Storify of our #bookhour twitter chat on EUPHORIA by Lily King

During March’s #bookhour discussion Dr. Rachel Sykes, Alice Lilly, Sima Jalal Kamali, Maxine Davies and U.S. Studies Online co-editor Michelle Green debated to what extent Lily King’s Euphoria embraces and moves away from the historical fiction genre through the novel’s structure, context and narrator. Read more about the discussion in the storify published here. Continue reading

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

Beyond the Boundaries of Time and Text: Recovering Oral Traditions in American Women’s Writing

The penultimate post in the series, courtesy of SSAWW, is written by Corey Hickner-Johnson and examines the theme of recovery through three writers (Margaret Walker, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Kao Kalia Yang) who reclaim their own family and cultural stories and histories through fiction. 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

Imagining a Female President: Commander in Chief and the unfinished business of presidential fiction

In the sixth SHAW post Gregory Frame considers the recent fictional depiction of a female US president in Commander in Chief and asks whether this television series gives us clues as to why there has yet to be a woman elected into the Oval Office. 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

Book Review: Informal Ambassadors: American Women, Transatlantic Marriages, and Anglo-American Relations, 1865-1945 by Dana Cooper

The wave of American heiresses marrying British aristocrats in the late nineteenth century has often added colour to studies of Anglo-American relations and been subject to specialist scholarly enquiry (notably Montgomery’s ‘Gilded Prostitution’ (1989)). Where Montgomery was more concerned with the social and cultural impact of these marriages and their relationship to a changing British aristocracy, Cooper focuses on five of the most prominent of these women as non-traditional diplomatic agents operating at a key period in the development of the Anglo-American special relationship. Continue reading

The Lady Vanishes: American Women Writers and the Noir Canon

In the fifth SHAW post Stefania Ciocia revisits the noir canon. Dr Ciocia offers a new reading of the gender dynamics in classic films and texts. Continue reading