Recommended Reading on Bad Girls and Rebels

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Selected Bibliography 2000-2005

Benstock, Shari, A Suzanne Ferriss, and Susanne Woods. Handbook of Literary Feminisms. NY: Oxford UP, 2002.

Boyd, Anne E. Writing for Immortality: Women and the Emergence of High Literary Culture in America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2004.

Entzminger, Betina. The Belle Gone Bad: White Southern Women Writers and the Dark Seductress. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 2002.

Foster, Gwendolyn A. Troping the Body: Gender, Etiquette, and Performance. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2000.

Herrera-Postlewate, Marisa. How and Why I Write: Redefining Hispanic Women's Writing and Experience. NY: Peter Lang, 2003.

Kafka, Phillipa. On the Outside Looking In(dian): Indian Women Writers at Home and Abroad. NY: Peter Lang, 2003.

Kang, Laura. Compositional Subjects: Enfiguring Asian/American Women. Durham: Duke UP, 2002.

Kent, Kathryn R. Making Girls into Women: American Women's Writing and the Rise of Lesbian Identity. Durham: Duke UP, 2003.

Paes de Barros, Deborah. Fast Cars and Bad Girls: Nomadic Subjects and Women's Road Stories. NY: Peter Lang, 2004.

Pagnattaro, Marisa A. In Defiance of the Law: From Anne Hutchinson to Toni Morrison. NY: Peter Lang, 2001.

Pernal, Mary. Explorations in Contemporary Feminist Literature: The Battle against Oppression for Writers of Color, Lesbian and Transgender Comunities. NY: Peter Lang, 2002.

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Anderson, Lisa M. Black Feminism in Contemporary Drama. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2007.

Blake, Debra J. Chicana Sexuality and Gender: Cultural Refiguring in Literature, Oral History, and Art. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2008.

Browder, Laura. Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in America. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 2006.

Browdy de Hernandez, Jennifer. African Women Writing Resistance: An Anthology of Contemporary Voices. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 2010.

Brown, Ruth N. Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward a Hip-Hop Feminist Pedagogy. NY: Peter Lang, 2009.

Clarke, Deborah. Driving Women: Fiction and Automobile Culture in Twentieth-Century America. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins UP, 2007.

Collins, Patricia H. From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism. Philadelphia, PA: Temple UP, 2006.

Contreras, Sheila M. Blood Lines: Myth, Indigenism, and Chicana/o Literature. Austin: U of Texas P, 2008.

Fulton, DoVeanna S. Speaking Power: Black Feminist Orality in Women's Narratives of Slavery. Albany: State U of New York P, 2006.

Henninger, Katherine. Ordering the Facade: Photography and Contemporary Southern Women's Writing. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 2007.

Hogg, Charlotte. From the Garden Club: Rural Women Writing Community. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2006.

Hong, Grace K. The Ruptures of American Capital: Women of Color Feminism and the Culture of Immigrant Labor. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2006.

Kelley, Mary. Learning to Stand & Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America's Republic. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, for Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2006.

Laffrado, Laura. Uncommon Women: Gender and Representation in Nineteenth-Century U. S. Women's Writing. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2009.

Lawrence, Deborah. Writing the Trail: Five Women's Frontier Narratives. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2006.

Lewis, Nghana T. Entitled to the Pedestal: Place, Race, and Progress in White Southern Women's Writing, 1920-1945. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2007.

Mix, Deborah M. A Vocabulary of Thinking: Gertrude Stein and Contemporary North American Women's Innovative Writing. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2007.

Neal, Lynn S. Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 2006.

Petty, Leslie. Romancing the Vote: Feminist Activism in American Fiction, 1870-1920. Athens: U of Georgia P, 2006.

Sempruch, Justyna. Fantasies of Gender and the Witch in Feminist Theory and Literature. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue UP, 2008.

Sharpley-Whiting, T. Pimps Up, Ho's Down: Hip Hop's Hold On Young Black Women. NY: New York UP, 2007.

Steadman, Jennifer B. Traveling Economies: American Women's Travel Writing. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2007.

Selected Bibliography 2011-Present

Bryant, Marsha. Women's Poetry and Popular Culture. NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Lavigne, Carlen. Cyberpunk Women, Feminism and Science Fiction: A Critical Study. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013.

Ritter, Kelly. To Know Her Own History: Writing at the Woman's College, 1943-1963. Pittsburgh, PA: U of Pittsburgh P, 2012.

Young, Patricia A. African American Women Playwrights Confront Violence: A Critical Study of Nine Dramatists. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2012.

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Compiled for C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists - An Online List

by Beth Sutton-Ramspeck
Associate Professor of English
The Ohio State University at Lima

(Note: the original list contained works of American and International authors; the list below contains only American works)


Louisa May Alcott, Behind the Mask

--- Little Women

Mathilde Blind,  Dramas in Miniature (Indiana Women Writers Project).

Dion Boucicault,  The Octoroon  

Lydia Maria Child, Hobomok; or, A Tale of Early Times

---. The Rebels; or, Boston before the Revolution

Kate Chopin, The Awakening

---. Her Letters by Kate Chopin

---. The Storm

Rebecca Harding Davis, Life in the Iron Mills

Sarah Emma Edmondson. Nurse and Spy in the Union Army

Fanny Fern, Ruth Hall or any number of short stories

Hannah Webster Foster, The Coquette

Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, "The Long Arm‚─¨

---. The Revolt of Mother

---. Two Friends

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, ‚─˙The Giant Wisteria‚─¨

---. An Unnatural Mother (1895)

---. "The Yellow Wallpaper"

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, "The Slave Mother" and "The Slave Mother, A Tale of the Ohio"

Pauline Hopkins,  Hagar's Daughter

---. "Talma Gordon"

---. Winona

Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Sarah Orne Jewett, "The White Heron"

Margaret Oliphant, ‚─˙A Story of a Wedding Tour‚─¨

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Doctor Zay

---. Old Mother Goose

---. The Story of Avis 

Sarah Piatt in Palace-Burner: The Selected Poetry of Sarah Piatt (ed. Paula Bernat Bennett, U of Illinois Press, 2005)

Elizabeth Robins, The Convert

Susanna Rowson,  Charlotte Temple

Jane Johnson Schoolcraft/Bamewawagezhikaquay.  poetry & short fiction

Catherine Maria Sedgewick. Hope Leslie 

E.D.E.N. Southworth, The Hidden Hand.

Harriet Prescott Spofford, "The Amber Gods."

---. "Her Story"

---. Mrs. Caxton's Skeleton

Elizabeth Stoddard's The Morgesons.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, My Wife and I

---.Uncle Tom‚─˘s Cabin

Lucy Terry,

Ruth D. Todd, The Octoroon's Revenge‚ (1902)

Wharton, The Custom of the Country

---. The House of Mirth

---.The Age of Innocence


Elizabeth Whittaker, "Robina Crusoe" (The Girl's Own Paper, 1882/83)

Fannie Barrier Williams, After Many Days: A Christmas Story‚ (1902)

Harriet Wilson, Our Nig

Constance Fenimore Woolson, "Felipa,"

Zitkala-Sa, American Indian Stories

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Sarah Pogson, "The Female Enthusiast"

Susanna Rowson, Slaves in Algiers (1794)


Belle Boyd, in Camp and Prison

Lydia Maria Child, Letters from New York

Anna Julia Cooper, excerpts from A Voice from the South: "The Higher Education of Woman" or "'Woman' Vs. 'The Indian'"

Fanny Fern, Fern Leaves

---. New York Ledger  1858 articles

---. "A Law More Nice Than Just"

---. "Tyrants of the Shop",

Margaret Fuller, excerpts from _Woman in the Nineteenth Century_ or _Summer on the Lakes, specifically the ‚─˙Mariana‚─¨ story.

Sarah and Angelina Grimke, any of their anti-slavery essays

Pauline Hopkins, in Dworkin's Daughter of the Revolution

Linton, "The Girl of the Pe

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, _A Declaration of Sentiments_

Sojourner Truth.  From "Book of Life," Beecher-Stowe's "The Lybian Sybil," and the chapters about the streetcar incidents.

Loreta Janeta V

Dr. Mary Walker Hit.

Ida B. Wells, Southern Horrors and The Red Record

Victoria Woodhull, ‚─˙And the truth shall make you free.‚─¨ A speech on the principles of social freedom, delivered in Steinway hall, Nov.20, 1871


A New Woman Reader, ed. Carolyn Nelson

Wayward Girls and Wicked Women,* ed. Angela Carter (short stories)

Women Who Did: Stories by Men and Women 1890 ‚─ý 1914, ed. Angelique Richardson

Nineteenth-Century  Stories by Women, ed. Glennis Stephenson (Broadview).

Victorian Women Poets: A New Annotated Anthology, ed. Virginia Blain

The Sound the Stars Make Rushing Through the Sky, ed. Robert Dale Parker. "Moowis, The Indian Coquette"

Secondary Reading

Abortion chapter in Rereading Sex by Helen L. Horowitz.

Cohen,  The Flash Press: Sporting Male Weeklies in 1840s New York

Kate Flint,  'The American Girl and the New Woman', Women's Writing  3 (1996): 217-29.

Gilbert and Gubar. The Madwoman in the Attic.

Logan, Deborah, Fallenness in Victorian Women‚─˘s Writing

---. "' An outstretched hand to the fallen': The Magdalen's Friend and the Victorian Reclamation Movement."  Part One: "More sinned against than sinning."  Victorian Periodicals Review 30 (Winter 1997): 368-87.

---."'An outstretched hand to the fallen': The Magdalen's Friend and the Victorian Reclamation Movement." Part Two: "'Go and sin no more."  Victorian Periodicals Review 31 (Summer 1998): 125-41.

Luc Sante, City of Eros  

Jo Stanley, ed. Bold in Her Breaches: Women Pirates across the Ages.

Lastly, Amelia Bloomer, of bloomers fame, and articles about her. I noticed a nineteenth century magazine called Sibyl had a poem about bloomers.

documentary film about Lydia Maria Child that emphasizes just how politically radical she was about everything. I don't think I'd call her "bad" but rather "badass." It's called Over the River, directed by Constance Jackson. I

Texts by Male Authors

Dreiser, Sister Carrie

Charles Foster, Bertha the Sewing Machine Girl 

Percy Hemingway (pseudo for Addleshaw) Out of Egypt; stories from the threshold of the East

Henry James, Daisy Miller

Ada Isaacs Menken, "Judith" (poem)

Edgar Allan Poe, Ligeia

Nathaniel Hill Wright, The Female Marine 

The Female Land Pirate; Or, Awful, Mysterious, and Horrible Disclosures of Amanda Bannorris, Wife and Accomplice of Richard Bannorris, a Leader in that Terrible Band of Robbers and Murderers, Known Far and Wide as the Murrell Men. Cincinnati, 1847.

The Startling Confessions of Eleanor Burton: A Thrilling Tragedy from Real Life Exhibiting a Dark Page in the Manners, Customs, and Crimes of the "Upper Ten" of New York City. Philadelphia: E.E. Barclay, 1852.


MLA Style Citation of this Web Page

Reuben, Paul P. "PAL: Appendix B: Women Studies." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. URL: (provide page date or date of your login). 

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