Studies in American Fiction

Studies in American Fiction We publish scholarly articles and reviews on a wide range of American fiction. From Pynchon to Brockden Brown, we cover it all! Visit us on Project Muse!

Founded thirty years ago at Northeastern University, Studies in American Fiction is a peer-reviewed journal now published by Johns Hopkins University Press and Project Muse. Co-edited by Fordham University and the CUNY Graduate Center, its editorial board includes Lawrence Buell, Shirley Samuels, and David Reynolds. It is the only academic journal devoted solely to American fiction. Studies in American Fiction publishes reviews and articles on a wide temporal range in American fiction: from neglected and rediscovered early U.S. writers (Susanna Rowson, Leonora Sansay, James Hall) to the emergent authors of the present day (Katherine Dunn, Ana Menéndez, Monique Truong, Toni Morrison). Expect its refereed articles to feature not only major canonical works by Charles Brockden Brown, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edith Wharton, and Thomas Pynchon, but scholarly analyses of contemporary Chicano literature and Harlem Renaissance fiction. Engendering conversations about forms of writing that do not succumb to traditional genres, SAF interrogates and redraws both generic and geographic boundaries. SAF is the only journal encompassing American literature from the North American colonial past to the United States' globalized present.

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In New England? Check out the New Bedford Whaling Museum! It is a great resource for historically-minded scholars and an amazing experience. Plus, you can still sign up to be a reader!

The Moby-Dick Marathon is Jan 6-8 this year! Experience the 21st annual reading of America’s most iconic novel, Moby-Dick. Come for the opening line, “Call me Ishmael,” and stay for 25 hours of action-packed adventure! Do you want to be a reader? Slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Signup begins in ONE WEEK at 12:01 a.m. on Tues. Nov 8 (that’s right….election day) A signup form will be live on the website at that time, OR email [email protected], or call 508-717-6851. NEW! 50 additional reading slots this year. Go to for signup and details.


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Project MUSE - “A False Phantom”: The Coastscape in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Pilot

We hope all of our East Coast readers are ready for the coming Nor'easter. Why not settle in for some sea fiction and look at the coast?

James Fenimore Cooper’s first sea novel, The Pilot (1824) begins not at sea but along the northeastern coast of Britain during the American Revolution. A group of field workers are gathered chatting along some coastal cliffs when they spot a schooner round a point very close to the shore. This was c…

Happy Birthday to Edgar Allan Poe! Did you know that the Bells in his eponymous poem are rumored to be the Fordham Unive...
The Bells | Academy of American Poets

Happy Birthday to Edgar Allan Poe! Did you know that the Bells in his eponymous poem are rumored to be the Fordham University church bells?

The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. For over three generations, the Academy has connected millions of people to great poetry through programs such as National Poetry Mont…

Project MUSE - The Archaeology of the Colonial—Un-earthing Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth

We hope all of our US-based followers had a good Thanksgiving break! If you are looking for some post-seasonal post-colonial reading check out Dr. Michael Wutz (Weber State University) article on Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth!

We need to stop assuming a one-to-one correspondence between the geographic origins of a text and its evolving radius of literary action. We need to stop thinking of national literatures as the linguistic equivalents of territorial maps.

Project MUSE - The Even Stranger Career of Jim Crow: Sin, Sex, and Segregation in Lillian...

Our Fall 2015 issue features a poignant and salient essay by Dr. Erik Bachman (UC Santa Cruz). Covering issues like segregation, obscenity laws, and power of labels, the essay is a powerful examination of Lillian Smith 'Strange Fruit' from a legal and historical perspective.

Over the last twenty-five years, the life’s work of the writer and civil rights activist Lillian Smith has proven to be a generative object of study for scholars of twentieth-century Southern literature and culture, particularly as these fields relate to ideology, liberalism, racial conversion narra…

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Herman Melville (Moby-Dick) died September 28, 1891: "In token of my admiration for his genius, this book is inscribed to Nathaniel Hawthorne."
O. Henry's spoof of Sherlock Holmes, in which a criminal seeks to be caught. "When you boast that within forty-eight hours after committing a murder you can run down and actually bring me face to face with the detective assigned to apprehend you, I must beg leave to express my doubts--remember, you are in New York."
Remembering Sinclair Lewis, who died today in 1951, first American to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930. His masterwork about small-town life is "Main Street"
Gothic, Ghost, Horror & Weird Library, online offerings by great authors who will lift your spirits for Halloween
Remembering Edgar Allan Poe, who died October 7, 1849 at 40. He defined American Gothic Literature and invented the detective genre
New Orleans founded August 25, 1718 by French colonists. Legacy of American authors inspired by the Big Easy include Kate Chopin, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Mark Twain
Nathaniel Hawthorne's gothic witch story set in a dark and evil forest, a fine example of Dark Romanticism
Only two of Edith Wharton's books are set in New England, "Summer" is lesser known than "Ethan Frome" but deals with the travails of a young girl's sexual awakening and her difficult choices