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Christine R. Cavalier ( received her PhD in 2011 from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Lynne Cooper Harvey Fellow in American Culture Studies. Focusing on Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, Pauline Johnson, Alice Callahan, and Zitkala-Ša, her dissertation, “Sentimental Ideology, Women’s Pedagogy, and American Indian Women’s Writing, 1815–1921,” explores both home schooling and institutional contexts for Native women’s often subversive appropriation of Anglo-American sentimental literature. She has taught most recently at the University of North Texas.

Mary Chapman ( is an Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She has published essays on American literature in American Literary History, American Quarterly, ATQ, Legacy, Studies in American Indian Literatures, Wide Angle, and other journals. Her coedited Treacherous Texts: U.S. Suffrage Literature, 1846–1946 (Rutgers University Press, 2011) recently won the Susan Koppelman Award for Best Edited Work in Feminist Studies. Her monograph, Making Noise, Making News: US Suffrage Print Culture and Modernism, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. This essay is drawn from her new project on the uncollected works of Edith Eaton/Sui Sin Far.

Nicole Gray ( is a graduate student at the University of Texas, Austin. Her dissertation, “Spirited Media: Promiscuous Materialities of Antebellum Reform,” examines the revisions and the multiple, multimedia presentations of texts generated within the contexts of abolition and spiritualism. She is an Assistant Editor at the online Walt Whitman Archive and is the author of an article published in Rhetoric Society Quarterly (Fall 2011) titled “Recording the Sounds of ‘Words that Burn’: Reproductions of Public Discourse in Abolitionist Journalism.”

Heidi M. Hanrahan ( is an Assistant Professor at Shepherd University, where she teaches American literature and composition. She earned her doctorate in pre-1900 American literature at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Her articles on nineteenth-century American literature have appeared in The New England Quarterly, Studies in American Humor, and the collection Narratives of Community: Women’s Short Story Sequences (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007). She also has an essay forthcoming in Poe Studies.

Lori Harrison-Kahan ( is a coeditor of the MELUS special issue “The Future of Jewish American Literary Studies” (Summer 2012) and author of The White Negress: Literature, Minstrelsy, and the Black-Jewish Imaginary (Rutgers University Press, 2011). Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Cinema Journal, MELUS, The James Joyce Quarterly, Jewish Social Studies, Legacy, Modern Fiction Studies, Modern Language Studies, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, and a number of edited collections. A recipient of the American Studies Association’s Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award for Independent Scholars and Contingent Faculty, she currently teaches in the English Department at Boston College.

Diane M. Hotten-Somers ( is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Humanities at Colby-Sawyer College and a recent graduate of Boston University’s doctoral program in American Studies. Her scholarly interests are ethnic and cultural studies, [End Page 182] modern drama, and composition, with specific areas of expertise in and publications on representations of the Irish and ethnic American experience on the stage and in American popular media. Currently she is revising her dissertation into a book titled Re-envisioning Stage Identities: Ethnicity and Cultural Nationalism in Irish and American Drama, 1899–1939 and writing a collection of non-fiction essays on motherhood and mothering in the twenty-first century.

Erin Hurt ( is an Assistant Professor of English at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of specialization include twentieth-century multi-ethnic American literature, US Latina/o literature, women and gender studies, and popular culture and public sphere theory. She is currently at work on a project that traces the development of the chica lit genre through the work of authors such as Belinda Acosta, Sofia Quintero, Michele Serros, and Lara Rios. Her scholarship has appeared in MELUS and Thirdspace.

Carolyn L. Karcher ( was Professor of English, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at Temple University, where she received the Great Teacher Award upon her retirement in 2002. She is the author of Shadow over...


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