European Study Group of Nineteenth-Century American Literature

New Publication (2019): Neglected American Women Writers of the Long Nineteenth Century

Neglected American Women Writers of the Long Nineteenth Century, edited by Verena Laschinger and Sirpa Salenius, is a collection of essays that offer a fresh perspective and original analyses of texts by American women writers of the long nineteenth century. The essays, which are written both by European and American scholars, discuss fiction by marginalized authors including Yolanda DuBois (African American fairy tales), Laura E. Richards (children’s literature), Metta Fuller Victor (dime novels/ detective fiction), and other pioneering writers of science fiction, gothic tales, and life narratives. The works covered by this collection represent the rough and ragged realities that women and girls in the nineteenth century experienced; the writings focus on their education, family life, on girls as victims of class prejudice as well as sexual and racial violence, but they also portray girls and women as empowering agents, survivors, and leaders. They do so with a high-voltage creative charge. As progressive pioneers, who forayed into unknown literary terrain and experimented with a variety of genres, the neglected American women writers introduced in this collection themselves emerge as role models whose innovative contribution to nineteenth-century literature the essays celebrate. Publisher's Website

About the Study Group

The European Study Group of Nineteenth-Century American Literature was established at the 2006 conference of the European Association of American Studies (EAAS) in Cyprus by a group of European Americanists, among them Magdalena Zapedowska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland), Marie-Claude Perrin-Chenour (Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre-La Défense, France), Ralph Poole (Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria), Asuncion Lopez-Varela (Complutense University Madrid, Spain), Mariana Net (Romanian Academy, Romania), Ausra Paulauskiene (LCC International University Klaipeda, Lithuania), and Verena Laschinger (Erfurt University, Germany). The group has received enthusiastic support of academics from all over Europe. Participants from the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Austria and the US made the group’s annual sessions a great success. In the course of a three day long get-together the group usually focuses on lesser-known texts by American women writers of the nineteenth century, which thus far included works by Fanny Fern, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Phoebe Cary, Julia Ward Howe, Harriet Jacobs, and Edith Wharton. All meetings were moderated by leading US-scholars of 19th-century American literature (Marianne Noble, Cynthia Davis, Paula Bernat Bennett, Jeffrey Steele, Gary Williams, Farah Griffin, Daniel Walkowitz), whose expertise helped to make the touring project an arena for transnational scholarly exchange. The meetings, which allow both an informal and interactive exchange of ideas and a more formal lecture proceeding, provide an excellent opportunity for scholars specializing in 19th-century American literature to engage in a supportive and inspiring intellectual community, which constitutes a forum for the exchange of information and ideas leading to further research and publications in the area.

Impressions of Past Meetings

People in a room studying texts
Paris (2022)
Screenshot of an online meeting
Online Meeting (2021)
Rome (2019)
Salzburg (2018)
Istanbul (2008)
Erfurt (2015)
Florence (2012)
Bucharest (2013)

Past Study Group Meetings

  • Reading Mary Wilkins Freeman Anew: Race and Queer Ecologies with J. Samaine Lockwood, Université Paris Cité, Paris, France, September 30 - October 1, 2022.
  • Laura E. Richards, with Etti Gordon Ginzburg. Online Meeting, October 1, 2021.
  • Louisa May Alcott, with Martha Saxton. Centro Studi Americani, Rome, Italy, October 10-11, 2019.
  • Women Frontstage: Female Polemics and the American Revolution, with Marion Rust. University of Salzburg, Austria, September 13-14, 2018.
  • The Brownies' Book Magazine: Writing Race for Children, with Dianne Johnson-Feelings. University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland, September 21-22, 2017.
  • Harriet Prescott Spofford: From Romanticism to Realism, with Rita Bode. Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France. October 6-7, 2016. 
  • "EAAS’s European Study Group of Nineteenth-Century American Literature 10th Anniversary Panel.” EAAS Conference 2016, Constanta, Romania. April 22-25, 2016. 
  • Science, Suspects, and Surveillance in American Detective Fiction by Metta Fuller Victor and Anna Katharine Green. A Workshop on The Dead Letter (1866) and The Leavenworth Case (1878), with Laura Saltz. Universität Erfurt, Germany. September 3-4, 2015. 
  • Grace King of New Orleans: Beyond Local Color, with Melissa Walker Heidari. Université Lorraine, Metz, France. October 9-11, 2014.  
  • Edith Wharton’s New York, with Daniel Walkowitz, Iorgu Iordan - Al. Rosetti Institute of Linguistics Bucharest, Romania. September 19-20, 2013.  
  • Negotiating Identity: Womanhood, Race, and Slavery in the Nineteenth Century, with Farah Griffin, Museo di Storia Naturale, Florence, Italy. October 18-19, 2012.
  • Julia Ward Howe, The Hermaphrodite: Intersex-ions of Writing, Culture and Media, with Gary Williams, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain. November 4-5, 2010.
  • Margaret Fuller and Geographical Discontinuities, with Jeffrey Steele. Université de Paris Ouest- Nanterre-La Défense, Paris, France. October 9-10, 2009.
  • Humor in 19th Century Women’s Poetry: Phoebe Cary, Poems and Parodies, with Paula Bernat Bennett. Fatih University Istanbul, Turkey, May 16–17, 2008.
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wall-Paper," The Crux and Benigna Machiavelli, with Cynthia Davis. Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan, Poland, October 12-14, 2007. 
  • Fanny Fern, Ruth Hall, with Marianne Noble. Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan, Poland, October 06-08, 2006.