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Reading Lists from SSAWW-L (Compilers’ names in parentheses) 

 

For full publication information and commentary on these suggestions, go to the archives of SSAWW-L.

Women and Publishing (compiled by Catherine E. Saunders)

Melissa Homestead, American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822-1869
Michael Winship (several individual and co-authored titles suggested).
Meredith McGill’s American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting.

For a course on Gender, Space, and Place
(compiled by Cari Carpenter)

Catherine Beecher, AMERICAN WOMAN’S HOME or TREATISE ON DOMESTIC ECONOMY
(could pair w/contemporary women’s magazine)
Alice Cary, “Uncle Christopher’s,” “Why Molly Root Got Married,” and “Charlotte Ryan”
Lydia Maria Child, THE AMERICAN FRUGAL HOUSEWIFE (could pair w/contemporary women’s magazine)
Kate Chopin, THE AWAKENING
Emily Dickinson poems
Fanny Fern, RUTH HALL
Mary Wilkins Freeman, “The Revolt of Mother,” “A New England Nun,” and “A Church Mouse”
Margaret Fuller, SUMMER ON THE LAKES
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, HERLAND or “The Yellow Wallpaper”
Alice B. Haven, THE COOPER’S, OR GETTING UNDERWAY http://www.archive.org/details/coopersorgetting00haveiala
Nathaniel Hawthorne, THE SCARLET LETTER or THE BLITHEDALE ROMANCE
Fannie Hurst, IMITATION OF LIFE
Harriet Jacobs, INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL
Henry James, “In the Cage”
S. O. Jewett, THE COUNTRY OF THE POINTED FIRS
Caroline Kirkland, A NEW HOME, WHO’LL FOLLOW?
Herman Melville, “The Paradise of Bachelors and Paradise of Maids” or BENITO CERENO (with Nicola Nixon, “The Politics of the Dandiacal Body” ?)
Mary Lane, MIZORA
Nancy Prince, A NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE AND TRAVELS OF MRS. NANCY PRINCE
Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, THE SQUATTER AND THE DON
Leonora Sansay, SECRET HISTORY; OR, THE HORRORS OF ST. DOMINGO
Mary Seacole, THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF MRS. MARY SEACOLE IN MANY LANDS
Catherine Maria Sedgwick, HOPE LESLIE
Susan Stabile, MEMORY’S DAUGHTERS
Elizabeth Stoddard, TEMPLE HOUSE or THE MORGESONS
Celia Thaxter, AMONG THE ISLES OF SHOALS or AN ISLAND GARDEN
“Westward the Women” (film)
Edith Wharton (and Ogden Codman), THE DECORATION OF HOUSES
Edith Wharton, THE HOUSE OF MIRTH
Harriet Wilson, OUR NIG
Emma Wolf (ed. Barbara Cantalupo), OTHER THINGS BEING EQUAL
Zitkala-Sa, AMERICAN INDIAN STORIES

College Girl Novels

Patricia Brewer’s essay “The Chafing Dish and the College Girl”
An American Girl and Her Four Years in a Boys’ College by Olive San Louie Anderson
Shirley Marchalonis, COLLEGE GIRLS: A CENTURY IN FICTION
Jean Webster’s Daddy-Long-Legs
Hamlin Garland’s Rose of Dutcher’s Coolly
C aroline Fuller’s Across the Campus: A Story of College Life (New York: Scribner’s, 1899) and Helen Dawes Brown’s Two College Girls (Boston: Ticknor, 1886)
John E. Kramer’s The American College Novel: An Annotated Bibliography (Scarecrow, 2003)
Josephine Bacon’s Her Fiancé: Four Stories of College Life. [1904]
Kathleen Millay–Against the Wall (1929)
Anzia Yezierska–Bread Givers (1925)
The Vassar Girls series, by Elizabeth Champney
GIRLS SERIES BOOKS: A CHECKLIST OF TITLES PUBLISHED 1840-1991
Children’s Literature Research Collections. University of Minnesota Libraries. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1992. complete on-line at:  http://special.lib.umn.edu/clrc/girlsseriesbook.html
“Beverly Gray” series (1934)

Women’s Health

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”
A Country Doctor by Jewett
Edith B. Gelles’ book _Portia: The World of Abigail Adams_ (1992)
Laurel Ulrich’s _The Midwife’s Tale_
Wilson, Our Nig 
Medical Humanities Database, http://litmed.med.nyu.edu/Main?action=new

“The Boveopathic Sanatorium,” by Susan Brown Robbins, reprinted in Studies in American Humor, n.s. 3:6, 1999,
Anzia Yezierska’s “Free Vacation House”
Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing.”
Barbara Herndl’s Invalid Women
James, Daisy Miller
Alcott’s Hospital Sketches
Watkins’s Iola Leroy
Phelps’s Doctor Zay
short stories by Zitkala-Sa
Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs
Chopin, The Awakening
Harriet Prescott Spofford’s “Her Story”
Diane Price Herndl, “Our Breasts, Our Selves: Identity, Community, and Ethics in Cancer Autobiographies.” _Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society_ 32.1 (Autumn 2006): 221-45.
Daughter of Boston: The Extraordinary Diary of a Nineteenth Century Woman, Caroline Healey Dall (Beacon Press) Tess Slesinger’s “Missis Flinders.
“Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945 (ed. Jeffrey L. Geller and Maxine Harris)
*Diary of Alice James*

Actresses, Performance, and Theatricality (texts by women writers)
Compiled by Theresa Strouth Gaul

Deborah Samson Gannet, “Addr[e]ss, Delivered with Applause, at the Federal-Street Theatre, Boston” (1802)
Fanny Kemble, various writings
Anna Cora Mowatt, Mimic Life, or, Before and Behind the Curtain (1856) (ed. Jeffrey Richards)
Anna Cora Mowatt, Autobiography of an Actress; or, 8 years on the Stage (1859).
Rebecca Harding Davis, “Across the Gulf,” Lippincott’s Magazine 27 (Jul. 1881): 59-71.
Jeannette L. Gilder, Taken By Siege (1866)
Helena Modjeska, Memories and Impressions (1910)
Mary Austin, A Woman of Genius (1912)
Lisa Merrill, When Romeo Was a Woman: Charlotte Cushman and Her Circle of Female Spectators (1991)

Texts with enslaved individuals’ marriages/weddings
Compiled by Miranda Green-Barteet

Literary Texts

Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin: wedding of George and Eliza
Child, “The Quadroons”: wedding of Edward and Rosalie
Harper, Iola Leroy:  wedding of Eugene Leroy (wealthy white planter) and Marie (young enslaved girl)
Brown, Clotel, or, The President’s Daughter
Brown, Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave. Written by Himself
Stowe, Dred, A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp
Crafts, The Bondwoman’s Narrative
Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Elizabeth Payson Prentiss, Life (narrative edited by her husband George Prentiss)
Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: marriage/wedding of Jacobs’s parents’ is alluded to
Morrison, Beloved: not an actual wedding, but Sethe believes she and Halle will have one

Critical Texts
Frances Smith Foster, Love and Marriage in Early Africa America
—, Love and Marriage in Africa America
Tess Chakkalakal, Novel Bondage (forthcoming Aug. 1)

iterature (compiled by Sarah Berry) 

Sarah Orne Jewett’s _The Country of the Pointed Firs_
Granny Midwives & Black Women Writers: Double-Dutched Readings

Louisa May Alcott’s _Hospital Sketches_Henry James, The Bostonians

Williams, Ben Ames <http://litmed.med.nyu.edu/People?action=view&id=2948&gt; The Nurse (short story, 1926)

Sharla Fett’s Working Cures: Healing, Health, and Power on Southern Slave Plantations

Anderson, Laurie Halse <http://litmed.med.nyu.edu/People?action=view&id=3224&gt; Fever 1793 (YA historical fiction)

Secundy, M. G. & Nixon, L. L., eds. <http://litmed.med.nyu.edu/People?action=view&id=2720&gt; Trials, Tribulations, and Celebrations: African American Perspectives on Health, Illness, Aging and Loss

The Heart Specialist by Claire Rothman (2009) (Based on the career of Maude Abbott, one of Canada’s first female physicians).

McKay, Ami <http://litmed.med.nyu.edu/People?action=view&id=3640&gt; The Birth House

“My Name is Mary Sutter” by Robin Oliveira

“The Midwife” by Gay Courter (1994)


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