Early American Literature

Edited by Katy Chiles - University of Tennessee, and Cassander Smith - University of Alabama


Frequency: Spring, Fall, and Winter

Latest Issue: Volume 58, Number 3

Size: 6" x 9", approx. 328 pages

Bibliographic Information: ISSN: Print 0012-8163; Digital 1534-147X


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Founded in 1965, Early American Literature is the official journal of the MLA’s Forum on Early American Literature. It is the only journal that focuses on the scholarship and criticism of American literature through the early national period. It typically includes articles, provocations and inventions, review essays, and many book, resource, and conference reviews. For more information, visit Early American Literature‘s website.

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Katy Chiles, associate professor of English at the University of Tennessee, teaches and writes about early American literary studies, African American and Native American literature, critical race theory, and print cultures. Her book, Transformable Race:  Surprising Metamorphoses in the Literatures of Early America, was published by Oxford University Press, and her work has appeared in PMLA, Early American Literature, American Literature, Race in American Literature and Culture (Cambridge UP, 2022), and African American Literature in Transition, Volume 1, 1750-1800 (Cambridge UP, 2022). She is currently working on another book project that examines race, collaboration, and print history in early American literature, which has been supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.

Cassander Smith is an associate professor of English and associate dean of academic affairs for the Honors College at the University of Alabama. Her teaching and research focus on early African American, American, and Caribbean literature, with a general focus on the early Black Atlantic. She is the author of Black Africans in the British Imagination: English Narratives of the early Atlantic (LSU Press, 2016) and Race and Respectability in an Early Black Atlantic (LSU Press 2023). Her current works in progress include a monograph, tentatively titled “Wasteful Bodies: Conservation, Preservation and the Transatlantic Slave Trade,” which examines sustainability rhetoric in the shaping of the transatlantic slave trade.

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Book Prize

Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Kelly Wisecup, Professor of English at Northwestern University, have been selected to receive the 2023 Early American Literature Book Prize, which is awarded in odd calendar years to a second or subsequent monograph published in the last two years, and in even years to a first monograph. Gruesz’s Cotton Mather’s Spanish Lessons: A Story of Language, Race, and Belonging in the Early Americas was published by Harvard University Press in 2022.  Kelly Wisecup’s Assembled for Use: Indigenous Compilation and the Archives of Early Native American Literatures was published by Yale University Press in 2021.

Open Access Article

Scholars specializing in early American literature have a duty to the public to raise awareness of how past events and beliefs impact our current lives–especially in the midst of a global pandemic and nationwide protests against systemic racism. This is why EAL has decided to provide Christopher Trigg’s essay, “The Racial Politics of Resurrection in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World”, open-access on their website. You can read the full article at the following link:

“The Racial Politics of Resurrection in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World,” by Christopher Trigg



Katy Chiles, University of Tennessee

Cassander Smith
University of Alabama

Book Review Editor

Emily Garcia
Northeastern Illinois University

Advisory Editor

Marion Rust, University of Kentucky

Assistant Editors

Lauren Santoru
University of Alabama

Maggie Warren
University of Tennessee

Digital Media Editor

Autumn Hall
University of Tennessee

Editorial Associate

Christi Stanforth

Editorial Assistant for Reviews

Timothy Garrison
Northeastern Illinois University

Editorial Board

Nicole Aljoe, Northeastern University
Wendy Bellion, University of Delaware
Yael Ben-zvi, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Lisa Brooks, Amherst College
Sarah Chinn, Hunter College, CUNY
Patrick Erben, University of West Georgia
Elizabeth Hewitt, Ohio State University
Zach Hutchins, Colorado State University
Greta LaFleur, Yale University
Rodrigo Lazo, University of California, Irvine
Cedrick May, University of Texas at Arlington
Andrew Newman, Stony Brook University
Joseph Rezek, Boston University
Gordon Sayre, University of Oregon
Derrick Spires, Cornell University
Rhondda Thomas, Clemson University
Karen Weyler, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Caroline Wigginton, University of Mississippi


Table of Contents

Volume 58, Number 3

Editor’s Note
Marion Rust


On Rip Van Winkle
David Capps


Notes on Black Ekphrasis
James Edward Ford

Olaudah Equiano and Freedom of the Scenes:
Embodied Performances in Equiano’s Interesting Narrative
Chinaza Amaeze Okoli

Stopping by Woods in Mashpee Territory:
Belonging in William Apess’s Indian Nullification
Lloyd Alimboyao Sy


Jicotencal (1826): The Author Revealed!
Introduction: A Key Text for the Early Americas
Carmen E. Lamas

Cayetano Lanuza, Jicotencal’s Author
MarĂ­a Helena Barrera-Agarwal

Lanuza, Mendía y Compañía and the Unfinished Work
of Spanish-Language Bibliography in the United States
Kirsten Silva Gruesz

Still Anonymous: Jicotencal and the Authority of Labor
Rodrigo Lazo

Review Essay

Religious Freedom and Unfreedom in Early America,
or, A Prehistory of Dobbs
Dawn Coleman

Book Reviews

Brad Bannon, Ralph Bauer, Kristina Bross,
Robynne Rogers Healey, Frank Kelderman,
Sofia Meadows-Muriel And Britt Rusert,
David Mislin, Catherine O’Donnell,
Ormond Seavey, Matthew E. Suazo, Mark Valeri

Resources for Early American Studies

Mary McAlpin, Gretchen Murphy

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