Stephanie Foote

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Chair, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and English

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Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and culture, environmental studies, historical materialism, cultural studies, queer studies, gender studies, print culture theory and history

Research Description

  • Stephanie Foote is Associate Professor of English and Genderand Women’s Studies. She is the author of Regional Fictions: Culture andIdentity in Nineteenth -Century American Literature (University ofWisconsin Press), the editor of two reprints of Ann Aldrich’s classic 1950slesbian pulps for the Feminist Press, and the co-editor of Histories of theDustheap (MIT Press, 2012). She is currently at work on several projectsthat bring together her interests in American Studies and environmentalism, includingone on the intersection of sustainability and the ideal of virtual homesteading in a digital age, and one on the rise of class as an identity in the late nineteenth century.   



  • Regional Fictions: Culture and Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. . Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 2001.

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Book Contributions

  • "“Geographic Fictions: Local Knowledge and the Place of Fiction,” ." Oxford History of U.S. Fiction, 1870-1940. . Ed. Priscilla Wald. New York: Oxford, 2013.

  • "“Women’s Regional Writing in the Twentieth Century,”." The Cambridge History of American Women’s Writing, . . Cambridge, MA: Cambridge, 2012.

  • "“Enviroblogging: Clearing Green Space in a Virtual World,” ." Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Culture, Social Justice. . Ed. Stephanie Foote. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2012.

  • "“The Cultural Work of American Regionalism.”." Blackwell’s Reader in Regional Literatures of the United States. . London: Blackwell, 2003. 23-40.

Edited Books

  • Mazzolini, Elizabeth, and Stephanie Foote. Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Culture, Social Justice. . Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2012.

  • Aldrich, Ann . We Walk Alone. . New York: Feminist Press, 2006.

  • Aldrich, Ann. We, Too, Must Love. . New York: Feminist Press, 2006.

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Journal Articles

  • LeMenager, Stephanie . ""The Sustainable Humanities"." PMLA 127.3 (2012): 572-578.
  • "“Amateur Hour: Beginning Again in the Lecture Hall.” ." Pedagogy 10.3 (2010): 457-470.
  • "“The Little Brothers of the Rich: Queer Families in the Late Nineteenth Century.” ." American Literature 79.4 (2007): 701-724. .
  • "“Henry James and the Parvenus: Reading Taste in The Spoils of Poynton.” ." The Henry James Review 27.1 (2006): 42-60. .
  • "“Deviant Classics: Pulps and the Making of Lesbian Print Culture.” ." Signs 39.1 (2005): 169-190.
  • "“Resentful Little Women: Class and Gender Feeling in Louisa May Alcott.” ." College Literature 32.1 (2005): 63-85. .
  • ""Ethnic Plotting: Henry Harland and the Jewish Writer." ." American Literature 75.1 (2003): 119-140..
  • "“Making Sport of Tonya: Class Desire and Social Punishment.” ." JSSI (2003): 3-17.
  • "Marvels of Memory: Citizenship and Ethnic Identity in Abraham Cahan's 'The Imported Bridegroom.'" ." MELUS 25.1 (2000): 33-53.
  • ""The Value of Regional Identity: Labor, Representation, and Authorship in Hamlin Garland." ." Studies in American Fiction 27.2 (1999): 159-182..
  • ""'I Feared to Find Myself a Foreigner': Revisiting the Region in Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs.” ." Arizona Quarterly 52.2 (1996): 37-61.