American Literary Realism

Editor: Gary Scharnhorst


Current Volume: 56 (2023-2024)
Issued three times per year (Fall, Winter, and Spring)
ISSN: 0002-9823
eISSN: 1940-5103


For over fifty years, American Literary Realism has brought readers critical essays on American literature from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The whole panorama of great authors from this key transition period in American literary history, including Henry James, Edith Wharton, Mark Twain, and many others, is discussed in articles, book reviews, critical essays, bibliographies, documents, and notes on all related topics. Each issue is also a valuable bibliographic resource. Recent issues have included essays on Jack London and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.


The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL), America: History and Life, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Book Review Digest Plus (H.W. Wilson), Brepols, Current Abstracts, Dietrich's Index Philosophicus, EBSCO, Gale Academic OneFile, Gale Literature: Book Review Index, Gale OneFile: High School Edition, Humanities Abstracts (H.W. Wilson), Humanities Index (Online), Humanities International Complete, Humanities International Index, Humanities Source, Humanities Source Ultimate, IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur, InfoTrac Custom, Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes - und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur, MLA International Bibliography, OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson), OmniFile Full Text Select (H.W. Wilson), Periodicals Index Online, Personal Alert (E-mail), Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies, Scopus, TOC Premier, Web of Science


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Gary Scharnhorst
Department of English
Humanities 217
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1106
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Fax: (505) 277-5573

Henry B. Wonham

Editorial Board

  • Donna M. Campbell, Washington State University
  • Jeanne Campbell Reesman, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Hsuan Hsu, Concordia University, Montreal
  • Alan Gribben, Auburn University, Montgomery
  • Denise D. Knight, SUNY-Cortland
  • Tara Penry, Boise State University
  • Thomas Quirk, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Kenneth M. Roemer, University of Texas, Arlington

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Featured Articles

Lessons from the “City of Print”
Ayendy Bonifacio, Kelley Kreitz, Mark Noonan

Teaching Realism of Jim Crow America
Sherita L. Johnson

Keeping Queer Company in the Short Fiction of Alice French
Meg Gillette

The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Realism ed. by Keith Newlin (review)
Harold H. Kolb

Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and the Place of Culture by Julie Olin-Ammentorp (review)
Charles Johanningsmeier

Mark Twain's Lost “Burlesque Hamlet”
Gary Scharnhorst

Realism and Reconstruction: A Comparative Perspective
Cody Marrs

Sutton E. Griggs and Thomas R. Dixon: A Reconstruction Call and Response
Tim Bruno

Prophesying Citizenship in Edward A. Johnson's Light Ahead for the Negro
Annemarie Mott Ewing

Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt and the Double Time of Motherhood
Stephanie Burt

"The Black Princess" and Black Editors: The (Re)Making of Piatt's "Most Anthologized Poem"
Karin L. Hooks

Rebecca Harding Davis' Feminist Focus: Irony as the Best Available Means
Nanette Hilton

Newland Archer's Crisis of (Im)mobility: Gendered Routes of Travel in The Age of Innocence
Gary Totten

War Scenes in One of Ours and The Red Badge of Courage
Kim Vanderlaan

Performing Slavery and Freedom, 1875–1897: The Return of Henry Box Brown to North America
Martha J. Cutter

Isa Glenn's Heat Imperialist Meltdowns through a Cool Jamesian Lens
Veronica Makowsky

Corresponding Stories: Dreiser’s Red Typewriter in Russia, Ruth Epperson Kennell
Julia Mickenberg

Volumes: Charles Chesnutt and the Racial History of the Stenographic Imagination
Susanna Ashton

O. Henry’s Cosmopolitanism; or, the American Collideoscope
Marshall Brown

Edith Wharton’s “The Last Asset” and Decision-Making Under Uncertainty
John A. Weymark

The Custom of the Country: The Melodrama of Remarriage
Rex Butler

Ella Higginson, Pacific Northwest Indigeneity, and National Identity
Laura Laffrado

Telling the Story of the “Stranger People”: Archaeological Imaginaries and Indigenous Encounters in Mary Noailles Murfree's Regionalist Fiction
Myrto Drizou

Vegetal Variability: Gender, Regionalism, and the Spontaneous Movement of Plants
Patrick Morgan

Playing at Empire: Sexuality, Artistry, and Indian Play as Technologies of Colonization in The Song of the Lark
Mary Jessica Levan Lawrence

A Nation of Suburbans: Standardizing American Life, Language, and Literature
Adam Nemmers