Secondary bibliography

American Dreamers, Winners, and Losers: Figuring Success in American Literature

Fordham University, Lincoln Center

Summer Session I, 2013

Selected Bibliography of Secondary Sources

The following is a list of secondary, scholarly readings on each of the major authors on our syllabus. Feel free to consult this list as you prepare your Sparking Overviews & Questions and your research papers. However, don’t feel limited by the list, and please be aware that the list is not exhaustive. Many more secondary sources are to be had through the library’s databases (especially ProQuest Research Library, Ebsco, MLA index, JSTOR, Project Muse) and the library shelves. Expert tip for finding sources: check out the works cited list of any excellent, recent scholarly book or journal article.

General resources on success, failure, and self-fashioning

Brown, Gillian. Domestic Individualism: Imagining Self in Nineteenth-Century

            America. Berkeley: U of California Press, 1990.

Castiglia, Christopher. Interior States: Institutional Consciousness and the Inner Life of

            Democracy in the Antebellum United States. Durham: Duke UP, 2008.

Castronovo, Russ. Fathering the Nation: American Geneologies of Slavery and

            Freedom. Berkeley: U of California P, 1995.

Gates Jr. Henry Louis. Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the ‘Racial Self.’ New York:

Oxford UP, 1987.

Howe, Daniel Walker. Making the American Self: Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln.

              2nd Edition. New York: Oxford UP, 2009 (excerpts in course packet)

Kimmel, Michael. Manhood in America. New York, NY, The Free Press, 1996.

(excerpts in course packet)

Romero, Lora. Home Front: Domesticity and its Critics in the Antebellum United States

Berkeley: University Press Books, 1997.

Sandage, Scott A. Born Losers: A History of Failure in America. Cambridge,

Massachusetts: Harvard UP, 2005. (excerpts in course packet)

Sundquist, Eric J. To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature,

Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press Of Harvard UP, 1993.

Author/text resources

Horatio Alger

Scharnhorst, Gary, and Jack Bales. The Lost Life of Horatio Alger, Jr. Bloomington:

Indiana UP, 1985.

—. “Scribbling Upward: Fitzgerald‘s Debt of Honor to Horatio Alger, Jr.”

Fitzgerald/Hemingway Annual 1978. Eds. Matthew J. Bruccoli and Richard Layman.

Detroit: Gale, 1979. 161-69. [available online via google]

Benjamin Franklin

Baker, Jennifer Jordan. “Franklin’s Autobiography and the Credibility of Personality.”

         Early American Literature 35.3 (2000): 274-293.

Howe, Daniel Walker. Making the American Self: Jonathan Edwards to Abraham

          Lincoln. 2nd Edition. New York: Oxford UP, 2009 (section on Franklin) (excerpts in

course packet).

Jehlen, Myra. “‘Imitate Jesus and Socrates’: The Making of a Good American,” in

          Readings at the Edge of Literature. Chicago: U Chicago P, 2002): 13-31.

Osburne, Jeff. “Benjamin Franklin and the Rhetoric of Virtuous Self-Fashioning in

Eighteenth-Century America.” Literature & History 17.2 (2008): 14-30.

Watkins, Floyd C. “Fitzgerald‘s Jay Gatz and Young Ben Franklin.” New England

         Quarterly 17 (1954): 249-52.

Other sources on Franklin are listed in the Library of Congress’s “Finding Franklin: A Resource Guide”: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/franklin/autobiography.html

Henry David Thoreau

Buell, Lawrence. “Downwardly Mobile for Conscience’s Sake: Voluntary Simplicity

from Thoreau to Lily Bart.” American Literary History 17.4 (2005): 653-65.

—. The Environmental Imagination (1995) [contains extensive discussion of Walden].

           The Cambridge Companion to Henry David Thoreau, ed. Joel Myerson.

Cambridge: Cambridge UP.

Mariotti, Sharon. Thoreau’s Democratic Withdrawal: Alienation, Participation, and

            Modernity, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010.

Petrulionis, Sandra Harbert and Laura Dassow Walls. More Day to Dawn:

              Thoreau’s “Walden” for the Twenty-first Century. Amherst & Boston, MA: U of

Massachusetts P, 2007.

Shanley, Lyndon J. The Making of Walden with the Text of the First Version, Chicago:

The U of Chicago P, 1957. [annotated version of Walden based on the first

versions of Thoreau’s manuscript].

Herman Melville

Bryant, John. Melville and Repose: The Rhetoric of Humor in the American

            Renaissance. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1993.

Dimock, Wei-chee. Empire for Liberty: Melville and the Poetics of Individualism.

            Princeton: Princeton UP, 1989.           

Jehlen, Myra. Herman Melville: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:

Prentice Hall, 1994.

Kelley, Wyn. Herman Melville: An Introduction. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2008.

Levine, Robert S. The Cambridge Companion to Herman Melville. Cambridge

UP, 1998.

—. and Samuel Otter. Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville: Essays in Relation.

            Chapel Hill, NC: U of North Carolina P, 2008.

Frederick Douglass

Levine, Robert S. Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative

            Identity. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997. Howe, Daniel

Lawson, Bill E. and Frank M. Kirkland, Frederick Douglass: A Critical Reader (1999).

Sundquist, Eric J. Frederick Douglass: New Literary and Historical Essays (1990).

Howe, Daniel Walker. Making the American Self: Jonathan Edwards to Abraham

Lincoln. 2nd Edition. New York: Oxford UP, 2009, pp. 136-137; 149-156 (sections on Douglass) [in course packet].

Harriet Jacobs

Larson, Jennifer. Renovating Domesticity in Ruth Hall, Incidents in the Life of a Slave

            Girl, and Our Nig.” Women’s Studies 39 (2009): 1-21 [excerpt in course packet]

Fleischer, Jennifer. Mastering Slavery: Memory, Family, and Identity in Women’s Slave

            Narratives, New York: New York University P, 1996.

Sanchez-Eppler, Karen. Touching Liberty: Abolition, Feminism, and the Politics of the

            Body, Berkeley: U of California P, 1993

Smith, Valerie. Self-Discovery and Authority in Afro-American Narrative, MA: Harvard

UP, 1987.

Zafar, Rafia and Deborah M. Farfield. “Harriet Jacobs and ‘Incidents in the Life of a

Slave Girl.’” Harriet Jacobs and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. New Critical

             Essays. Cambridge UP, Feb 23, 1996.

Fanny Fern

Berlant, Lauren. “The Female Woman: Fanny Fern and the Form of Sentiment. American

            Literary History, 3.3 (Autumn, 1991): 429-454.

Brown, Gillian. Domestic Individualism: Imagining Self in Nineteenth-Century

            America. Berkeley: U of California P, 1990.

Crane, Elana. “Shopping Sense: Fanny Fern and Jennie June on Consumer Culture in

the Nineteenth Century.” Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular

           Culture. Eds. Henry Jenkins, Tara McPherson and Jane Shattuc. Durham: Duke UP,

2002.

Harris, Jennifer. “Marketplace Transactions and Sentimental Currencies in Fanny Fern’s

“Ruth Hall.” American Transcendental Quarterly 20.1 (March 2006): 343–59.

Klimasmith, Betsy. At Home in the City: Urban Domesticity in American Literature and

            Culture, 1850-1930, 2005.

Larson, Jennifer. Renovating Domesticity in Ruth HallIncidents in the Life of a Slave

            Girl, and Our Nig.” Women’s Studies 39 (2009): 1-21 [in course packet]

Temple, Gale. “A Purchase on Goodness: Fanny Fern, Ruth Hall, and Fraught

Individualism.” Studies in American Fiction 31.2 (2003): 131-163.

Weyler, Karen A. “Literary Labors and Intellectual Prostitution: Fanny Fern’s Defense of

Working Women.” South Atlantic Review, 70.2 (Spring, 2005), 96-131.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Bewley, Marius. “Scott Fitzgerald‘s Criticism of America.” Sewanee Review 62 (1954):

223-46.

Bicknell, John. “The Waste Land of F. Scott Fitzgerald.” F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Collection of

            Criticism.Ed. Kenneth Eble. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1973. 67-80.

Scharnhorst, Gary. “Scribbling Upward: Fitzgerald‘s Debt of Honor to Horatio Alger,

Jr.” Fitzgerald/Hemingway Annual 1978. Eds. Matthew J. Bruccoli and Richard

Layman. Detroit: Gale, 1979. 161-69. [available online via google]

Bruccoli, Matthew Joseph. New Essays on The Great Gatsby, Cambridge: Cambridge

UP, 1985.

Bryer, Jackson R, et. al. F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Twenty-first Century, University

Alabama Press, 2003.

Curnutt, Kirk. A Historical Guide to F. Scott Fitzgerald, New York: Oxford UP, 2004.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby: A Literary Reference (2000).

Gross, Dalton and MaryJean Gross. Understanding The Great Gatsby: A Student

            Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents, Westport:

Greenwood, 1998.

Prigozy, Ruth, The Cambridge Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Cambridge ; New

York: Cambridge UP, 2002.

Watkins, Floyd C. “Fitzgerald‘s Jay Gatz and Young Ben Franklin.” New England

            Quarterly 17 (1954): 249-52.

Edith Wharton

Brazin, Nancy Topping. “The Destruction of Lily Bart: Capitalism, Christianity, and Male

Chauvinism.” Denver Quarterly 17.4 (1983): 97-108.

Bristol, Marie. “Life among the Ungentle Genteel: Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth

Revisited.” Western Humanities Review 16 (1962): 371-74.

Buell, Lawrence. “Downwardly Mobile for Conscience’s Sake: Voluntary Simplicity from

Thoreau to Lily Bart.” American Literary History 17.4 (2005): 653-65.

Duvall, J. Michael. “The Futile and the Dingy: Wasting and Being Wasted in The House of

              Mirth.” Studies in American Literary Realism and Naturalism (Salrn). Ed. Totten,

Gary. Tuscaloosa, AL: U of Alabama P, 2007.

Esch, Deborah. New Essays on The House of Mirth. American Novel (Amnov). Cambridge,

England: Cambridge UP, 2001.

Evans, Anne-Marie. “Public Space and Spectacle: Female Bodies and Consumerism in

Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth.” Spatial Practices: An Interdisciplinary Series

               in Cultural History, Geography and Literature. Eds. Gomez Reus, et al.

Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2008.

—. “Shopping for Survival: Conspicuous Consumerism in Edith Wharton’s The House of

              Mirth and Ellen Glasgow’s the Wheel of Life.”Edith Wharton Review 22.2 (2006):

9-15. Print.

Fetterley, Judith. “‘the Temptation to Be a Beautiful Object’: Double Standard and Double

Bind in The House of Mirth.” Studies in American Fiction 5 (1977): 199-211.

Gair, Christopher. “The Crumbling Structure of ‘Appearance’: Representation and

Authenticity in The House of Mirth and the Custom of the Country.”A Historical

              Guide to Edith Wharton. Ed. Singley, Carol J. Oxford, England: Oxford UP, 2003.

337.

Galbus, Julia A. “Edith Wharton’s Material Republic: The House of Mirth.” Edith

            Wharton Review 20.2 (2004): 1, 3-7.

Gillan, Jennifer. “Plotting Political Personhood: Literary Self-Making and Contract-

Breaking.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 35.3

(2002): 151-65.

Showalter, Elaine. “The Death of the Lady (Novelist): Wharton’s House of

             Mirth.” Representations 9 (Winter 1985): 133–49.

David Mamet

McDonough, Carla J. “David Mamet: The Search for Masculine Space.” Staging

             Masculinity in Contemporary American Drama. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1997.

71-102.

Quinn, M. L. “Anti-theatricality and American Ideology: Mamet’s Performative

Realism.” Realism and the American Dramatic Tradition. Ed. W. W. Demastes,

1996. 235-54.

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