Legacy News: Summar C. Sparks joins as Editorial Assistant

Legacy is happy to announce that Summar C. Sparks has joined us as our new Editorial Assistant. As we speak, Ms. Sparks is preparing to defend her dissertation, “Bound by Paper: Nineteenth-Century Southern Editors and Their Northern Connections,” at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She brings experience working as an Assistant Editor at College English, and we are very happy to have her.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Amber LaPiana for her superb contributions as Legacy Editorial Assistant over the past two years. As her term draws to a close, she departs the journal in order to become Senior Editor for the education website noodle.com. We thank her for her excellent service and her brilliant editorial eye, and we wish her well as she begins her career.

Jennifer S. Tuttle

Editor, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers,

CFP: LEGACY special issue: “Recovering Alice Dunbar-Nelson for the 21st Century” (journal issue; Deadline 9.30.14)

Special issue, “Recovering Alice Dunbar-Nelson for the 21st Century”

Guest Editors: Sandra Zagarell, Katherine Adams, Caroline Gebhard

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers solicits papers for a special issue devoted to writing by Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Best known today as the author of regionalist short fiction set in her native New Orleans, Dunbar-Nelson was also an essayist, poet, playwright, newspaper columnist and editor, diarist, anthologist, educator, and activist engaged in the suffrage movement and African American political and social advancement.

Neither Dunbar-Nelson’s oeuvre nor her life fits comfortably into the ways of thinking that have traditionally shaped Americanist, African Americanist, and feminist criticism. For example, while some of her short stories openly engage racial inequity, much of the New Orleans fiction seems to hew to an aesthetic that prizes polish over politics. It takes considerable knowledge of the city’s racialized cultural geography and history to recognize how artfully Dunbar-Nelson’s fiction unsettles presumptions about racial and sexual distinctions, religion, ethnicity, nation, class, and gender. Dunbar-Nelson’s own practices of identification were enormously complicated. She was a prominent black activist and public intellectual; she felt that as a light-skinned African American she suffered from reverse colorism; she was herself sometimes derisive about dark-skinned blacks. Her sexuality was fluid: she had sexual-romantic relationships with women as well as men, and her most enduring relationships were with her third husband, Robert J. Nelson, and a woman educator, Edwina B. Kruse.  Continue reading

Legacy: Legacy’s latest issue, 30.2 (Fall 2013)

From Susan Tomlinson on SSAWW-L and http://legacywomenwriters.org/:

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers announces the publication of our latest issue, 30.2 (Fall 2013)


  • A special subsection on Cross-Racial Collaborations and Challenges in Feminist Literary Studies
  • A newly recovered story by Kate Chopin, “Her First Party” (1905)


Touching Liberty, Transforming Academe: Cross-Racial Collaborations and Challenges in Feminist Literary Studies

Tributes to Frances Smith Foster
Recipient of the SSAWW’s Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Medal, 2012

Joycelyn Moody, Elizabeth Cali, Rachel Johnston, Sarah Ruffing Robbins, Elizabeth Engelhardt, Shannon Cardinal, and Jennifer S. Tuttle

“White Suffragist Dis/Entitlement: The Revolution and the Rhetoric of Racism”
Jen McDaneld

“Jessie Fauset’s Plum Bun and the City’s Transformative Potential”
Catherine Rottenberg

“Collaboration in the Archive: Finding, Shaping, and Disseminating Stories from a Missionary Writer’s Network”
Sarah Ruffing Robbins and Ann Ellis Pullen

“A Riff, A Call, and A Response: Reframing the Problem that Led to Our Being Tokens in Ethnic and Gender Studies; or, Where Are We Going Anyway and With Whom Will We Travel?”
P. Gabrielle Foreman

“The Politics of the Body: Gender, Race, and Coalition after Twenty Years”
Karen Sánchez-Eppler

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Legacy announces three new editors (from SSAWW-L)

LegacyCoverSmall75ShadowLegacy: A Journal of American Women Writers is happy to announce the addition of three new editors to our team.

Desiree Henderson, of the University of Texas, Arlington, is our new features editor. As many of you know, Legacy features include Profiles, Reprints, From the Archives, and On Culture, and they embody the journal’s commitment to original, archives-based, and theoretically rigorous recovery work.  An accomplished scholar, Desiree has a long history at Legacy, having served as a board member, consultant, and contributor.

Mary Unger, of Ripon College, will serve as our new managing editor.  Mary brings long experience doing such work for American Literary History along with a strong record of scholarship and editorial acumen.

And Amber LaPiana, who is completing her dissertation at Washington State University, joins us as editorial assistant.  Amber remains an editorial associate at Poe Studies and has formerly served at ESQ.

We are excited and grateful to have such superb scholars and editors on the masthead and are looking forward to working with all three of them.

Desiree and Mary assume their roles upon the departure of Robin Cadwallader.  Most recently, Robin worked as Legacy‘s managing and features editors, but she has served the journal for many, many years and at nearly every phase of its production.  We thank Robin deeply for her myriad contributions. I am grateful indeed that we will continue to benefit from her expertise and institutional memory in her new capacity as consulting editor.

Finally, we bid farewell to Lisa M. Thomas. As assistant editor, Lisa has been the bedrock of each Legacy issue on which she has worked.  Her careful eye and encyclopedic knowledge of MLA style will be greatly missed. Both Lisa and Robin have served the journal with great loyalty and generosity, and we thank them profusely for their dedication.


Jennifer S. Tuttle

Editor, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers