Ivy Schweitzer

Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies

My fields of specialization are American literature, especially early American studies, women’s literature and culture, and feminist studies. I am completing a three-year NEH-funded scholarly digital edition, entitled The Occom Circle, a website of documents by and about Samson Occom, an 18th century Mohegan writer and activist. My next project will be a blog about one year in the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson.

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Most recent honor:  Modern Language Association Division for American Literature Before 1800 and Society of Early Americanists Lifetime Achievement Award, February 2013.

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646-2930/802 649-2947
217 Sanborn
HB 6032
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
B.A. State University of New York at Buffalo
M.A. Brandeis University
Ph.D. Brandeis University

Selected Publications

The Heath Anthology of American Literature. Gen. Ed. Paul Lauter. 4th, 5th, 6th editions, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008; editor of Volume A, Colonial Period to 1800. 7th edition, 2013.

“Samson Occom and the Brotherton Indians.” Oxford Bibliographies Online: American Literature. Ed. Jackson Bryer. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

“The Story of ‘Hannah P.’: Recovering Portnoy’s Sister.” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 31 (1 Fall 2012): 70-92.

“Haunted by Daffodils: Caribbean Women Writers and their Bogeymen.”  CLD: Comparative Literature at Dartmouth. 1 (2010): 57-74.

“The New Worlds and the Old: Transatlantic Politics of Conversion.” With Susan Castillo. A Companion to American Literature and Culture. Ed. Paul Lauter. Oxford: Blackwell, 2010,143-59.

"What's New in the 6th Edition: New Netherland, The Fourteenth Colony." Heath Anthology of American Literature website blog, Summer 2009.

"Reparative Telling of Male Narrators: Grace Paley Writing Social Change." Contemporary Women's Writing, 2009.

 “'My body/not to either state inclined': Early American Women Challenge Feminist Criticism,” Roundtable on “Feminist Interventions.” Early American Literature 44.2 (July 2009): 405-10.

Perfecting Friendship: Politics and Affiliation in Early American Literature, University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

"For Gloria Anzaldúa: Collecting America, Performing Friendship," PLMA: Publication of the Modern Language Association 121 (1 January) 2006: 285-91.

Companion to The Literatures of Colonial America: An Anthology (33 critical essays), co-edited with Susan Castillo. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2005.

The Work of Self-Representation:  Lyric Poetry in Colonial New England, University of North Carolina Press, 1991.

Ambition,” “Pont-Chauvet-d’Arc,” “Michelle,” “Awful Beauty,” and Interview. Solidus 3: Colby-Sawyer Literary Magazine, Spring 2013.

“Sweet Dreams,” “Baby Picture,” Bloodroot Literary Magazine 6: 2013: 73-74.

“Cail Bruich,” “Field of Vision,” Bloodroot Literary Magazine 5: 2012: 77-80.

“Caging the Tulips,” “Snow Day: February 14.” Birchsong: Poetry on Vermont. Blue Line Press, 2012.

 “Caging the Tulips,” “Snow Day: February 14.” Birchsong: Poetry on Vermont. Blue Line Press, 2012.

“That Day.” 2nd Prize, Bloodroot Literary Magazine Contest 4, 2011: 13-14. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

“Aubade,” “Caging the Tulips,” “Poets in Lust; or, What We Learned at the Frost Place.” Bloodroot Literary Magazine 4, 2011:135-140.

“Elegy for a Miniskirt (Suede, Fawn).” Honorable Mention, Bloodroot Literary Magazine Contest. 3, 2010: 21.

"Snow Day: February 14" and "Chuzpah of Naming." Bloodroot Literary Magazine 2, 2009: 47-49.


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Works in progress

American Impersonations: Revisiting Feminist Literary Strategies, in progress.

The Concise Heath Anthology of American Literature. Gen. Ed. Paul Lauter. 2 vol. edition forthcoming.

“Jo––She’s the Man! Recovering Little Women.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, forthcoming Fall 2013.

“Bringing in the Basil.” (poem) Glass Seed Annual, forthcoming.

“Annual Rite.” (poem) My Body, My Health. Eds. Jodie Lawston, Kit-Bacon Gressitt, forthcoming.

“Completing the Circle: Teaching Literature as Community-Based Learning.” Service Learning and Literary Studies. Eds. Laurie Grobman and Roberta Rosenberg. MLA Publications, forthcoming.

“Making Equals: Classical Philia and Women’s Transnational Friendship." Dissident Friendships: Imperialism, Feminism and the Possibility of Transnational Solidarities. Eds. Elora Halim Chowdhury and Liz Philipose, forthcoming.