Chapter 2: Early American Literature 1700-1800

Hannah Webster Foster

Paul P. Reuben
  October 15, 2016

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Primary Works

The Coquette; or The History of Eliza Wharton. A Novel Founded on Fact, 1797 (hugely successful, this sentimental novel was published by "A Lady of Massachusetts;" Foster's name first appears in the 1866 reprint); The Boarding School; or, Lessons of a Preceptress to her Pupils, 1798.

Selected Bibliography 1980-Present

Fleischmann, Fritz. "Concealed Lessons: Foster's Coquette and Brockden Brown's 'Lesson on Concealment.'" in Schmidt, Klaus H. and Fritz Fleischma. eds. Early America Re-Explored: New Readings in Colonial, Early National, and Antebellum Culture. NY: Peter Lang, 2000. 

Fluck, Winfried. "Reading Early American Fiction." in Castillo, Susan, and Ivy Schweitzer. eds. A Companion to the Literatures of Colonial America. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.

Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll and Wai Chee Dimock. "Domesticating Virtue: Coquettes and Revolutionaries in Young America." in Elliott, Michael A. and Claudia Stokes. eds. American Literary Studies: A Methodological Reader. NY: New York UP, 2003.

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