Books and Articles 2001-2005


Abeln, Paul. William Dean Howells and the Ends of Realism.New York: Routledge, 2005.

Claybaugh, Amanda. “The Autobiography of a Substitute: Trauma, History, Howells.” Yale Journal of Criticism: Interpretation in the Humanities 18.1 (2005): 45-65.

Davidson, Rob. The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells. Columbia, MO : U of Missouri P, 2005.

Devlin, Athena. Between Profits and Primitivism : Shaping White Middle-Class Masculinity in the United States, 1880-1917. Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory. New York: Routledge, 2005. PS374.M37 D488 2005. Chapter 3 contains an analysis of Howells’s 1903 story “His Apparition.”

Goodman, Susan, and Carl Dawson. William Dean Howells: A Writer’s Life. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

Marovitz, Sanford. “W. D. Howells: Realism, Morality, and Nostalgia.” Transatlantic Cultural Contexts: Essays in Honor of Eberhard Brüning. Ed. Hartmut Keil. Stauffenberg: Verlag, 2005. 9-20.

Petrie, Paul. Conscience and Purpose: Fiction and Social Consciousness in Howells, Jewett, Chesnutt, and Cather. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2005.

Sehulster, Patricia J. “The Unanswerable Woman Question in William Dean Howell’s a Hazard of New Fortunes.” American Transcendental Quarterly 19.2 (2005): 115-31.

Teorey, Matthew. “‘I Write Very Deliberately Indeed’: Four Uncollected Interviews with W. D. Howells.” American Literary Realism 37.2 (2005): 159-.

Travis, Jennifer. Wounded Hearts: Masculinity, Law, and Literature in American Culture. Chapel Hill, NC : U of North Carolina P, 2005.

Webb-Anderson, Aerie Frances. “The Finer Shades of Difference: Race, Class, and Grammar in the Nineteenth Century of Henry James, Edith Wharton, and William Dean Howells.” Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 66.6 (2005): 2221-22.


Adams, Amanda. “The Uses of Distinction: Matthew Arnold and American Literary Realism.” American Literary Realism 37.1 (2004): 37-49.

Baum, Rosalie Murphy. “Editha’s War: “How Glorious”.” War and Words: Horror and Heroism in the Literature of Warfare. Eds. Sara Munson Deats, Lagretta Tallent Lenker and Merry G. Perry. Lexington, MD: Lanham, 2004. 145-63.

Csicsila, Joseph, and Tom Quirk. Canons by Consensus: Critical Trends and American Literature Anthologies. Tuscaloosa, AL : U of Alabama P, 2004.

Daugherty, Sarah B. “A Hazard of New Fortunes: Howells and the Trial of Pragmatism.” American Literary Realism 36.2 (2004): 166-.

Davidson, Robert G. “The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism and Aesthetics of Henry James and William Dean Howells, 1859- 1897.” Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 64.7 (2004): 2490.

Evans, Brad. “Howellsian Chic: The Local Color of Cosmopolitanism.” Elh 71.3 (2004): 775-812.

Freeman, Elizabeth. “The Whole(Y) Family: Economies of Kinship in the Progressive Era.” American Literary History 16.4 (2004): 619-.

Griffin, Susan M. Anti-Catholicism and Nineteenth-Century Fiction. 141 Cambridge, England : Cambridge UP, 2004.

Inagaki, Shin’ichi. “Scientific Thought and Magic: Comparative Studies of the House of the Seven Gables and the Undiscovered Country.” Journal of the American Literature Society of Japan 3 (2004): 1-18.

Jarrett, Gene. “‘Entirely Black Verse from Him Would Succeed’: Minstrel Realism and William Dean Howells.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 59.4 (2004): 494-.

Karpinski, Joanne B. “When the Marriage of True Minds Admits Impediments: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and William Dean Howells.” Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Her Contempories: Literary and Intellectual Contexts. Eds. Cynthia J. Davis and Denise D. Knight. Studies in American Literary Realism and Naturalism. Tuscaloosa, AL:U of Alabama P, 2004. 17-31.

Malone, Clifton James. “The Hitherto Uncollected Critical Opinions of William Dean Howells, or, a Study of the Critical Dicta of Howells Appearing in the ‘Editor’s Study’ and ‘Editor’s Easy Chair’ of the ‘Harper’s Monthly Magazine’.” Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 64.11 (2004): 4051.

Rosenthal, Debra J. Race Mixture in Nineteenth-Century U.S. & Spanish American Fictions: Gender, Culture and Nation Building. Chapel Hill, NC : U of North Carolina P, 2004.

Williams, Daniel. “From Hay-on-Wye to the Haymarket Riots: William Dean Howells and Wales.” New Welsh Review: Wales’s Literary Magazine in English 64 (2004): 49-57.

Wonham, Henry B. Playing the Races: Ethnic Caricature and American Literary Realism. Oxford, England : Oxford UP, 2004.


Ashton, Susanna. Collaborators in Literary America, 1870-1920. New York: Palgrave, 2003.

Beck, Avent Childress. “Civil War Veterans in the Fiction of Samuel Clemens, William Dean Howells, Henry Adams, and Henry James.” Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 64.5 (2003): 1650.

Edwards, Justin D. “‘It Is the Race Instinct’!: Evolution, Eugenics, and Racial Ambiguity in William Dean Howells’s Fiction.” Evolution and Eugenics in American Literature and Culture, 1880-1940. Essays on Ideological Conflict and Complexity. Eds. Lois A. Cuddy and Claire M. Roche. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP–Associated UP, 2003. 59-72.

Freeman, Kimberly. “The ‘Enormous Fact’ of American Life: Divorce in W. D. Howells’ A Modern Instance.” American Literary Realism 36.1 (2003): 65-85.

Goodman, Susan. Civil Wars: American Novelists and Manners, 1880-1940. Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins UP, 2003.

Love, Glen A. Practical Ecocriticism : Literature, Biology, and the Environment. Under the Sign of Nature. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2003.

McMurray, Price. “‘Take the Thing at Its Worst!’: Realism and the Construction of Masculinity in Howells’s The Shadow of a Dream.” Conference of College Teachers of English Studies 68 (2003): 21-30.

Nerad, Julie Cary. “Slippery Language and False Dilemmas: The Passing Novels of Child, Howells, and Harper.” American Literature 75.4 (2003): 813-41.

Prettyman, Gib. “The Next Best Thing: Business and Commercial Inspiration in A Hazard of New Fortunes.” American Literary Realism 35.2 (Winter 2003): 95-119.

Renfroe, Alicia Mischa. “Life, Leases on the Future: Legal Discourse in Selected Works of Louisa May Alcott, William Dean Howells, Henry James and Edith Wharton.” Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 63.12 (2003): 4316.

Rennick, Andrew. “‘A Good War Story’: The Civil War, Substitution, and the Labor Crisis in Howells’ A Hazard of New Fortunes.” American Literary Realism 35.3 (2003): 247-.

Stretch, Cynthia. “Illusions of a Public, Locations of Conflict: Feeling Like Populace in William Dean Howells’s A Hazard of New Fortunes.” American Literary Realism 35.3 (2003): 233-.

Susina, Jan. “The Center of Centerburg: Robert Mccloskey’s Regionalist Image of Boyhood.” The Image of the Child. Ed. Sylvia Patterson Iskander. Battle Creek, MI:Children’s Lit. Assn.,1991, 279-86.

Yang, Seokwon. “Howells’s Realism Reconsidered: Representing the Unrepresentable in A Hazard of New Fortunes.” Journal of English Language and Literature/Yongo Yongmunhak 49.4 (2003): 845-70.

Thompson, Graham. Male Sexuality under Surveillance : The Office in American Literature. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2003.


Borus, Daniel H. “The Strange Career of American Bohemia.” American Literary History 14.2 (2002): 376-88.

Johnson, Laura K. “Courting Justice : Marriage, Law, and the American Novel, 1890-1925.” Diss., 2002.

Knoper, Randall. “American Literary Realism and Nervous ‘Reflexion’.” American Literature 74.4 (2002): 715-45.

Lanum George, C. “Setting the Hook of Realism : A Study of the Early Career of William Dean Howells.” 2002.

Ludwig, Sâami. Pragmatist Realism: The Cognitive Paradigm in American Realist Texts. Madison, WI: U of Wisconsin P, 2002.

Rubin, Lance Allen. “Remembering Is Hell”: William Dean Howells, Realism, and the American Memory Crisis. microform, 2002.

Schlesinger, Arthur, Jr. “Anguish of a New York Liberal.” New York Review of Books 49.2 (2002): 39-40.

Schweighauser, Philipp. “‘You Must Make Less Noise in Here, Mister Schouler’: Acoustic Profiling in American Realism.” Studies in American Fiction 30.1 (2002): 85-102.


Abeln, Paul Joseph. “William Dean Howells and the Ends of Realism.” Washington U, 2001.

Ashton, Susanna. “Veribly a Purple Cow: The Whole Family and the Collaborative Search for Coherence.” Studies in the Novel 33.1 (2001): 51-79.

Barrish, Phillip. American Literary Realism, Critical Theory, and Intellectual Prestige, 1880-1995. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Chapter One is called “William Dean Howells and the Roots of Realist Taste.”

Barton, John Cyril. “Howells’s Rhetoric of Realism: The Economy of Pain(T) and Social Complicity in the Rise of Silas of Lapham and the Minister’s Charge.” Studies in American Fiction 29.2 (2001): 159-87.

Daugherty, Sarah B. “‘The Home-Towners’: Howells the Critic Vs. Howells the Novelist.” American Literary Realism 34.1 (2001): 66-72.

Davis, Scott Christopher. “Telling Tales: Ideology and the American Observer, 1890-1896.” U of California Santa Barbara, 2001.

Engeman, Thomas S. “Religion and Politics the American way: The Exemplary William Dean Howells.” The Review of Politics, Notre Dame; Winter 2001; Vol. 63, Iss. 1; pg. 107, 22 pgs.

Handa, Sangeeta. Realism in American Fiction : Contribution of William Dean Howells. Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2001.

Howard, June, foreword. The Whole Family: A Novel by Twelve Authors. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2001.

Howard, June. Publishing the Family. New Americanists. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2001.

Ludwig, Sèami. “The Realist Trickster as Legba: Howells’s Capitalist Critique.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 34.1 (2001): 173-84.

Marovitz, Sanford E. “Melville among the Realists: W. B. Howells and the Writing of Billy Budd.” American Literary Realism 34.1 (2001): 29-46.

Prettyman, Gib. “The Serial Illustrations of A Hazard of New Fortunes.” Resources in American Literary Studies 27.2 (Fall 2001): 179-195.

Sorrentino, Paul. “A Re-Examination of the Relationship between Stephen Crane and W. D. Howells.” American Literary Realism 34.1 (2001): 47-65.

Stratman, Gregory J. Speaking for Howells : Charting the Dean’s Career through the Language of His Characters. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2001.

Witherow, Jean Ann. “Kate Chopin’s Contribution to Realism and Naturalism: Reconsiderations of W. D. Howells, Maupassant, and Flaubert.” Louisiana State U, 2001

Witschi, Nicolas. Traces of Gold: California’s Natural Resources and the Claim to Realism in Western American Literature (University of Alabama Press, 2001). Discusses Howells throughout, including his relationships with Harte and Twain and his influence on Austin and even Raymond Chandler. Chapter Three is called “‘Why, have you got the Atlantic Monthly out here?’ W. D. Howells, Realism, and the Idea of the American West”; it examines the extent to which Howells valued the American West as an indicator of things simple, natural, and honest.


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