The New York Public Library has collected the nineteenth-century poetry, short stories, histories, narratives, novels, autobiographies, social criticism, and theology, as well as economic and philosophical treatises of African Americans and has made them available online.
NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) is an organization that publishes and provides access to digital research on the 19th century and serves as a peer-reviewing body for digital resources in this area.
Love and seduction are ageless themes, but the conventions which rule in every era reflect the cultural practices and sexual mores of the times. With the exception of a few underground publications, the written records of love and seduction in the popular fiction and the popular press of the nineteenth century were exclusively heterosexual and largely middle and upper class in their class representations.
The Walt Whitman Archive is an electronic research and teaching tool that makes America’s most influential poet, Walt Whitman's vast work easily and conveniently accessible to scholars, students, and to general readers. Besides digital copies of his works, one can view his personal letters as well.
American Literature in the 19th Century
America and the Black Body
Call Number: PS217.B55 A64 2009
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
This collection investigates the ways in which America, through its literary, scientific, social, and legal cultures, sought to "define" itself through the black body, and how these racial imaginings reveal the tenuous ties that connect American identity to these ideals.
The (Other) American Traditions
by Joyce W. Warren (Editor)
Call Number: PS147 .O85 1993
Publication Date: 1993-02-01
This title brings together for the first time in one place, essays on individual writers and traditions that begin to ask the harder questions. How do we talk about these writers once we get beyond the historical issues? How is their work related to their male counterparts? How is it similar: how is it different? Are differences related to gender or race or class? How has the selection of books in the literary canon (Melville, Hawthorne, Emerson, and James) led to a definition of the American tradition that was calculated to exclude women?
Making the "America of Art"
by Naomi Z. Sofer
Call Number: PS151 .S67 2005
Publication Date: 2005-02-01
Making the "America of Art" demonstrates that beginning in the 1850s, women writers challenged the terms of the Scottish Common Sense philosophy, which had made artistic endeavors acceptable in the new Republic by subordinating aesthetic motivation to moral and educational goals.
by Benjamin Lease
Call Number: PS159.G8 L44 1981
Publication Date: 1982-02-01
Between the years 1850 and 1855 there appeared, in rapid succession, five American books now universally recognised as classics: The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Walden and Leaves of Grass. This study seeks to clarify that extraordinary half-decade in the rise of American literature. In successive chapters Professor Lease analyses the British connections of ten American writers, from Washington Irving to Walt Whitman. He considers their struggle for cultural independence through their engagement with, reaction to and gradual acceptance by the established English world of letters. These Anglo-American encounters are a dramatic series of portraits that provide new perspectives for understanding the career, the quest for nationality and the imaginative world of each of these major contributors to the shaping of an American literature.
The American Renaissance
by Harold Bloom (Introduction by)
Call Number: PS211 .A8 2004
Publication Date: 2003-12-01
Ralph Waldo Emerson's transcendental writings influenced Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman, whose works are considered the cornerstones of the American literary movement. This title, The American Renaissance features a selection of critical essays analyzing the writers and works that defined the American Renaissance.
Poe, Fuller, and the Mesmeric Arts
by Bruce Mills
Call Number: PS217.M47 M55 2006
Publication Date: 2006-01-03
Examines how the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and Margaret Fuller draw from representations of and theories concerning animal magnetism, somnambulism, or hypnosis rendered in newspapers, literary and medical journals, pamphlets, and books, and also includes discussion of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Lydia Maria Child, and Walt Whitman.
by Ben Tarnoff
Call Number: PS285.S3 T37 2014
Publication Date: 2014-03-20
Traces the birth of modern America as reflected by the writings of Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Charles Warrant Stoddard, and Ina Coolbrith, placing their achievements and personal lives against a backdrop of the post-Gold Rush era in California.
by Susan Cheever
Call Number: PS255.C6 C48 2006
Publication Date: 2006-12-19
A portrait of five Concord, Massachusetts, writers whose works were at the center of mid-nineteenth-century American thought and literature evaluates their interconnected relationships, influence on each other's works, and complex beliefs.
Jump Jim Crow
by W. T. Lhamon
Call Number: PS509.N4 J86 2003
Publication Date: 2003-07-31
Beginning in the 1830s, the white actor Thomas D. Rice took to the stage as Jim Crow, and the ragged and charismatic trickster of black folklore entered--and forever transformed--American popular culture. Jump Jim Crow brings together the plays and songs performed in this guise and reveals how these texts code the complex use and abuse of blackness that has characterized American culture ever since Jim Crow's first appearance.
The Concord Quartet
by Samuel Agnew Schreiner; Samuel Agnew Schreiner; Samuel A. Schreiner
The Culture of Sentiment
by Shirley Samuels (Editor)
Call Number: PS217.S55 C85 1992
Publication Date: 1992-12-17
Leading scholars in nineteenth-century American culture re-examine the vexed subject of sentimentality. These essays draw upon a range of interdisciplinary approaches to situate sentimentality in terms of "women's culture" and issues of race, before and after the Civil War. Moving beyond the canonical debates about sentimentality, the collection makes visible the particular racial and gendered forms that define the aesthetics and politics of the American culture of sentiment.
At Home in the City
by Elizabeth Klimasmith; Betsy Klimasmith
Call Number: PS374.D57 K57 2005
Publication Date: 2005-11-04
Imaginatively juxtaposing literary criticism with a history of the built environment, Klimasmith examines urban domestic fiction alongside architectural, sociological, and photographic texts of the period, pairing important American novels with developments in urban domestic architecture. always more fluid and dynamic than traditional scholarship holds, her study allows us to witness the unfolding of modernity and to view the modernist subject at its very inception.
At Home in Nineteenth-Century America
by Amy Richter
Call Number: E161 .A8 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-23
Throughout the nineteenth century, home was celebrated as a moral force, domesticity moved freely into the worlds of politics and reform, and home and marketplace repeatedly remade each other. At Home in Nineteenth-Century America draws upon advice manuals, architectural designs, personal accounts, popular fiction, advertising images, and reform literature to revisit the variety of places Americans called home.