Seeking a Good Place:Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and Nineteenth-Century Utopian Discourse

Matthew Smalley

Fort Hays State University

Matthew Smalley is an assistant professor at Fort Hays State University, where he teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century American Literature. His book project is titled, Resistance and the Sermon: The Cultural Work of Literary Preaching from Emerson to Morrison. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Aethlon, MELUS, and LEAR. 


The subtitle of Francis Ellen Watkins Harper’s Iola Leroy, or The Shadows Upliftedimages a change in what the novel elsewhere refers to as “the social atmosphere.” Yet as Harper’s detailed depiction of... [ view full abstract ]


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