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Welcome to the Course Guide for ENGL 362: American Writers I    

This guide is a collaboration between the students, Dr. Engber, and your librarian, Melissa Mallon. The books, databases, journals, and web sites listed here will help you find scholarly articles, crticism, and more. Additionally, you will find several links to helpful resources on how to cite and construct a research paper. For additional resources, check out the library's English Research Guide.

Photo attribution: Thomas Eakins [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Feminism in 19th Century American Literature
Perceptions of Women in 19th Century American Literature
The Meaning of Nature in 19th Century American Literature
City Life in the 19th Century American Literature
19th Century American Women's Writing
Race relations in 19th Century American Literature
Industrialization and Modernization in 19th Century American Literature
The Transcendental movement and feminism
Role of science in 19th Century American Literature
Abolitionist Literature of the 19th Century
"Manifest Destiny" in 19th Century Literature

Articles or Journals
Angelella, Lisa. "The Meat of the Movement: Food and Feminism in Woolf." Literature Online: Lion. Woolf Studies Annual, 2011. Web. 10 Apr 2012. <>. This website was very helpful in giving me Feminism articles to choose from. The one I chose relates to Virginia Woolfe, who is the author of the subject of the article. It compares the treatment of eating in relationship to that of females. I find that highly interesting because the two can be compared in such a way, there could be no argument. There were two separate links for the same article, which is another reason I chose this one. It seemed more profound in a way. It takes the ideas of feminism and twists it and comapres to to something eating which intrigued me for the essay idea. The feministic views relate to class because of the Louisa May Alcott short stories we are assigned to read. -Cheyenne Miller

Schocket, Eric. ""Discovering some new race": Rebecca Harding Davis's "Life in the Iron Mills" and the Literary Emergence of Working-Class Whiteness."PMLA. 115.1 (2000): 46-59. Print. 
This article assesses the emerging practice of cross-class interaction in 19th century American literature. Schocket discusses the linguistic signifiers which distinguish Rebecca Harding Davis's iron mill workers from the story's upper class, educated characters, her intent being to "jar readers through an initial moment of misapprehension: instead of discovering black slaves, they find industrial laborers" who "[bear] similar marks of bondage and oppression." The article is keenly aware of Davis's consistent use of racial (and biblical) symbolism. - Matt Krehbiel

Brulatour, Meg. "Legacy of Transcendentalism: Religion and Philosophy."American Transcendentalism Web. Virginia Commonwealth University, 1999. Web. 10 Apr 2012. <>. This website analyzes what transcendentalism is and how authors in the nineteenth-century centered many writings on this topic. This website relates to our class because it has extensive information about Emerson, Thoreau, and other authors, as well as critics of transcendentalism. This is credible because it is a university website maintained by various people specializing specifically in nineteenth century literature. -Chelsea Williams

Mintz, Steve. Housework in the Late 19th Century America. Digital History. 2007. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.  This particular article on this website discusses in specific detail what exactly the domestic life of the American woman entailed.  This relates to our class because we have discussed the domestic life of the American woman on more than one occasion; however, we have not talked about what responsibilties exactly the domestic life of the 19th century consisted of.  This is a credible source because it is supported by the Department of History and the College of Education at the University of Houston.--Maggie Edwards

(Gibson, Robert A. "Slave Narratives: Black Autobiography in Nineteenth-Century America."  Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, 2012. Web. 10 April 2012. < >.)  Part of this website talks about the slave narratives and their importance in nineteenth-century america.  This articles talks about how these narratives are indeed reliable and factual.  This website is credible because it's from yale, and it has many books that are recommended (this website is intended for teachers, but it still has useful information).  - Kevin Bombardier

 "Walt Whitman." N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr 2012. <>.  Is a Website that tells of Walt Whitman's History. Also it in this website it tells about his completed works.

Lasseter, Janice. "The Censored and Uncensored Literary Lives of Life in the Iron-Mills." Special 20th Anniversary Double Issue . 20.1/2 (2003): 175-90. Print.
This article discusses the importance of a full-text understanding while reading Rebecca Harding Davis. The article takes a hard look at how and why characters and plot were censored throughout her work. It is related to our class in reference to Davis, feminism, and literary censorship. This article appeared in a published, peer-reviewed journal and is therefore credible. - Victoria Wynn

Emery, Allan Moore. ""Benito Cereno" and Manifest Destiny." Nineteenth-Century Fiction 39.1 (1984): 48-68. Web <>
This article discusses the politics behind Herman Melville's "Benito Cereno" - Melville's comments on slavery and his "serious engagement with Manifest Destiny" (Allan 49).  This article is helpful because it discusses the national, 19th centurey belief in Manifest Destiny in the context of a story we read in class.  The journal is published by the University of California Press and accessed through the WSU Libraries website. - Erin LeBegue

Newman, L. "Free Soil and the Abolitionist Forests of Frederick Douglass's "The Heroic Slave"" American Literature 81.1 (2009): 127-52. Print. I chose this article because it related to Frederick Douglass, an author we have studied, and the movement of abolitionism. This idea of a free soil movement ties in to a theme of self-reliance which is a promenant idea of transcendentalism. - Jake Mason