Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers: 30th Anniversary Issue

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers observes its 30th anniversary with the publication of issue 31.1 (Spring 2014)



“Finding Place to Speak: Sarah Winnemucca’s Rhetorical Practices in Disciplinary Spaces” by Rosalyn Collings Eves

Approaches to Recovering Early Women

Conference presentations from recent Legacy-sponsored panels

  • “States of Recollection: How Seventeenth-Century Women Thought about Recovery and the Atlantic World” by Tamara Harvey
  • “Looking for Stories of Inarticulate Women” by Ava Chamberlain
  • “Interpretative Challenges Posed by the Gendered Performances of Early American Female Criminals” by Amelia C. Lewis
  • “Phillis Wheatley on Friendship” by Tara Bynum
  • “‘Memorials of Exemplary Women Are Peculiarly Interesting’: Female Biography in Early National America” by Lucia McMahon

A Riff, A Call, and A Response: A Forum

Edited by P. Gabrielle Foreman

  • “Better a Bloody Shovel than Ambivalence” by Joycelyn Moody
  • “Do You Have Any Skin in the Game?” by Kimberly Blockett
  • “Out of the Kitchen of the House of Fiction” by M. Giulia Fabi
  • “Twenty-First-Century African American Literary Studies as Movementby Herman Beavers
  • “Race and the Mind/Body Problem” by Katherine Clay Bassard
  • “Whiteness Visible” by John Ernest

Legacy Profile

Mary Dwinell Chellis Lund (1826-1891) by Larisa Asaeli

Excerpt from “Drinking Jack” (1881) by Mary Dwinell Chellis

Legacy Reprint

Introduction: “Investing in Literature: Ernestine Rose and the Harlem Branch Public Library of the 1920s” by Barbara Hochman

“Serving New York’s Black City” by Ernestine Rose

Book Reviews

  • “Critical Legacies”: A special anniversary forum in celebration of Nina Baym’s Woman’s Fiction: A Guide to Novels by and about Women in America, 1820-1870, Frances Smith Foster’s Written By Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1746-1892, and Shirley Samuels’ The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in 19th-Century America.

Contributors: Marianne Noble, Elizabeth Stockton, Duncan Faherty, John Ernest,  Xiomara Santamarina, Elizabeth Cali, Glenn Hendler, María Carla Sánchez, Jennifer Travis

  • Review Essay “Childish Things”: A Review of Robin Bernstein, Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights; Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century; and Courtney Weikle-Mills, Imaginary Citizens: Child Readers and the Limits of American Independence 1640-1868
    Anna Mae Duane, University of Connecticut
  • Reviews

Philosophies of Sex:  Critical Essays on The Hermaphrodite edited by Renée Bergland and Gary Williams

Heather Barrett, Boston University

E. D. E. N. Southworth: Recovering a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist by Melissa Homestead and Pamela Washington

Carl Ostrowski, Middle Tennessee State University

To Fight Aloud Is Very Brave: American Poetry and the Civil War by Faith Barrett

Christa Vogelius, University of Michigan

The Selected Letters of Elizabeth Stoddard edited by Jennifer Putzi and Elizabeth Stockton

Nicole Livengood, Marietta College

Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature by Beth Piatote

Cari Carpenter, West Virginia University