American Literature, Volume II with NEW MyLiteratureLab -- Access Card Package

Series
Longman
Author
William E. Cain / Alice McDermott  
Publisher
Pearson Longman
Cover
Softcover
Edition
2
Language
English
Total pages
1500
Pub.-date
October 2014
ISBN13
9780134089904
ISBN
0134089901
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As part of the Penguin Academics series, American Literature offers a wide range of selections with minimal editorial apparatus at an affordable price

 

This new edition of American Literature presents an exciting opportunity for readers. In keeping with the first edition, we created a text that provides a wide variety of selections. You will find many of the pieces you would expect to see in an American literature text, and we have also taken some leaps and included selections that are just as read-worthy, yet perhaps not as well known. You will recognize the authors of these selections and once you read these works, you’ll understand why they were included. 

Features

·   Context and Responses.  Brief excerpts from related literary texts and historical documents have been

 added after selected primary texts. These materials allow students to engage in historically-informed close

 reading.  Specific topics include:

  o   an excerpt from Artemus Ward (His Travels) Among the Mormons, in which Ward—who had a lasting

influence on Mark Twain—details his often-comedic travels aboard a steamship heading West

  o   a sampling of poems by Dorothy Parker, who shared a penchant for sharp-tongued and satirical writing with

Ambrose Bierce

  o   a passage from Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano; or, Gustavus Vassa, the African,

Written by Himself, the first slave narrative to capture the world’s attention, contrasts with Booker T.

Washington’s narrative

  o   a collection of poetry of Lisel Muller, who was strongly influenced by Edna St. Vincent Millay’s work

  o   a selection entitled “The Chasm,” from Pío Baroja, a master of understatement whose work was avidly read

by Ernest Hemingway

  o   an excerpt from Member of the Wedding, a novel by Carson McCullers, whose career as a writer was

encouraged by her friend, Tennessee Williams 

  o   an excerpt from Herzog by Saul Bellow, predecessor to Philip Roth, who also considered life through the

lens of the middle-class Jewish protagonist

 

·   Galleries.  Four thematic clusters of excerpts from documents illustrate key trends in American social and literary history:

  o   The South Since Reconstruction

  o   American Writers and the Great Depression

  o   Post-Modernism

  o   American Sings the Blues: A Collection of Songs and Images

 

·   Images.  A rich selection of woodcuts, daguerreotypes, and photographs are keyed to individual texts and

 provide a visual frame of reference for readers. 

 

·   New Design.  In addition to providing readers with a wealth of new material, the second edition of American

 Literature has been completely redesigned with the student in mind: 

  o   Marginal space on every page provides a convenient place for readers to annotate the selections by jotting

down questions, ideas, and thoughts about the works they encounter.

  o   A larger trim size and a more open design allow for ease of reading. 

  o   A two-color format better displays key information, contributing to a more effective reading experience. 

New to this Edition

New Design.  In addition to providing readers with a wealth of new material, the second edition of American Literature has been completely redesigned with the student in mind: 

o  Marginal space on every page provides a convenient place for readers to annotate the selections by jotting down questions, ideas, and thoughts about the works they encounter.

  o   A larger trim size and a more open design allow for ease of reading. 

  o   A two-color format better displays key information, contributing to a more effective reading experience. 

 

Several new primary texts, including:

 o   an additional example of Native American oral tradition, the Akimel O’odham Story of the Creation as told by Thin Leather;

 o   excerpts from two important colonial texts, John Smith’s Generall Historie and John Winthrop’s Journal;

 o   Sarah Kemble Knight’s Private Journal, with its sarcastic and secular observations of colonial society;

 o   One of the first Native American autobiographies written in English, Samson Occom’s A Short Narrative of My Life;

 o   One of the first conversion narratives (with an embedded captivity narrative) by an African American preacher, John Marrant’s A Narrative of the Lord’s Wonderful Dealings with John Marrant, a Black;

 o   the historic Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World by the militant black abolitionist, David Walker;

 o   two examples of Lydia Maria Child’s magazine reform fiction, Chocorua’s Curse and Slavery’s Pleasant Homes;

 o   Nathaniel Hawthorne’s much-loved short story, “The Birth-Mark”;

 o   Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic story, “Ligeia”;

 o   Henry David Thoreau’s seminal environmentalist essay, “Walking”; and

 o   additional poems by Anne Bradstreet, Phillip Freneau, Phillis Wheatley, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Walt Whitman.

 

Table of Contents

Part One: American Literature at the End of the Nineteenth

   Century

To the Reader

 

Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) (1835-1910)

  Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

  Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses

 

  Context and Response: Artemus Ward, from Artemus Ward (His Travels) Among the Mormons

 

Bret Harte (1836-1902)

  The Outcasts of Poker Flat

 

W. D. Howells (1837-1920)

  Editha

 

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?)

  Chickamauga

  The Devil’s Dictionary: selections

 

  Context and Response: The poetry of Dorothy Parker

 

William James (1842-1910)

  Pragmatism

 

Henry James (1843-1916)

  The Pupil

 

Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908)

  The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story

Emma Lazarus (1849-1887)

  The New Colossus

 

Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909)

  A White Heron

 

Kate Chopin (1850-1904)

  Désirée’s Baby 

  The Storm

 

Mary E Wilkins Freeman (1852-1930)

  The Revolt of “Mother”

 

Booker T. Washington (1856?-1915).

  Up From Slavery: Chapter XIV. The Atlanta Exposition Address

 

  Context and Response: Olaudah Equiano, Excerpt from Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah

Equiano; or, Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself

  

Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932)

  The Sheriff’s Children

 

Hamlin Garland (1860-1940)

  Under the Lion’s Paw

 

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

  The Yellow Wall-paper

 

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

  The Other Two

 

Sui Sin Far (Edith Maude Eaton) (1865-1914) 

  Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian

 

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963).

  The Souls of Black Folk: Chapter III. Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others

 

Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945)

  Old Rogaum and His Theresa

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

  An Experiment in Misery

  An Episode of War

  War Is Kind

 

Jack London (1876-1916)

  To Build a Fire

 

Gallery 1: The South Since Reconstruction

Frederick Douglass: The Future of the Negro

George Washington Cable: The Freedman’s Case in Equity (excerpt)

Henry W. Grady: The New South (excerpt)

U.S. Supreme Court: Plessy v. Ferguson (excerpt)

Pauli Murray: Proud Shoes (excerpt)

Marion Post Wolcott, Entrance to a Movie House, Mississippi Delta

H. L. Mencken: The Sahara of the Bozart (excerpt)

Lizzie Woodworth Reese: A War Memory (1865)

Donald Davidson: A Mirror for Artists (excerpt)

Arthur Rothstein, Southern Movie Theater

 

 

 

Part Two: Modern American Literature

To the Reader

 

Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950)

  Lucinda Matlock

  Davis Matlock

 

Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

  Richard Cory

  Miniver Cheevy

  Eros Turannos

 

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

  Lift Every Voice and Sing

  O Black and Unknown Bards

  Image: James Weldon Johnson

 

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)  

  Sympathy

  We Wear the Mask

 

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

  Paul’s Case

 

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)

  The Gentle Lena

 

Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

  The Captured Goddess

  Venus Transiens

  Madonna of the Evening Flowers

  September, 1918

  New Heavens for Old

  The Taxi

 

Robert Frost (1874-1963)

  The Pasture

  Mending Wall

  Home Burial

  After Apple-Picking

  The Wood-Pile

  The Road Not Taken

  Birches

  “Out, Out–“

  Fire and Ice

  Nothing Gold Can Stay

  Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

  Desert Places

  Design

  Neither out Far nor in Deep

 

Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941)

  Winesburg, Ohio: Hands

  Image: Sherwood Anderson

 

Susan Glaspell (1876-1948)

  Trifles

 

Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)

  Chicago

 

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

  The Snow Man

  Sunday Morning

  Anecdote of the Jar

  Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

  The Death of a Soldier

  The Idea of Order at Key West

  Of Modern Poetry

  The Plain Sense of Things

 

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)

  The Young Housewife

  Portrait of a Lady

  Spring and All

  To Elsie

  The Red Wheelbarrow

  Death

  This Is Just to Say

  The Dance (“In Brueghel's great picture, The Kermess”)

  Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

 

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

  Portrait d’une Femme

  A Pact

  In a Station of the Metro

  The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter

  The Cantos: I (“And then went down to the ship”)

 

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) (1886-1961)

  Oread

  Leda

  Helen

 

Marianne Moore (1887-1972)

  Poetry

  A Grave

  To a Snail

 

John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974)

  Piazza Piece

 

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)

  The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

  The Waste Land

  Gerontion

  The Hollow Men

  Four Quartets: Burnt Norton

 

Eugene O’Neill (1888-1953)

  The Emperor Jones

 

Claude McKay (1889-1948)

  If We Must Die

  America

 

Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980)

  Flowering Judas

 

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)

  The Gilded Six-Bits

 

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

  Recuerdo

  I Think I Should Have Loved You Presently

  [I, being born a woman]

  Apostrophe to Man

  I Too beneath Your Moon, Almighty Sex

  Spring

  I Forgot for a Moment

 

Context and Response: The poetry of Lisel Mueller

 

Archibald Macleish (1892-1982)

  Ars Poetica

 

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

  General Review of the Sex Situation.

 

e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

  in Just--

  Buffalo Bill’s

  the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls.

  “next to of course god america I”

  if there are any heavens my mother will (all by herself) have

  somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond

  anyone lived in a pretty how town

 

Jean Toomer (1894-1967)

  Georgia Dusk

  Fern

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

  Babylon Revisited

 

Louise Bogan (1897-1970)

  Medusa

 

William Faulkner (1897-1962)

  That Evening Sun

 

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

  The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

 

  Context and Response: Pío Baroja, excerpt from The Chasm

 

Hart Crane (1899-1932)

  At Melville's Tomb

  Voyages: I (“Above the fresh ruffles of the surf”)

  III (“Infinite consanguinity it bears-”)

  V (“Meticulous, past midnight in clear rime”)

  The Bridge: Poem: To Brooklyn Bridge

 

Allen Tate (1899-1979)

  Ode to the Confederate Dead

 

Sterling A. Brown (1901-1989)

  He Was a Man

  Break of Day

  Bitter Fruit of the Tree

 

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

  The Negro Speaks of Rivers

  Mother to Son

  The Weary Blues

  The South

  Ruby Brown

  Let America Be America Again

  Poet to Patron

  Ballad of the Landlord

  Too Blue

  Theme for English B

  Poet to Bigot

  I, Too

 

Countee Cullen (1903-1946)

  Yet Do I Marvel

  Incident

 

Richard Wright (1908-1960)

  Long Black Song

  Image: Negro Tenant Farmer

 

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980)

  Effort at Speech Between Two People

  Poem

 

Gallery 2: American Writers and the Great Depression

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address (excerpt)

Mary Heaton Vorse, School for Bums (excerpt)

Anonymous, Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt

Robert Johnson, Cross Road Blues

Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again (excerpt)

Alfred Kazin, Starting Out in the Thirties (excerpt)

Agnes Smedley, China Fights Back (excerpt)

Kenneth Fearing, Devil’s Dream

John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (excerpt)

Dorothea Lange, Mexican Field Worker’s Home, California

Woody Guthrie, This Land Is Your Land

Dorothea Lange, The Mochida Family

 

 

 

Part Three: American Prose Since 1945

To the Reader

 

Eudora Welty (1909-2001)

  A Worn Path

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)

  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

 

  Context and Response: Carson McCullers, from The Member of the Wedding

 

John Cheever (1912-1982)

  The Sorrows of Gin

 

Ralph Ellison (1914-1994)

  Battle Royal

 

Grace Paley (1922-2007)

  The Loudest Voice

 

James Baldwin (1924-1987)

  Notes of a Native Son

 

Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964)

  Revelation

 

Toni Morrison (b. 1931)

  Recitatif

 

John Updike (1932-2009)

  Separating

 

Philip Roth (b. 1933)

  Defender of the Faith

 

  Context and Response: Saul Bellow, excerpt from Herzog

 

Amiri Baraka (b. 1934)

  Dutchman

 

Joyce Carol Oates (b. 1938)

  Where are you going, where have you been?

 

Raymond Carver (1938-1988)

  Cathedral

 

Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995)

  The Lesson

 

Terrance McNally (b. 1939)

  Andre’s Mother

 

Alice Walker (b. 1944)

  Everyday Use

 

Tim O’Brien (b. 1946)

  The Things They Carried

 

Mark Helprin (b. 1947)

  White Gardens

 

Leslie Marmon Silko (b. 1948)

  Lullaby

 

Edward P. Jones (b. 1951)

  Blindsided

 

Amy Tan (b. 1952)

  Two Kinds

 

Louise Erdrich (b. 1954)

  The Red Convertible

 

David Henry Hwang (b. 1957)

  The Sound of a Voice

 

Jhumpa Lahiri (b. 1967)

  Hell-Heaven

 

Gallery 3: Post-Modernism

Carl Andre, Equivalent VII; Frank Gehry, Walt Disney Concert Hall; Michael Heizer, Levitated Mass

Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism and the Consumer Society (excerpt)

Sherrie Levine, After Walker Evans: 4; Batman and the Joker; Madonna at Super Bowl XLVI

Jonathan Franzen, On Rainer Maria Rilke

Cindy Sherman, Untitled

Diane Williams, Human Being

Charles Bernstein, thinking i think i think

Mitch Stevens, OMG! I just got born!

Alan Kirby, The Death of Postmodernism and Beyond (excerpt)

Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup Cans; Mark Tansey, The Innocent Eye

Test; Jeff Koons, New Hoover Convertibles

 

Part Four: American Poetry Since World War II

To the Reader

 

Robert Penn Warren (1905—1989)

  Bearded Oaks

  Mortal Limit

 

Theodore Roethke (1908—1963)

  Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze

  My Papa’s Waltz

  The Waking

  Night Crow

  I Knew a Woman

  In a Dark Time

 

Charles Olson (1910—1970)

  Maximus, to Himself

    

Elizabeth Bishop (1911—1979)

  The Fish

  Sestina

  In the Waiting Room

  The Moose

  One Art

 

Robert Hayden (1913—1980)

  Homage to the Empress of the Blues

  Those Winter Sundays

  Frederick Douglass

 

William Stafford (1914-1993)

  Traveling Through the Dark

 

Randall Jarrell (1914—1965)  

  The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

  The Woman at the Washington Zoo

 

John Berryman (1914—1972)

  Dream Songs (excerpts)

  14 ("Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so")

  29 ("There sat down, once, a thing on Henry’s heart")

  40 ("I’m scared a lonely. Never see my son")

  45 ("He stared at ruin. Ruin stared straight back")

  385 ("My daughter’s heavier. Light leaves are flying")

 

Robert Lowell (1917—1977)

  Mr. Edwards and the Spider

  Memories of West Street and Lepke

  Skunk Hour

  Night Sweat

  For the Union Dead

 

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)

  We Real Cool

  Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919)

  Constantly Risking Absurdity

 

Robert Duncan (1919—1988)

  Often I Am Permitted to Return to a Meadow

  Interrupted Forms

 

Richard Wilbur (b. 1921)

  Years-End

  Love Calls Us to the Things of This World

 

James Dickey (1923-1997)

  Drowning with Others

  The Heaven of Animals

 

Mitsuye Yamada (b. 1923)

  To the Lady

 

Denise Levertov (1923-1997)

  In Mind

  September 1961

  What Were They Like

  Zeroing In

 

A. R. Ammons (1926-2001)

  Corsons Inlet

   

James Merrill (1926—1995)

  The Broken Home 

 

Robert Creeley (1926-2005)

  For Love

  The Messengers

 

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

  Howl

 

Frank O’Hara (1926—1966)

  To The Harbormaster

  The Day Lady Died

 

Galway Kinnell (b. 1927)

  The Porcupine

 

John Ashbery (b. 1927)

  Illustration

  The Lament Upon the Waters

 

W. S. Merwin (b. 1927)

  For the Anniversary of My Death

  For a Coming Extinction

  

James Wright (1927—1980)

  Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio

  To the Evening Star: Central Minnesota

  A Blessing

        

Philip Levine (b. 1928)

  Starlight

Anne Sexton (1928—1974)

  The Truth the Dead Know

  Sylvia’s Death

 

Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

  Storm Warnings

  Diving into the Wreck

 

Gary Snyder (b. 1930)

  Riprap

  August on Sourdough, A Visit from Dick Brewer

  Ripples on the Surface

 

Sylvia Plath (1932—1963)

  Morning Song

  Lady Lazarus

  Ariel

  Daddy

 

Linda Pastan  (b. 1932)

  Marks

 

Amiri Baraka (b. 1934)

  A Poem for Black Hearts

 

Mary Oliver (b. 1935)

  The Black Snake

  Hawk

 

Marge Piercy (b. 1936)

  A Work of Artifice

 

Lucille Clifton (1936-2010)

  In the inner city

 

Michael S. Harper (b. 1938)   

  Dear John, Dear Coltrane

  Martin’s Blues

  “Bird Lives”: Charles Parker in St. Louis

 

Frank Bidart (b. 1939)  

  Self-Portrait, 1969

 

Billy Collins (b. 1941)

  Sonnet

  The Names

 

Gloria Anzaldua (1942-2004)

  To live in the Borderlands means you

 

Joseph Bruchac III (b. 1942)

  Ellis Island

 

Sharon Olds (b. 1942)

  Rites of Passage

  The Victims

 

Dave Smith (b. 1942)

  Tide Pools

 

Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943)

  Nikki-Rosa

 

Louise Glück (b. 1943)

  The Drowned Children

  Gretel in Darkness

 

Kay Ryan (b. 1945) 

  A Certain Kind of Eden

  Home to Roost

 

Yusef Komunyakaa (b. 1947)

  Facing  It

 

C. D. Wright (b. 1949)

  Tours

  Personals

 

Jorie Graham (b. 1950)

  Sea-Blue Aubade

 

Joy Harjo (b. 1951)

  Call It Fear

  White Bear

  Eagle Poem

 

Andrew Hudgins (b. 1951)

  Death and Doom

 

Jimmy Santiago Baca (b. 1952)

  Cloudy Day

 

Rita Dove (b. 1952)

  Daystar

  Adolescence–I

  Adolescence–II

  Straw Hat

  Missing

 

Judith Ortiz Cofer (b. 1952)

  My Father in the Navy

 

Alberto Rios (b. 1952)

  Wet Camp

  Advice to a First Cousin

 

Mark Doty (b. 1953)

  Golden Retrievals

  At the Gym

 

Aurora Levins Morales (b. 1954)

  Child of the Americas

 

Lorna Dee Cervantes (b. 1954)

  Refugee Ship

  

Cathy Song (b. 1955)

  The White Porch

  Chinatown

  Heaven

 

Li-Young Lee (b. 1957)

  The Gift

  Mnemonic

  This Room and Everything in It

 

Martin Espada (b. 1957)

  Bully

 

Sherman Alexie (b. 1966)

  On the Amtrak from Boston to New York City

 

Gallery 4: Americas Sings the Blues: A Collection of Songs

Child with Tambourine Accompanying Guitarist, 1930s

W. C. Handy: St. Louis Blues

Bessie Smith: Thinking Blues

Robert Johnson: Walkin’ Blues

W.H. Auden: Funeral Blues

Johnny Cash: Folsom Prison Blues

Folsom State Prison, cell door, 1960s

Merle Haggard: Working Man Blues

Linda Pastan: Mini Blues

Allen Ginsberg: Father Death Blues

Charles Wright: Laguna Blues

Marilyn Chin: We Are Americans Now, We Live in the Tundra

Sherman Alexie: Reservation Blues

Indian photographing tourist photographing Indians, Crow Fair, Montana, 1991

Arrested Development: Tennessee

 

Chronology

Credits   

Index 

Map of the United States 

Author

William E. Cain is Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English at Wellesley College. Among his many publications is a monograph on American literary and cultural criticism, 1900-1945, in The Cambridge History of American Literature, Vol. 5 (2003). He is a co-editor of the Norton Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism (2nd ed., 2010), and, with Sylvan Barnet, he has co-authored a number of books on literature and composition. His recent publications include essays on Ralph Ellison, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Shakespeare, Edith Wharton, and the painter Mark Rothko.

 

Alice McDermott is the author of the forthcoming novel Someone and six previous novels, including After This; Child of My Heart; Charming Billy, winner of the 1998 National Book Award; and At Weddings and Wakes, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. McDermott lives with her family outside Washington, D.C.

 

Lance E. Newman is Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where he teaches Early American Literature, Environmental Literature, and Creative Writing. He has also worked as a river guide for more than two decades, leading rafting trips in Southeastern Utah and in Grand Canyon. He is the author of The Grand Canyon Reader (University of California Press, 2011) and Our Common Dwelling: Henry Thoreau, Transcendentalism, and the Class Politics of Nature (Palgrave, 2005). With Joel Pace and Chris Keonig-Woodyard, he co-edited Transatlantic Romanticism: An Anthology of British, American, and Canadian Literature, 1767-1867 (Longman, 2006). He co-produced the documentary film Canyonlands: Edward Abbey and the Great American Desert (2011) with Roderick Coover. Newman’s poems have appeared in many print and web magazines, and he is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Come Kanab (Dusi-e/chaps Kollectiv, 2007) and 3by3by3 (Beard of Bees, 2010), both available free on the Web.

 

Hilary E. Wyss is Hargis Professor of American Literature at Auburn University, where she teaches courses in early American literature, American studies, and Native American studies. She is the author of over a dozen articles and book chapters as well as three books, including English Letters and Indian Literacies: Reading, Writing, and New England Missionary Schools, 1750-1830 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012);  Early Native Literacies in New England: a Documentary and Critical Anthology (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008, co-edited with Kristina Bross); and Writing Indians: Literacy, Christianity, and Native Community in Early America (University of Massachusetts Press, 2000). She has won teaching awards at Auburn University as well as national research grants to support her work.  She has served on the editorial board of the journal Early American Literature and was most recently the President of the Society of Early Americanists.