First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. In Her Own Voice examines the literary history of women’s nonfiction writing through studies of individual writers, their works, and their careers. The essays in this collection consider the development of women’s public voices, relationships between women essayists and their editors and readers, and the fuzzy line that divides—or seems to divide—fiction from nonfiction. The book includes studies of some of the best known American women essayists, including Margaret Fuller, Lydia Maria Child, and Fanny Fern, and articles on women writers whose work has received very little attention, such as Gail Hamilton, Anna Julia Cooper, Ann Sophia Stephens, and Zitkala-Sa.
Introduction, Women Writers and the Assumption of Authority: The Atlantic Monthly, 1857-1898Conversation as Rhetoric in Margaret Fuller’s Woman in the Nineteenth Century "Thumping Against the Glittering Wall of Limitations": Lydia Maria Child’s "Letters from New York" "We Must Be about Our Father’s Business": Anna Julia Cooper and the In-Corporation of the Nineteenth-CenturyAfrican-American Woman Intellectual,"I Thought From the Way You Writ, That You Were a Great Six-Footer of a Woman": Gender and the Public Voice in Fanny Fern’s Newspaper Essays ,Excising the Text, Exorcising the Author: Margaret Fuller’s Summer on the Lakes, in 1843Literary Cross-Dressing in Old New York: Ann Sophia Stephens as Jonathan Slick, Gender and the Jeremiad: Gail Hamilton’s Antisuffrage Prophecy, The American Indian Story of Zitkala-Sa, Contributors' Notes