Round-up of our ‘Women in America’ blog series for Women’s History Month

Our “Women in America” blog series for Women’s History Month 2015 is now drawing to an end. We would like to thank the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) and the Society for the History of Women in the Americas (SHAW) who joined us in putting together this diverse and exciting blog series that ran for five weeks in total and included 16 posts. Here we have collected and summarised all of those posts. Continue reading

From Millinery to Missionary: The Compelling Contradictions of writer Fanny Forester

In the final post of SSAWW’s series, Sean Trainor explores the contradictions in the life and literature of nineteenth century writer Fanny Forester. Continue reading

Katherine Anne Porter: The Travel and Fiction of a “Roving Spirit”

Liz DePriest in the seventh post in SSAWW’s series trains our eyes on Katherine Ann Porter’s letters to explore the transnational influences apparent in her writing. Continue reading

American Women Writers and Wars on Foreign Soil—Part Two

In the second post by Shelli Homer and Brianne Jaquette they discuss the poetry and fiction of American Women Writers on war, and they include a bibliography of additional primary and secondary resources. Continue reading

American Women Writers and Wars on Foreign Soil—Part One

Shelli Homer and Brianne Jaquette in the fifth and sixth posts of SSAWW’s series introduce readers to American women that write about war. Part one overviews the topic and discusses nonfiction writing. Part two turns to poetry and fiction and includes a bibliography of additional primary and secondary resources. Continue reading

How Nineteenth-Century White American Women Writers Have Facilitated the Rise of Christian Feminism

Rachel Griffis, in the fourth post of SSAWW’s series, connects white nineteenth-century American women writers with contemporary white Christian feminism. Continue reading

Belle, Books, and Ballot: The Life and Writing of Nineteenth Century Reformer Lillie Devereux Blake (1833-1913)

Ana Stevenson, author of the third post in the SSAWW series, focuses on the lesser-known author and activist Lillie Devereux Blake to introduce her life and work as an exemplary, albeit largely forgotten, nineteenth-century reformer. Continue reading

White American Women in Paris and the Life of Literary Modernism

In the second post of SSAWW’s series, Bethany Mannon explores how three lesser known white American women writers (Janet Flanner, Sylvia Beach and Kay Boyle) go beyond the “‘expected’ subjects of women’s autobiography.” Continue reading

(In)Visibility, Race and Ethnicity in American Women’s Writing throughout the Twentieth Century

This blog series focused on American women writers, a partnership between The Society for the Study of American Women Writers and U.S. Studies Online, explores the field through several lenses that range from recovery to religion and from war to transnationalism. Leah Milne opens the series with a post about how ethnic American women writers tackle the idea and status of invisibility. Continue reading