfred E. Masquerade: The Life and Times of Deborah Sampson, Continental Soldier. New York: Knopf, 2004.

Zagarri, Rosemarie. A Woman’s Dilemma: Mercy Otis Warren and the American Revolution. Wheeling, Illinois: Harlan Davidson, 1995.