Welcome to Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

Dingbat tiny The editors of Legacy are pleased to announce the results of Legacy’s 2018 SSAWW Best Paper Contest!

The winner of the general (non-student) category is Mollie Barnes (University of South Carolina Beaufort), whose paper was titled “Abolitionist Bodies in Charlotte Forten’s Sea Islands Journals and Liberator Articles.” Our readers for the award write, “This paper examines Charlotte Forten’s private and public writings about teaching as resistance, and in doing so makes fascinating arguments about “recovery” on a variety of levels. The paper considers the ‘recovery’ that Forten herself experienced from the illness that she documents in her journals as well as the ways that Forten’s revision histories of her journals can contribute to “recovery studies.” By showing that textual recoveries are what Forten herself was concerned with, the author recovers Forten as crucial to recovery studies of the period.”

Honorable Mention in the general category goes to Kristin Allukian (University of South Florida), and her paper, “Some other wrong ‘laid bare’: Evolutionary Postbellum Activism in U.S. Women’s Writing.”

The winner for the student category is Stephanie Scherer (University of Pennsylvania), whose paper was titled “In/Hospitable: Conditions of Cross-Racial Attachment in Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie.” Our readers called this paper “the most theoretically ambitious in the group” and explained that Scherer “reads Hope Leslie as a text that constructs the nexus of colonization and domesticity, and goes on to argue that the novel’s use of the domestic is limited and, finally, politically regressive. In particular, the writer, citing Amy Kaplan’s concept of “imperial domesticity,” examines the figures of ‘interracial’ adoption to investigate how “hospitality” (welcome, familiarity, intimacy, affective connection) shapes discourses of the domestic and how this trope ultimately fails as a critique of the cruelties inherent in imperialist expansion and genocide.”

Honorable Mention in the student category goes to Caitlin Edwards (Lehigh University) for her paper “‘Streetyards where flower only lampposts’: Depicting and Resisting Environmental Classism in Olsen’s Yonnondio.”

Congratulations to all of those listed here! And thank you to our Board members who volunteered to read submissions and to all of you who shared your work with us.

Dingbat tiny LEGACY Volume 35, No. 2, is out! View the Table of Contents here and find the full issue on Project Muse.


PLEASE NOTE that this is a separate from the SSAWW’s graduate student paper competition and that authors are free to submit their work to both contests.

The editors of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers invite submissions to a contest honoring the best papers presented at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers conference in Denver. Two prizes will be awarded—one for the best paper presented by a graduate student and another for the best paper presented by a non-student member of SSAWW.

Please send conference-length papers (i.e., in the form in which they were delivered) to Jennifer Tuttle by December 10, 2018. Make sure that your name appears only on a title page and that any references to your own work appear in the third person. In addition, indicate whether you are entering in the graduate student or non-student category.

The contest winners will be invited to expand their papers to a length of 8,000 to 10,000 words, including documentation. If they are suitable for publication and compliant with the University of Nebraska Press copyright policy, these revised essays will be published in a future issue of Legacy. Note that the University of Nebraska Press copyright policy dictates that essays published in Legacy may not have been published previously in any form or be currently under consideration by any other journal or publisher, including as part of a book manuscript.

Although Legacy has a historical orientation and a chronological scope that ends at approximately 1940, we make an exception to this rule for the Best Papers Contest in order to open up the competition for presenters working in all time periods.


Dingbat tiny Don’t miss the Legacy-sponsored panels at the SSAWW Triennial Conference in Denver!

Recovery without the Author: Alternate Approaches to the Recovery of Women’s Writing (Saturday, November 10; 9:30-10:45am)
Chair: Alexandra Socarides, University of Missouri
Claudia Stokes, Trinity University: “Anonymous and Pseudonymous”
Theresa Strouth Gaul, Texas Christian University: “Misattribution and the Legacies of Sarah Rogers (Mohawk), Phoebe Hinsdale Brown, and Elias Boudinot (Cherokee)”
Jennifer Putzi, College of William and Mary: “‘By Her Mother’: African American Women’s Poetry and the Issue of Authorship”
Faith Barrett, Duquesne University: “‘Enrich This Mental Pic-Nic Feast’: Communal Writing Practices in a Black Woman’s Friendship Album”

Paratext and Authorship in American Women’s Writing (Saturday, November 10; 3:45-5pm)
Chair: Susan Tomlinson, University of Massachusetts Boston
Maura D’Amore, St. Michael’s College: “Celia Thaxter’s Book Arts”
Amy Gore, University of New Mexico: “Corporeal Matters: Paratextual Whiteness and Embodied Space in Early Indigenous Women’s Writing”
Brianna Thompson, Cornell University: “Religious Paratext, Self Paratext: Revisiting Butler’s Parable Novels”
Marion Rust, University of Kentucky: “Alone Together: Isolating Paratext in the Work of Susan Howe, Charles Sanders Peirce, and Mary Rowlandson”

Dingbat tiny The editors of Legacy are delighted to welcome Mary Chapman, Professor of English at the University of British Columbia, as our new Features Editor. Mary is the author of Making Noise, Making News: US Suffrage Print Culture in Modernism (Oxford 2014); the editor of the Broadview edition of Charles Brockden Brown’s novel Ormond; and a coeditor of Treacherous Texts: US Suffrage Literature, 1846-1946 (with Angela Mills, Rutgers 2011), and Sentimental Men: Masculinity and the Politics of Affect in American Culture (with Glenn Hendler, Rutgers 1999). We thank Desirée Henderson for five extraordinary years as Features Editor, and we look forward to reading her forthcoming How to Read a Diary: Critical Contexts and Interpretive Strategies for 21st-Century Readers!

Dingbat tiny Volume 35.1 is now available. Please check out the contents under the Current Issue tab and find the full issue on Project Muse.

Dingbat tinyLegacy is proud to welcome Cari Carpenter as our new Book Review Editor. Cari is an associate professor of English at West Virginia University and the author of Seeing Red: Anger, Sentimentality, and American Indians (Ohio State, 2008). We thank Jean Lutes for three wonderful years editing our Book Review section, and we are happy that she is sticking around as an editorial consultant!

Dingbat tinyLegacy is now inviting submissions for our guaranteed panel “Paratext and Authorship in American Women’s Writing” at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Triennial Conference, held this November in Denver.  See CFP, above, for details.

Dingbat tinyIssue 34, No. 2, is now available. Legacy congratulates Susan Tomlinson on her first issue as Editor. 34.2 also features four essays, Legacy Profile and Reprint, and website and book reviews. View the table of contents under the Current Issue tab and find the full issue on Project Muse.

Dingbat tinyLegacy is happy to invite submissions to “American Women’s Writing and the Genealogies of Queer Thought,” a special issue guest-edited by Travis M. Foster and Timothy M. Griffiths. Check out the full CFP.

Dingbat tinyLegacy is delighted to welcome Katie Warczak as our new editorial assistant. We thank Summar Sparks for her two years with us and wish her all the best.

Dingbat tinyIssue 34, No. 1, is now available. This issue features a forum by the Lydia Maria Child Society, entitled “Envisioning America’s Future: Lydia Maria Child and Social Justice.” 34.1 also boasts a Features Forum on Susanna Rowson’s Sincerity, the eighth text selected for the groundbreaking Just Teach One project. Please check out the contents under the “Current Issue” tab and find the full issue on Project Muse.

Dingbat tiny Legacy is proud to welcome Susan Tomlinson as our new editor in chief.

Dingbat tiny Issue 33, number 2 is now available.  This special issue on Recovering Alice Dunbar-Nelson for the Twenty-First Century, guest-edited by Katherine Adams, Caroline Gebhard, and Sandra A. Zagarell, is an exciting new contribution to the field. Please check out the contents under the “Current Issue” tab and find the full issue on Project Muse.

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