Early American Literature

Edited by Marion Rust, University of Kentucky


Frequency: Spring, Fall, and Winter

Latest Issue: Volume 58, Number 1

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

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


Founded in 1965, Early American Literature is the journal of the Division on American Literature to 1830 of the Modern Language Association. It is the only journal that focuses on the scholarship and criticism of American literature through the early national period. It typically includes six essays, an essay review or forum, and several book reviews. For more information, visit Early American Literature‘s website.

SEA_logoEarly American Literature has been adopted as the official publication of the Society of Early Americanists. Members receive a subscription to the journal as a benefit of membership. For more information, visit our membership page.

Marion Rust is Professor of English at the University of Kentucky.  She received her undergraduate degree in comparative literature from Harvard and her PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford. She has published two books about Susanna Rowson and numerous articles and essays on topics ranging from gender and the personal voice in early Americanist scholarship (American Literature and Legacy), to concepts of intellectual property in the early republic (Studies in American Fiction), to empire studies (Women of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire) and mass psychogenic illness (Common-Place).

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Book Prize

Lindsay DiCuirci, Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), has been selected to receive the 2020 Early American Literature Book Prize, which is awarded in even calendar years to a first monograph published in the prior two years, and in odd years to a second or subsequent book. DiCuirci’s Colonial Revivals: The Nineteenth-Century Lives of Early American Books was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2019.

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



Marion Rust, University of Kentucky

Co-Editor for Reviews

Katy Chiles, University of Tennessee

Advisory Editor

Sandra M. Gustafson, University of Notre Dame

Editorial Associate

Christi Stanforth

Assistant Editor

Alex Gergely

Digital Media Editor

Abigail Eplin

Editorial Assistant for Reviews

Henry Kirby

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 1

Editor’s Note
Marion Rust


Ishki, Mother, upon Leaving the Choctaw Homelands, 1831”

“Noble Savage Sees a Therapist”
LeAnne HoWe


Vergil in the “Wracke” and the “Comming to Virginia”: The Indictment and Rebirth of
Jamestown in William Strachey’s A True Reportory
Teresa Yates Scott

“The True Temper of It”: Combustibility and Emblematic Representation in Richard Ligon’s
True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados 
Andrea Knutson

Environmental Aesthetics and Environmental Justice in Jonathan Edwards’s Personal
Narrative and John Woolman’s Journal 
Jay David Miller

The “Awful Disclosures” of the West Indies: Nativist Genealogies
and Catholic Blackness in Leonora Sansay’s Secret History
Anamaria Seglie Clawson

“Is a Nation to Be Sold like the Skin of a Beaver!”: James Fenimore Cooper’s The Prairie
and the Dilemma of Countersovereignty
Andy Lindquist


“On the Death of Love Rotch,” a New Poem Attributed to Phillis Wheatley (Peters):
And a Second Speculative Attribution
Wendy Raphael Roberts

Review Essays

The Place of Maps in Early American History
Nathan Braccio

Science, Medicine, and Authority in the Early Modern Spanish Empire
Kathleen Kole de Peralta

Revolutionary Identities
Sean Michael Gallagher

Through the Lens of Slavery: A Look at Early America
Marie Jenkins Schwartz

Book Reviews

Jill Doerfler, Eve Eure, Elizabeth Fenton, Glenn Hendler, Whitney Martinko, Maria O’Malley, Joseph Rezek, Xiomara Santamarina, Jessica Stair, Teresa Toulouse, Travis A. Weisse

Resources for Early American Studies

Tamara Harvey

Conference Reviews

Christopher Allan Black, Mara Curechian, Alonzo Smith, Kaitlin Tonti

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