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A Guide to Research: Louisa May Alcott

 

Advanced researchers may find this guide most helpful, but scholars at many levels may find particular sections useful.
In addition to a listing of primary works, this guide offers citations for secondary sources including critical essays, bibliographies, biographies, dissertations, theses and web sites covering Alcott's life and works. Secondary sources intended for children have been excluded.

Primary Works


(Note: links are to various online versions of the texts. They are not archived locally and may be moved without warning. If the link is not functioning, you may want to try searching the name of the story in a search engine; www.google.com is one of the best.)
This listing includes a chronological listing of her major works, plus details about collections and anthologies of her works.

 

The Inheritance. 1849. Unpublished until 1997 (Eds. Joel Myerson and Daniel Shealy. New York: Dutton, 1997).

Flower Fables. 1854. (Reprinted in Louisa May Alcott's Fairy Tales and Fantasy Stories. Ed. Daniel Shealy. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1992.) http://www.inform.umd.edu/EdRes/ReadingRoom/Fiction/Alcott/FlowerFables/

Hospital Sketches. 1863. Reprinted in Civil War Nursing (New York: Garland, 1984). http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs.cmu.edu/user/mmbt/www/women/alcott/sketches/sketches.html

Moods. 1864.

On Picket Duty and Other Tales. 1864.

A Long Fatal Love Chase. 1866. Unpublished until 1995 (Ed. Kent Bicknell. New York: Random House, 1995).

Morning-Glories, and Other Stories. 1867. (Reprinted in Louisa May Alcott's Fairy Tales and Fantasy Stories. Ed. Daniel Shealy. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1992.)

Will's Wonder Book. 1868. Published in Merry's Museum, April-November 1868. Reprinted as Louisa's Wonder Book (1975).

Little Women, or Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. 1868. http://xroads.virginia.edu/~hyper/ALCOTT/LWTEXT.html

Good Wives. (Part Two of Little Women.) 1869. http://www.bibliomania.com/Fiction/alcott/GoodWives/index.html

An Old-Fashioned Girl. 1870. http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/user/mmbt/www/women/alcott/girl/girl.html

Little Men: Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys. 1870. http://www.digital.library.upenn.edu/women/alcott/men/men.html

My Boys. (Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag Series) 1872.

Shawl Straps. (Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag Series) 1872.

Work, A Story of Experience. 1873.

"Transcendental Wild Oats, A Chapter from an Unwritten Romance." 1873. Published in Independent, 18 December 1873. (Reprinted in Alternative Alcott. Ed. Elaine Showalter. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1988.) http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/transweb/wildoats.htm

"How I Went Out to Service." 1874. Published in Independent, 4 June 1874. (Reprinted in Alternative Alcott. Ed. Elaine Showalter. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1988.)

Cupid and Chow-Chow. (Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag Series) 1874. (Reprinted in Louisa May Alcott's Fairy Tales and Fantasy Stories. Ed. Daniel Shealy. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1992.)

Eight Cousins, or the Aunt Hill. 1875.

Rose in Bloom: A Sequel to Eight Cousins. 1876. <http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/user/mmbt/www/women/alcott/rose/rose.html>

Silver Pitchers, and Independence, A Centennial Love Story. 1876.

A Modern Mephistopheles. 1877. Originally published anonymously.

Under the Lilacs. 1878.

My Girls. (Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag Series) 1878.

Jimmy's Cruise in the Pinafore. (Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag Series) 1879. (Reprinted in Louisa May Alcott's Fairy Tales and Fantasy Stories. Ed. Daniel Shealy. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1992.)

Diana and Persis. 1879. Unfinished; existing chapters published in 1978 (Ed. Sarah Elbert. New York: Arno Press, 1978.) (Reprinted in Alternative Alcott. Ed. Elaine Showalter. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1988.)

Jack and Jill: A Village Story. 1881.

Proverb Stories. 1882.

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving. (Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag Series) 1882. (Reprinted in Louisa May Alcott's Fairy Tales and Fantasy Stories. Ed. Daniel Shealy. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1992.)

Spinning Wheel Stories. 1884.

Jo's Boys and How They Turned Out: A Sequel to Little Men. 1886.

A Christmas Dream. (Lulu's Library Series). 1886. (Reprinted in Louisa May Alcott's Fairy Tales and Fantasy Stories. Ed. Daniel Shealy. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1992.)

The Frost King (Lulu's Library Series). 1887. (Reprinted in Louisa May Alcott's Fairy Tales and Fantasy Stories. Ed. Daniel Shealy. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1992.)

A Garland for Girls. 1888.

Recollections. (Lulu's Library Series). 1889.

Comic Tragedies. 1893.

Louisa May Alcott also wrote a number of "thrillers" and "potboilers," stories of suspense, intrigue and melodrama. A few were published under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard, but most were published anonymously in serials, such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine, and Frank Leslie's Chimney Corner. The discovered thrillers are available in various volumes, beginning with Madeleine Stern's Behind a Mask (1975).

These stories may surprise those who only know Alcott as a children's writer. Proof of their continuing appeal is that two of these stories were recently anthologized: "Pauline's Passion and Punishment" in Kate Saunders' Revenge (Faber & Faber, 1991) and "A Double Tragedy: An Actor's Story" in Michelle Slung's Murder and Other Acts of Literature (St. Martins, 1997).

Behind a Mask: The Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Madeleine Stern. New York: Morrow, 1975. [Reprinted with Plots and Counterparts (below) as The Hidden Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Madeleine Stern. New York: Avenal, 1984.]

Contents:

"Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power." 1866.

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new?id=AlcBehi&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&tag=public

"The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation." 1867.

"Pauline's Passion and Punishment." 1863.

"The Mysterious Key and What It Opened." 1867. (Published as L.M. Alcott.) http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/user/mmbt/www/women/alcott/key/key.html

Plots and Counterparts: More Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Madeleine Stern. New York: Morrow, 1976. [Reprinted with Behind a Mask (above) as The Hidden Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Madeleine Stern. New York: Avenal, 1984.]

Contents:

"V.V., or Plots and Counterplots." 1865.

"A Marble Woman, or the Mysterious Model." 1865.

"The Skeleton in the Closet." 1867.

"Perilous Play." 1869. [http://nepenthes.lycaeum.org/Ludlow/Texts/perilous.html]

A Double Life: Newly Discovered Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Madeleine Stern. Boston: Little, Brown, 1988.

Contents:

"A Pair of Eyes, or Modern Magic." 1863.

"The Fate of the Forrests." 1863.

"Double Tragedy. An Actor's Story." 1865.

"Ariel. A Legend of the Lighthouse." 1865.

"Taming a Tartar." 1867.

Freaks of Genius: Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott. Eds. Daniel Shealy, Madeleine Stern and Joel Myerson. Westport: Greenwood, 1991.

Contents:

"A Nurse's Story." 1866.

"The Freak of a Genius." 1866.

"La Jeune, or Actress and Woman." 1868.

"The Romance of a Bouquet." 1868.

"A Laugh and a Look." 1868.

"Mrs. Vane's Charade." 1869.

From Jo March's Attic: Stories of Intrigue and Suspense. Eds. Madeleine Stern and Daniel Shealy. Boston: Northeastern UP, 1993. (Reprinted as The Lost Stories of Louisa May Alcott. Eds. Madeleine Stern and Daniel Shealy. Secaucus: Carol Publishing, 1995.)

Contents:

"Dr. Dorn's Revenge." 1868.

"The Countess Varazoff." 1868.

"Fatal Follies." 1868.

"Fate in a Fan." 1869.

"Which Wins?" 1869.

"Honor's Fortune." 1869.

"My Mysterious Mademoiselle." 1869.

"Betrayed by a Buckle." 1870.

"La Belle Bayadere." 1870.

A Whisper in the Dark: Twelve Thrilling Tales. Ed. Stefan Dziemianowicz. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1996.

Contents:

A Modern Mephistopheles, seven other stories found in the five volumes (co-)edited by Stern, and four newly collected stories, listed below.

"Marion Earle, or, Only an Actress!" 1858.

"Love and Self-Love." 1860.

"A Whisper in the Dark." 1863.

"Enigmas." 1864.

Modern Magic: Five Stories by Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Madeleine Stern. New York: Modern Library, 1995.

Includes five stories from the five major collections Stern has (co-)edited.

Louisa May Alcott Unmasked: Collected Thrillers. Ed. Madeleine Stern. Boston: Northeastern UP, 1995.

Includes 29 stories from the five major collections Stern has (co-)edited.

Other collections of Louisa May Alcott's writings include:

Louisa May Alcott: Selected Fiction. Eds. Daniel Shealy, Madeleine B. Stern and Joel Myerson. Boston: Little, Brown, 1990.

37 stories and excerpts from novels; includes two of the "thrillers" that did not appear in any of the collections above: "Hope's Debut" and "Thrice Tempted."

Louisa May Alcott on Race, Sex and Slavery. Ed. Sarah Elbert. Boston: Northeastern UP, 1997.

Includes :"M.L.," "Nelly's Hospital," "Colored Soldiers' Letters," "An Hour," and "My Contraband." Also includes an introductory essay by Elbert and a historical document from the United States Sanitary Commission Report .

Alternative Alcott. Ed. Elaine Showalter. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1988.

Includes eleven selections, including stories, chapters from novels, and essays.

Louisa May Alcott's Fairy Tales and Fantasy Stories. Ed. Daniel Shealy. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1992.

Reprints all of Alcott's fantasy and fairy tales, such as those in Flower Fables and other collections.

The Poems of Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Robert S. Nelsen. New York: Ironweed, 2000.

Journals and Letters

The Journals of Louisa May Alcott. Eds. Joel Myerson, Daniel Shealy and Madeleine Stern. Boston: Little, Brown, 1989.

The Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott. Eds. Joel Myerson, Daniel Shealy and Madeleine Stern. Boston: Little, Brown, 1987.

Cheney, Edna. Louisa May Alcott: Life, Letters and Journals. 1889. Boston: Little Brown, 1928.

Louisa May Alcott: Her Girlhood Diary. Ed. Cary Ryan. Mahwah, NJ: Bridgewater Books, 1993. (NB: Marketed toward young readers but does contain excerpts from Louisa's diaries, written between ages eleven and thirteen.)

Bibliographies

Gulliver, Lucile. Louisa May Alcott: A Bibliography. 1932. New York: Burt Franklin, 1960, 1972. [Includes Braille editions and translations. Given its date, this also has valuable information about first editions of Alcott's works.]

MacDonald, Ruth K. "Selected Bibliography." Louisa May Alcott. Boston: Twayne, 1983. 103-7.

Stern, Madeleine B. "Bibliography." Louisa May Alcott: A Biography. Rev. ed. New York: Random House, 1996. 333-360. [Includes complete listing of all poems and stories with original publication information, as well as information regarding Alcott's well-known books and novels.]

Biographies

Anthony, Katharine. Louisa May Alcott. New York: Knopf, 1938.

Bedell, Marion. The Alcotts: Biography of a Family. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1980.

Cheney, Edna. Louisa May Alcott: Life, Letters and Journals. 1889. Boston: Little Brown, 1928.

Saxton, Martha. Louisa May: A Modern Biography of Louisa May Alcott. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977.

Stern, Madeleine B. Louisa May Alcott: A Biography. Rev. ed. New York: Random House, 1996.

Worthington, Marjorie. Miss Alcott of Concord. New York: Doubleday, 1958.

Critical Works

This section includes articles, conference proceedings, and monographic studies of Alcott and her writings published between 1970-1999. A few citations for books published in 2000 are also included.

Ackerman, Alan Louis, Jr. "Theatre and the Private Sphere in the Fiction of Louisa May Alcott." Domestic Space: Reading the Nineteenth-Century Interior. Eds. Inga Bryden and Janet Floyd. Manchester; New York: Manchester UP; St. Martin's, 1999. 162-85.

Alberghene, Janice M. "Alcott's Psyche and Kate: Self-Portraits, Sunny Side Up." Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Conference of the Children's Literature Association, Baylor University, March, 1980. Ed. Priscilla A. Ord. New Rochelle: Iona College, 1982. 37-43.

Alberghene, Janice M. and Beverly Lyon Clark. Little Women and the Feminist Imagination: Criticism, Controversy, Personal Essays. New York: Garland, 1999

Allen, Richard C. "When Narrative Fails." The Journal of Religious Ethics 21 (Spring 1993): 27-67.

Arms, George. "The Poet as Theme Reader: William Vaughn Moody, a Student, and Louisa May Alcott." Toward a New American Literary History: Essays in Honor of Arlin Turner. Eds. Louis J. Budd, Edwin H. Cady and Carl L. Anderson. Durham: Duke UP, 1980. 140-53.

Armstrong, Frances. "'Here little, and hereafter bliss': Little Women and the Deferral of Greatness." American Literature 64 (Sept. 1992): 453-74.

Auerbach, Nina. "Austen and Alcott on Matriarchy: New Women or New Wives?" Novel: A Forum on Fiction 10 (1976): 6-26.

Barnes, Elizabeth. "The Whipping Boy of Love: Atonement and Aggression in Alcott's Fiction." Journal x: A Journal in Culture and Criticism 2.1 (1997): 1-17.

Bassil, Veronica. "The Artist at Home: The Domestication of Louisa May Alcott." Studies in American Fiction 15.2 (1987): 187-97.

Baum, Freda. "The Scarlet Strand: Reform Motifs in the Writings of Louisa May Alcott." Critical Essays on Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Madeleine B. Stern. Boston: Hall, 1984. 250-5.

Bedell, Jeanne F. "The Necessary Mask: The Sensation Fiction of Louisa May Alcott." Publications of the Missouri Philological Association 5 (1980): 8-14.

Berman, Ruth. "No Jo Marches!" Children's Literature in Education 29.4 (1998): 237-47.

Bernstein, Susan Naomi. "Writing and Little Women: Alcott's Rhetoric of Subversion." ATQ 7 (Mar. 1993): 25-43.

Black, Linda. "Louisa May Alcott's 'Huckleberry Finn'." Mark Twain Journal 21.2 (1982): 15-7.

Blackburn, William. "'Moral Pap for the Young'? A New Look at Louisa May Alcott's Little Men." Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Conference of the Children's Literature Association, Baylor University, March, 1980. Ed. Priscilla A. Ord. New Rochelle: Iona College, 1982. 98-106.

Cadogan, Mary. "'Sweet, if somewhat tomboyish': The British Response to Louisa May Alcott." Critical Essays on Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Madeleine B. Stern. Boston: Hall, 1984. 275-9.

Campbell, Donna M. "Sentimental Conventions and Self-Protection: Little Women and The Wide, Wide World." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 11.2 (1994): 118-29.

Cappello, Mary. "'Looking about Me with All My Eyes': Censored Viewing, Carnival, and Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches." Arizona Quarterly 50.3 (1994): 59-88.

Carpenter, Lynette. "'Did They Never See Anyone Angry Before?' The Sexual Politics of Self-Control in Alcott's 'A Whisper in the Dark'." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 3.2 (1986): 31-41.

Chapman, Mary. "Gender and Influence in Louisa May Alcott's A Modern Mephistopheles." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 13.1 (1996): 19-37.

Chapman, Mary. "The Masochistic Pleasures of the Gothic: Paternal Incest in Alcott's 'A Marble Woman'." American Gothic: New Inventions in a National Narrative. Eds. Robert K. Martin and Eric Savoy. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 1998. 183-201.

Clark, Beverly Lyon. "Domesticating the School Story, Regendering a Genre: Alcott's Little Men." New Literary History 26 (Spring 1995): 323-42.

Clark, Beverly Lyon. "A Portrait of the Artist as a Little Woman." Children's Literature 17 (1989): 81-97.

Crisler, Jesse S. "Alcott's Reading in Little Women: Shaping the Autobiographical Self." Resources for American Literary Study 20.1 (1994): 27-36.

Crompton, Margaret. "Little Women: The Making of a Classic." Contemporary Review 218 (1971): 99-104.

Crowley, John W. "Little Women and the Boy-book." The New England Quarterly 58 (Sept. 1985): 384-99.

Cutter, Martha J. Unruly Tongue: Identity and Voice in American Women's Writing, 1850-1930. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1999.

DaGue, Elizabeth. "Images of Work, Glimpses of Professionalism in Selected Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Novels." Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 5.1 (1980): 50-5.

Dalke, Anne. "'The House Band': The Education of Men in Little Women." College English 47.6 (1985): 571-8.

Davis, Octavia. A Modern Mephistopheles. New York: Bantam, 1995.

Dawson, Melanie. "A Woman's Power: Alcott's `Behind a Mask' and the Usefulness of Dramatic Literacies in the Home." ATQ 11 (Mar. 1997): 19-40.

Donovan, Ellen Butler. "Reading for Profit and for Pleasure: Little Women and The Story of a Bad Boy." The Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children's Literature 18.2 (1994): 143-53.

Douglas, Ann. "Mysteries of Louisa May Alcott." The New York Review of Books 28 Sept. 1978: 60-3.

Doyle, Christine. Louisa May Alcott and Charlotte Brontë: Transatlantic Translations.

Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2000.

Eiselein, Gregory. "Sentimental Discourse and the Bisexual Erotics of Work." Texas Studies in Literature and Language 41.3 (1999): 203-35.

Elbert, Sarah. A Hunger for Home: Louisa May Alcott's Place in American Culture. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1987.

Elbert, Sarah. Work: A Story of Experience. New York: Schoken, 1977.

Elliott, Mary. "Outperforming Femininity: Public Conduct and Private Enterprise in Louisa May Alcott's `Behind a Mask'." ATQ 8 (Dec. 1994): 299-310.

Ellis, Kate. "Life with Marmee: Three Versions." The Classic American Novel and the Movies. Eds. Gerald Peary and Roger Shatzkin. New York: Ungar, 1977. 62-72.

Englund, Sheryl A. "Reading the Author in Little Women: a Biography of a Book." ATQ 12.3 (1998): 199-220.

Erisman, Fred. "Thoreau, Alcott, and the Mythic West." Western American Literature 34.3 (1999): 303-15.

Estes, Angela M. and Kathleen Margaret Lant. "Dismembering the Text: the Horror of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women." Children's Literature 17 (1989): 98-123.

Estes, Angela M. and Kathleen M. Lant. "'Unlovely, Unreal Creatures:' Resistance and Relationship in Louisa May Alcott's 'Fancy Friend'." The Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children's Literature 18.2 (1994): 154-70.

Estes, Angela M. and Kathleen Margaret Lant. "`We don't mind the bumps': Reforming the Child's Body in Louisa May Alcott's `Cupid and Chow-Chow'." Children's Literature 22 (1994): 27-42.

Fetterly, Judith. "Impersonating Little Women: The Radicalism of Alcott's 'Behind a Mask'." Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 10.1 (1983): 1-14.

Fetterly, Judith. "Little Women: Alcott's Civil War." Feminist Studies 5 (1979): 369-83.

Foster, Shirley. "Germany in Fact and Fiction in the Writings of Louisa May Alcott." Images of Central Europe in Travelogues and Fiction by North American Writers. Ed. Waldemar Zacharasiewicz. Tubingen: Stauffenburg, 1995. 60-7.

Franklin, Rosemary F. "Louisa May Alcott's Father(s) and `The Marble Woman'." ATQ 13.4 (1999): 253-68.

Gaard, Greta. "`Self-denial was all the fashion:' Repressing Anger in Little Women." Papers on Language and Literature 27 (Winter 1991): 3-19.

Gay, Carol. "Little Women at the Movies." Children's Novels and the Movies. Ed. Douglas Street. New York: Ungar, 1983. 28-38.

Gay, Carol. "The Philosopher and His Daughter: Amos Bronson Alcott and Louisa." Essays in Literature 2 (1975): 181-91.

Goldman, Suzy. "Louisa May Alcott: The Separation Between Art and Family." The Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children's Literature 1.2 (1977): 91-7.

Grasso, Linda. "Louisa May Alcott's 'Magic Inkstand': Little Women, Feminism, and the Myth of Regeneration." Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 19.1 (1998): 177-92.

Habegger, Alfred. "Precocious Incest: First Novels by Louisa May Alcott and Henry James." The Massachusetts Review 26 (Summer/Autumn 1985): 233-62.

Halttunen, Karen. "The Domestic Drama of Louisa May Alcott." Feminist Studies 10.2 (1984): 233-254.

Hamblen, Abigail Ann. "The Divided World of Louisa May Alcott." Webs and Wardrobes: Humanist and Religious World Views in Children's Literature. Eds. Joseph O'Beirne Milner and Lucy Floyd Morcock Milner. Lanham: UP of America, 1987. 57-64.

Hamblen, Abigail Ann. "Louisa May Alcott and the Racial Question." University Review 37 (1971): 307-13.

Hamblen, Abigail Ann. "Louisa May Alcott and the 'Revolution' in Education." JGE: The Journal of General Education 22 (1970): 81-92.

Heilbrun, Carolyn G. "Louisa May Alcott: The Influence of Little Women." Women, the Arts, and the 1920s in Paris and New York. Eds. Kenneth W. Wheeler and Virginia Lee Lussier. New Brunswick: Transaction, 1982. 20-6.

Hendler, Glenn. "The Limits of Sympathy: Louisa May Alcott and the Sentimental Novel." American Literary History 3.4 (1991): 685-706.

Higonnet, Margaret R. "Civil Wars and Sexual Territories." Arms and the Woman: War, Gender, and Literary Representation. Eds. Helen M. Cooper, Adrienne Auslander Munich, and Susan Merrill Squier. Chapel Hill: U North Carolina P, 1989. 80-96.

Hollander, Anne. "Reflections on Little Women." Children's Literature 9 (1981): 28-39.

Hollinger, Karen and Teresa Winterhalter. "A Feminist Romance: Adapting Little Women to the Screen." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 18.2 (1999): 173-92.

Hovet, Grace Ann and Theodore R. Hovet. "Tableaux Vivants: Masculine Vision and Feminine Reflections in Novels by Warner, Alcott, Stowe, and Wharton." ATQ 7 (Dec. 1993): 335-56.

Johnson, Claudia Durst. "`Transcendental Wild Oats' or The Cost of an Idea." ATQ 12.1 (1998): 45-65.

Kaledin, Eugenia. "Louisa May Alcott: Success and the Sorrow of Self-Denial.." Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 5 (1978): 251-63.

Kane, Mary Patricia. "Unmasking Little Women: The Theme of the Writer's Identity in Louisa May Alcott's A Modern Mephistopheles." Rivista di Studi Vittoriani 3.5(1998): 109-18.

Kerber, Linda K. "Can a Woman Be an Individual? The Limits of Puritan Tradition in the Early Republic." Texas Studies in Literature and Language 25.1 (1983): 165-78.

Keyser, Elizabeth Lennox. "Alcott's Portraits of the Artist as Little Woman." International Journal of Women's Studies 5.5 (1982): 445-59.

Keyser, Elizabeth Lennox. Little Women: A Family Romance. New York: Twayne, 1999.

Keyser, Elizabeth. "'Playing Puckerage': Alcott's Plot in 'Cupid and Chow-Chow'." Children's Literature 14 (1986): 105-22.

Keyser, Elizabeth Lennox. Whispers in the Dark: The Fiction of Louisa May Alcott. Knoxville: U Tennessee P, 1995.

Kirkham, Pat and Sarah Warren. "Four Little Women: Three Films and a Novel."

Adaptations: From Text to Screen, Screen to Text. Eds. Deborah Cartmell and Imelda Whelehan. London: Routledge, 1999. 81-97.

Klimasmith, Betsy. "Slave, Master, Mistress, Slave: Genre and Interracial Desire in Louisa May Alcott's Fiction." ATQ 11 (June 1997): 115-35.

Kornfeld, Eve and Susan Jackson. "The Female Bildungsroman in Nineteenth-Century America: Parameters of a Vision." Journal of American Culture 10.4 (1987): 69-75.

Kyler, Carolyn. "Alcott's Enigmas: Impersonation and Interpretation." ATQ 7 (Sept. 1993): 229-45.

Laird, Susan. "Teaching in a Different Sense: Alcott's Marmee." Philosophy of Education 1993. URL: http://x.ed.uiuc.edu/EPS/PES-Yearbook/93_docs/LAIRD.HTM

Langland, Elizabeth. "Female Stories of Experience: Alcott's Little Women in Light of Work." The Voyage In: Fictions of Female Development. Eds. Marianne Hirsch and Elizabeth Langland. Hanover: UP of New England, 1983. 112-27.

Lant, Kathleen M. and Angela M. Estes. "The Feminist Redeemer: Louisa Alcott's Creation of the Female Christ." Christianity and Literature 40.3 (1991): 223-53.

MacDonald, Ruth K. Louisa May Alcott. Boston: Twayne, 1983.

MacDonald, Ruth K. "Louisa May Alcott's Little Women: Who Is Still Reading Miss Alcott and Why." Touchstones: Reflections on the Best in Children's Literature. Vol. 1. Eds. Perry Nodelman and Jill P. May. West Lafayette: Children's Literature Assn., 1985. 13-20.

MacDonald, Ruth K. "Moods, Gothic and Domestic." Critical Essays on Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Madeleine B. Stern. Boston: Hall, 1984. 74-78.

MacDonald, Ruth K. "The Progress of the Pilgrims in Little Women." Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Conference of the Children's Literature Association, Baylor University, March, 1980. Ed. Priscilla A. Ord. New Rochelle: Iona College, 1982. 114-9.

Mackey, Margaret. "Little Women Go to Market: Shifting Texts and Changing Readers." Children's Literature in Education 29.3(1998): 153-73.

Mailloux, Steven . "The Rhetorical Use and Abuse of Fiction: Eating Books in Late Nineteenth-Century America." Boundary 17 (Spring 1990): 133-57.

Marchalonis, Shirley. "Filming the Nineteenth Century: The Secret Garden and Little Women." ATQ 10 (Dec. 1996): 273-92.

Marsella, Joy A. The Promise of Destiny: Children and Women in the Short Stories of Louisa May Alcott. Westport: Greenwood, 1983.

May, Jill P. "Feminism and Children's Literature: Fitting Little Women into the American Literary Canon." CEA Critic 56.3 (1994): 19-27.

Mills, Claudia. "Choosing a Way of Life: Eight Cousins and Six to Sixteen." Children's Literature Association Quarterly 14.2 (1989): 71-5.

Minadeo, Christy Rishoi. "Little Women in the 21st Century." Images of the Child. Ed. Harry Eiss. Bowling Green: Popular, 1994. 199-214.

Monteiro, George. "Louisa May Alcott's Proverb Stories." Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin 42 (1976): 103-7.

Moon, Michael. "Nineteenth-Century Discourses on Childhood Gender Training: The Case of Louisa May Alcott's Little Men and Jo's Boys." Queer Representations: Reading Lives, Reading Cultures. Ed. Martin Duberman. New York: New York UP, 1997. 209-15.

Murphy, Ann B. "The Borders of Ethical, Erotic, and Artistic Possibilities in Little Women." Signs 15.3 (1990): 562-585.

Myerson, Joel. "Louisa May Alcott on Concord: A New 'Tribulation Periwinkle' Letter." Concord Saunterer 17.1 (1984): 41-3.

Myerson, Joel. "'Our Children Are Our Best Works': Bronson and Louisa May Alcott." Critical Essays on Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Madeleine B. Stern. Boston: Hall, 1984. 261-4.

Myerson, Joel and Daniel Shealy. "Louisa May Alcott's "A Wail": An Unrecorded Satire of the Concord Authors." The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 80.1 (1986): 93-9.

Myerson, Joel and Daniel Shealy. "Three Contemporary Accounts of Louisa May Alcott, With Glimpses of Other Concord Notables." The New England Quarterly 59 (Mar. 1986): 109-22.

Nelson, Claudia. "Care and Feeding: Vegetarianism and Social Reform in Alcott's America." The Girl's Own: Cultural Histories of the Anglo-American Girl, 1830-1915. Eds. Claudia Nelson and Lynne Vallone. Athens: U Georgia P, 1994. 11-33.

Nelson, Claudia. "Family Circle or Vicious Circle? Anti-Paternal Undercurrents in Louisa May Alcott." The Child and the Family: Selected Papers from the 1988 International Conference of the Children's Literature Association, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, May 19-22, 1988. Eds. Susan R. Gannon and Ruth Anne Thompson. New York: Pace U, 1989. 70-76.

Nelson, Michael C. "Writing during Wartime: Gender and Literacy in the American Civil War." Journal of American Studies 31.1 (1997): 43-68.

Patraka, Vivian M. "Split Britches [theatre group] in Little Women: the Tragedy: Staging Censorship, Nostalgia, and Desire." The Kenyon Review 15 (Spring 1993): 6-13.

Patterson,Mark. "Racial Sacrifice and Citizenship: The Construction of Masculinity in Louisa May Alcott's `The Brothers'." Studies in American Fiction 25 (Autumn 1997): 147-66.

Pauly, Thomas H. "Ragged Dick and Little Women: Idealized Homes and Unwanted Marriages." Journal of Popular Culture 9 (1979): 583-92.

Payne, Alma J. "Duty's Child: Louisa May Alcott." American Literary Realism 6 (1973): 260-1.

Payne, Alma J. "Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)." American Literary Realism 6 (1973): 27-43.

Payne, Alma J. "Louisa May Alcott: A Bibliographical Essay on Secondary Sources." Critical Essays on Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Madeleine B. Stern. Boston: Hall, 1984. 279-286.

Petrulionis, Sandra Harbert. "By the Light of Her Mother's Lamp: Woman's Work versus Man's Philosophy in Louisa May Alcott's 'Transcendental Wild Oats'." Studies in the American Renaissance. Ed. Joel Myerson. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 1995. 69-81.

Pfaelzer, Jean. "The Sentimental Promise and the Utopian Myth: Rebecca Harding Davis's The Harmonists and Louisa May Alcott's Transcendental Wild Oats." ATQ 3 (Mar. 1989): 85-99.

Pfaelzer, Jean. "Subjectivity as Feminist Utopia." Utopian and Science Fiction by Women: Worlds of Difference. Eds. Jane L. Donawerth and Carol A. Kolmerten. Syracuse: Syracuse UP, 1994. 93-106.

Phillips, Anne. "'Home Itself Put into Song': Music as Metaphorical Community." The Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children's Literature 16.2 (1992): 145-57.

Reardon, Colleen. "Music as Leitmotif in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women." Children's Literature 24 (1996): 74-85.

Rigsby, Mary. "'So Like Women!': Louisa May Alcott's Work and the Ideology of Relations." Redefining the Political Novel: American Women Writers, 1797-1901. Ed. Sharon M. Harris. Knoxville : U of Tennessee P, 1995.

Rosenfeld, Natania. "Artists and Daughters in Louisa May Alcott's Diana and Persis." The New England Quarterly 64 (Mar. 1991): 3-21.

Sanderson, Rena. "A Modern Mephistopheles: Louisa May Alcott's Exorcism of Patriarchy." ATQ 5 (Mar. 1991): 41-55.

Saxton, Martha. "The Secret Imaginings of Louisa Alcott." Critical Essays on Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Madeleine B. Stern. Boston: Hall, 1984. 256-60.

Schultz, Jane E. "Embattled Care: Narrative Authority in Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches." Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 9.2 (1992): 104-18.

Shealy, Daniel. "The Author-Publisher Relationships of Louisa May Alcott." Book Research Quarterly 3.1 (1987): 63-74.

Shealy, Daniel. "'Families Are the Most Beautiful Things': The Myths and Facts of Louisa Alcott's March Family in Little Women." The Child and the Family: Selected Papers from the 1988 International Conference of the Children's Literature Association, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, May 19-22, 1988. Eds. Susan R. Gannon and Ruth Anne Thompson. New York: Pace U, 1989. 65-9.

Shealy, Daniel. "Louisa Alcott's Account of Emerson's 'Poetry and Criticism'." Concord Saunterer 18.2 (1985): 47-9.

Shealy, Daniel. "Louisa May Alcott's Juvenilia: Blueprints for the Future." Children's Literature Association Quarterly 17.4 (1992/93): 15-18.

Smith, Gail K. "Who Was That Masked Woman? Gender and Form in Louisa May Alcott's Confidence Stories." American Women Short Story Writers: A Collection of Critical Essays. Ed. Julie Brown. New York: Garland, 1995. 49-59.

Stadler, Gustavus. "Louisa May Alcott's Queer Geniuses." American Literature 71.4 (1999): 657-77.

Stern, Madeleine B. "The Alcotts and the Emerson Fire." American Transcendental Quarterly: Journal of New England Writers 36 (1977): 7-9.

Stern, Madeleine B. ed. Critical Essays on Louisa May Alcott. Boston: Hall, 1984.

Stern, Madeleine B. "An Early Alcott Sensation Story: Marion Earle; or, Only an Actress!" Nineteenth Century Literature 47 (June 1992): 91-8.

Stern, Madeleine B. "Louisa Alcott's Feminist Letters." Studies in the American Renaissance. Ed. Joel Myerson. Boston: Twayne, 1978. 429-52.

Stern, Madeleine B. "Louisa Alcott's Self-Criticism." Studies in the American Renaissance. Ed. Joel Myerson. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 1985. 333-382.

Stern, Madeleine B. "Louisa M. Alcott in Periodicals." Studies in the American Renaissance. Ed. Joel Myerson. Boston: Twayne, 1977. 369-86.

Stern, Madeleine B. Louisa May Alcott: From Blood and Thunder to Hearth and Home. Boston: Northeastern UP, 1998.

Stern, Madeleine B. and Kent Bricknell. "Louisa May Alcott Had Her Head Examined." Studies in the American Renaissance. Ed. Joel Myerson. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 1995. 277-89.

Stimpson, Catharine R. "Reading for Love: Canons, Paracanons, and Whistling Jo March." New Literary History 21 (Autumn 1990): 957-76.

Stoneley, Peter. "`The Fashionable World Displayed:' Alcott and Social Power."

Studies in American Fiction 27.1 (1999): 21-36.

Strickland, Charles. Victorian Domesticity: Families in the Life and Art of Louisa May Alcott. University, AL: U of Alabama P, 1985.

Tintner, Adeline R. "A Literary Youth and a Little Woman: Henry James Reviews Louisa Alcott." Critical Essays on Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Madeleine B. Stern. Boston: Hall, 1984. 265-9.

Tuttleton, James W. "The Sensational Miss Alcott." New Criterion 14.2 (1995): 15-20.

Urbanski, Marie Olesen. "Thoreau in the Writings of Louisa May Alcott." Critical Essays on Louisa May Alcott. Ed. Madeleine B. Stern. Boston: Hall, 1984. 269-74.

Wallace, James D. "Where the Absent Father Went: Alcott's Work." Refiguring the Father: New Feminist Readings of Patriarchy. Refiguring the Father: New Feminist Readings of Patriarchy. Eds. Patricia Yaeger and Beth Kowaleski Wallace. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1989. 259-74.

Walters, Karla. "Seeking Home: Secularizing the Quest for the Celestial City in Little Women and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Reform and Counterreform: Dialectics of the Word in Western Christianity since Luther. Ed. John C. Hawley. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1994. 153-71.

Warren, Joyce W. "Fracturing Gender: Woman's Economic Independence." Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Critical Reader. Ed. Karen Kilcup. Malden, MA : Blackwell, 1998. 146-63.

Widdicombe, Toby. "A 'Declaration of Independence': Alcott's Work as Transcendental Manifesto." ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance 38.3 (1992): 207-29.

Winn, Harbour. "Echoes of Literary Sisterhood: Louisa May Alcott and Kate Chopin." Studies in American Fiction 20 (Autumn 1992): 205-8.

Yellin, Jean Fagan. "From Success to Experience: Louisa May Alcott's Work." Massachusetts Review 21.3 (1980): 527-39.

Young, Elizabeth. "A Wound of One's Own: Louise May Alcott's Civil War Fiction." American Quarterly 48 (Sept. 1996): 439-74.

Zehr, Janet. S. "The Response of Nineteenth-Century Audiences to Louisa May Alcott's Fiction." American Transcendental Quarterly 1.4 (1987): 323-42.

 

Dissertations

This section includes citations for dissertations dating back to 1972, which is apparently the date of the first Alcott-based dissertation in the U.S.

Ackerman, Alan Louis, Jr. "Displaced Theatre and American Literature." Diss. Harvard U, 1997.

Alberghene, Janice Marie. "From Alcott to `Abel's Island': The Image of the Artist in American Children's Literature." Diss. Brown U, 1980.

Aliaga-Buchenau, Ana-Isabel. "The 'Dangerous' Potential of Reading: Readers and the Negotiation of Power in Selected Nineteenth-Century Narratives." Diss. U of North Carolina, 1997.

Bair, Barbara. "`Ties of Blood and Bonds of Fortune': The Cultural Construction of Gender in American Women's Fiction - An Interdisciplinary Analysis." Diss. Brown U, 1984.

Barker, Deborah Ellen. "Painting Women: The Woman Artist in Nineteenth Century American Fiction." Diss. Princeton U, 1991.

Bernardi, Debra. "Domestic Horrors: Disfiguring the American Home, 1860-1903." Diss. U of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996.

Bernstein, Susan Naomi. "Writing as Process and Metaphor in Selected Works of Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Fuller, Herman Melville and Harriet Jacobs." Diss. Pennsylvania State U, 1993.

Bevan, Ellen Sternberg. "Family Matters: The Fiction of Hawthorne, Alcott and James." Diss. U of Rochester, 1991.

Carpenter, Patricia Kay. "Dissension Amid the Ranks of Domesticity: The Madwoman in Selected Works of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Louisa May Alcott." Diss. U of Texas at Arlington, 1993.

Chapman, Mary Anne Megan. "`Living Pictures': Women and Tableaux Vivants in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction and Culture." Diss. Cornell U, 1992.

Connolly, Paula T. "Giving Testimony: Social Reform and the Politics of Voice in Four Nineteenth-Century American Texts." Diss. U of Massachusetts, 1991.

Davis, Cynthia Jeanne. "Unnatural Subjects: Locating Identity in American Medical, Scientific and Literary Narratives, 1840-1910." Diss. Duke U, 1994.

Dawes, James Roger. "Language in Violence: Mortality and Ethics in the Literature of War." Diss. Harvard University, 1998.

Delmendo, Sharon Ann. "Engendering the American Domestic: Domestic Politics and Domestic Literature, 1787-1868." Diss. State U of New York at Buffalo, 1993.

Diamant, Sarah Elbert. "Louisa May Alcott and the Woman Problem." Diss. Cornell U, 1974.

Dougherty, Mary Veronica. "Houses with Two Stories: Family, Race and Domestic Counter-Discourse in American Women's Fiction, 1859-1893." Diss. Rutgers U, 1996.

Duncan, Carolyn. "Ladies of Misrule: A Re-Vision of Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Women Writers' Double-voiced Carnivalesque Texts." Diss. U of Toledo, 1998.

Eiselein, Gregory Joseph. "Humanitarian Works: Writing, Reform and Eccentric Benevolence in the Civil War Era." Diss. U of Iowa, 1993.

Englund, Sheryl Ann. "'An Excellent Likeness of the Author': Gender and Personality in the Nineteenth-Century Literary Marketplace." Diss. U of Texas at Austin, 1997.

Estes, Angela M. "An Aptitude for Bird: Louisa May Alcott's Women and Emerson's Self-Reliant Man." Diss. U of Oregon, 1985.

Evans Sachs, Elizabeth Ann. "Describing a Sphere: A Definition of Space in American Women's Domestic Fiction of the Nineteenth Century." Diss. U of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993.

Fahy, Christopher A. "Fire in the Hearth: Daemonism and Domesticity in the Fiction of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott." Diss. Boston U, 1997.

Feldman, Ellen Ruth. "Self-Culturing America, 1838-1917." Diss. U of Chicago, 1995.

Fitzpatrick, Tara Kathryn. "`Women's Work': Self-Sacrifice, Republicanism and the Character of American Women, 1682-1920." Diss. Yale U, 1992.

Francis, Christine Doyle. "Transatlantic Translations: Louisa May Alcott and Charlotte Bronte." Diss. U of Connecticut, 1995.

Frost, Linda Anne. "Thinking Language to Be a Body of Thought, Reading Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott and Margaret Fuller Ossoli." Diss. State U of New York at Stony Brook, 1990.

Gaard, Greta Claire. "Anger Expressed/Repressed: Novels by White, Middle-Class, American Women Writers, 1850-Present." Diss. U of Minnesota, 1989.

Ginsberg, Lesley Ellen. "The Romance of Dependency: Childhood and the Ideology of Love in American Literature, 1825-1870." Diss. Stanford U, 1998.

Hadella, Charlotte Cook. "Women in Gardens in American Short Fiction." Diss. U of New Mexico, 1989.

Hendler, Glenn Stewart. "Women, Boys, and the American Novel: Figuring the Mass Audience, 1850-1900." Diss. Northwestern U, 1991.

Hines, Maude Elizabeth. "Making Americans: National Fairy Tales and fantasies of Transformation, 1865-1900." Diss. Duke U, 1998.

Huh, Joonok. "Shifting Sexual Roles in Selected American Novels, 1870-1920." Diss. Indiana U, 1983.

Jin, Li. "Between Mary and Eve: American Women Writers and Their Heroines in the Mid-Nineteenth Century." Diss. Texas Christian U, 1993.

Jurecic, Ann. "The `Genus Medical Woman': Representations of Female Doctors and Nurses in American Fiction from the Civil War into the Twentieth Century." Diss. Princeton U, 1994.

Kelleher, Mary Alice. "Laboring under a Misconception: Writing about Work and Writing as Work in Four Antebellum New England Authors." Diss. New York U, 1999.

Kennedy, Anne Margaret. "Louisa May Alcott: Culture, Family, Fiction." Diss. Bowling Green State U, 1990.

Kent, Kathryn Ruth. "Making Girls into Women: Reading, Gender and Sexuality in American Women's Writing, 1865-1940." Diss. Duke U, 1995.

Kleitz, Katherine Agnes. "The Italian World of Art in Nineteenth-Century English and American Literature." Diss. Tufts U, 1988.

Kohn, Denise Marie. "Novel Re-Visions: Women Writers and the Reshaping of American Popular and Literary Culture." Diss. U of Houston, 1999.

Kosten, Robert Adam. "Romances of Experience: American Realist Fiction and the Devices of Melodrama." Diss. U of Florida, 1997.

Kot, Paula. "Thrice-told Tales: Nineteenth-Century American Women's Romances." Diss. U of Connecticut, 1992.

Jesionowski, Eileen T. "Transcendentalism's Influence on the Work of Louisa May Alcott and Elizabeth Drew Stoddard." Diss. U of Alaska-Anchorage, 1995.

Lac, Christine Marie Andree. "Women and Children First: A Comparative Study of Louisa May Alcott and Sophie de Segue." Diss. U of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1988.

Lant, Kathleen Margaret. "Behind a Mask: A Study of Nineteenth-Century American Fiction by Women." Diss. U of Oregon, 1982.

Lawrence, Kathleen Ann. "The Domestic Idiom: The Rhetorical Appeals of Four Influential Women in Nineteenth Century America." Diss. Indiana U, 1989.

Lenarcic, Faye Mertine. "The Emergence of the Passionate Woman in American Fiction, 1850-1920." Diss. Syracuse U, 1985.

Lewis, Janene Gabrielle Burnum. "Coming to Terms with Identity: Social Commentary on Race, Gender, and Work in the Domestic Fiction of Louisa May Alcott and Jessie Redmon Fauset." Diss. Texas Christian U, 1999.

Long, Lisa Ann. "The American Civil War and Cultural Disease." Diss. U of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997.

Maier, Sarah Elizabeth. "Dionysian Dominatrices: The Nineteenth-Century Decadents/ce of Alcott, Egerton, D'Arcy and Rachilde." Diss. U of Alberta, 1997.

Maragou, Helena. "Re-defining an American Myth: Louisa May Alcott's Fiction for Adults." Diss. U of North Carolina, 1993.

Marchant, Jamie Laree. "Novel Resolutions: Revising the Romance Plot, the Woman's Movement and American Women Novelists, 1870-1930. Diss. Claremont Graduate U, 1998.

Marsella, Joy Ann. "Fulfilling Destiny: The World of Children and Women in the Short Stories of Louisa May Alcott." Diss. U of Hawaii, 1981.

Matthews, Elizabeth Irene. "Women Writing and War." Diss. U of California Davis, 1990.

McCollister, Deborah Hart. "`Lords of (Her) Creation': Men in the Adult Bildungsromane of Louisa May Alcott." Diss. U of Mississippi, 1992.

McCurry, Niki Alpert. "Concepts of Childrearing and Schooling in the March Novels of Louisa May Alcott." Diss. Northwestern U, 1976.

McGuire, Barbara Jane. "`Desolate but Free': The Transitional Figure of the Female Orphan in American Women's Fiction of the 1850s and 1860s." Diss. U of Washington, 1996.

Moyle, Geraldine. "The Tenth Muse Sprung Up in the Marketplace: Women and Professional Authorship in Nineteenth-Century America." Diss. U of California Los Angeles, 1985.

Nelson, Michael Curtis. "The Word Made Flesh: Violence, Disfigurement and Writing in 19th-Century American Literature." Diss. Indiana U, 1994.

Nickerson, Catherine Ross. "The Domestic Detective Novel: Gothicism, Domesticity and Investigation in American Women's Writing, 1865-1920." Diss. Yale U, 1991.

Pflieger, Patricia Ann. "A Visit to `Merry's Museum'; Or, Social Values in a Nineteenth-Century American Periodical for Children." Diss. U of Minnesota, 1987.

Phillips, Anne Kathryn. "Domestic Transcendentalism in the Novels of Louisa May Alcott, Gene Stratton-Porter and Jean Webster." Diss. U of Connecticut, 1993.

Pimley, Venetia Mitchell. "Putting Domesticity to Work: Hybrid Feminisms in Women's Career Fiction, 1855-1909." Diss. U of Minnesota, 1997.

Repka, Patricia Lee. "Search for Inner Peace: Louisa May Alcott and Duty." Diss. Texas A & M U, 1991.

Rigbsy, Mary Bortnyk. "Margaret Fuller's Feminist Aesthetic: A Critique of Emersonian Idealism in the Works of Fuller, Alcott, Stowe and Freeman." Diss. Temple U, 1991.

Roberts, Catherine Elizabeth. "'Telling Truth Truly': The Startling Self of Adolescent Girls in Nineteenth-Century New England Diaries." Diss. Harvard U, 1999.

Robinson, Laura Mae. "Educating the Reader: Negotiation in Nineteenth-Century Popular Girls' Stories." Diss. Queen's U at Kingston, 1998.

Ross, Cheri Louise Graves. "Transforming Fictional Genres: Five Nineteenth-Century American Feminist Novelists." Diss. Purdue U, 1991.

Salwonchik, Marie. "The Educational Ideas of Louisa May Alcott." Diss. Loyola U of Chicago, 1972.

Shapiro, Ann R. "A Separate Sphere: The Woman Question in Selected Fiction by Nineteenth-Century American Women, 1852-1899." Diss. New York U, 1985.

Shealy, Daniel Lester. "The Author-Publisher Relationships of Louisa May Alcott." Diss. U of South Carolina, 1985.

Shull, Martha Irene Smith. "The Novels of Louisa May Alcott as Commentary on the American Family." Diss. Bowling Green State U, 1975.

Sisco, Lisa Ann. "Emerging from the Chrysalis: Isolation and Publication in Nineteenth-Century Literacy Narratives." Diss. U of New Hampshire, 1995.

Sizer, Lyde Cullen. "`A Revolution in Woman Herself': Northern Women Writers and the American Civil War, 1850-1872." Diss. Brown U, 1994.

Sobal, Nancy Lee. "Curing and Caring: A Literary View of Professional Medical Women." Diss. U of Cincinnati, 1984.

Squires, Mary Lou. "Competitive Sport and the `Cult of True Womanhood': A Paradox at the Turn of the Century." Diss. Texas Woman's U, 1977.

Stadler, Gustavus Tuckerman. "Obscene Sentiments: Readings, Effects and Sentimental Form in the Work of Fanny Fern, Louisa May Alcott and Henry James." Diss. Duke U, 1997.

Stepanski, Linda Margaret. "`There Is No School Like the Family School': Literacy, Motherteaching and the Alcott Family." Diss. U of New Hampshire, 1996.

Stewart, David Malcolm. "Reading American Sensationalism: Print, Pleasure and the Disorder of Books, 1830-1870." Diss. U of Chicago, 1997.

Stroupe, Harry Craig. "The Rhetorical Democracy of the Preface: Literary Professionalism, Popular Authority, and Nineteenth-Century American Readers." Diss. Florida State U, 1994.

Taylor, Megan Gray. "A Straining in the Text: Women Writers and the Deconstruction of the Sentimental Plot, 1845-1900." Diss. U of Maryland, 1993.

Thompson, Stephanie Lewis. "Gentlemen Prefer Modernism: `Middlebrow' Culture and the Transmutation of Realism in the Works of Louisa May Alcott, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and Fannie Hurst ." Diss. U of Tennessee, 1999.

Weiner, Deborah. "Islands of Possibility: Gendered Workings of Power in the Lives and Texts of Shelley, Alcott, Woolf, Rhys, Anderson, Carter and Atwood." Diss. U of Rochester, 1997.

West. Patricia. "The Historic House Museum Movement in America: Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House as a Case Study." Diss. State U of New York at Binghampton, 1992.

Wright, Charlotte Megan. "Plain and Ugly Janes: The Rise of the Ugly Woman in Contemporary American Fiction." Diss. U of North Texas, 1994.

Young, Debra Bailey. "'A Woman's Pen Presents You with a Play': The Influence of Drama and the Theatre on the Life and Writings of Louisa May Alcott." Diss. Indiana U of Pennsylvania, 1997.

Young, Elizabeth. "Embodied Politics: Fictions of the American Civil War." Diss. U of California Berkeley, 1993

Zehr, Janet Susan. "Louisa May Alcott and the Female Fairy Tale." Diss. U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.

Theses

This section contains citations for theses written to fulfill requirements for master's degrees or, in a few cases, bachelor's degrees. While most of these date to the 1990s, there are a few earlier ones, including several from the 1930s. These items may be difficult to locate; ask your reference librarian to determine whether these will be available by interlibrary loan.

Anderson, Sallie P. "The Transcendentalism of Amos Bronson Alcott as a Cause of the Pragmatism of Louisa May Alcott." Thesis (MA). U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1963.

Andrepont, Christine L. "`Hand, You Shall Work Alway!': Louisa May Alcott's Working Women." Thesis (BA). U of Southwestern Louisiana, 1998.

Arnold, Andria L. "The Role of Characters in Louisa May Alcott's A Modern Mephistopheles." Thesis (BA). Westminster College, 1998.

Baldwin, Frances Keeney. "The Application of Bronson Alcott's Educational Theories and Methods to the Educational Practices Described in the Novel Little Men by Louisa May Alcott." Thesis (MA). U of Maryland, 1956.

Barr, Kevin Joseph. "Louisa May Alcott: Moralism and Actuality." Thesis (MA). U of Missouri - Columbia, 1975.

Baum, Freda L. "An Examination of Louisa May Alcott as `New Woman'." Thesis (MA). Bowling Green State U, 1978.

Benson, Nancy E. "The Reconciliation of the Spheres in the Works of Louisa May Alcott ." Thesis (MA). Montclair State U, 1997.

Boie, Mildred Louise. "Louisa May Alcott ." Thesis (MA). U of Minnesota, 1934.

Butler, Katherine. "`A Useful, Happy Woman': Feminine Transcendentalism in the Works of Louisa May Alcott." Thesis (MA). U of Vermont, 1996.

Carpenter, Patricia Kay. "Dissension Amid the Ranks of Domesticity :

The Madwoman in Selected Works of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Louisa May Alcott." Thesis (MA). U of Texas at Arlington, 1993.

Carson, Barbara Harrell. "Orpheus in New England: Alcott, Emerson, and Thoreau." Thesis (MA). Johns Hopkins U, 1968.

Chancellor, Bryn Kelly. "Imprisoned in the Big, White House: Confinement and the Mad Woman in Alcott, Gilman, Wilson, and Jacobs." Thesis (MA). Arizona State U, 1997.

Chapman, Sarah Michelle. "In Recognition: A Study of the Mixed Messages in Seven Female Bildungsromans." Thesis (BA). Albion College, 1996.

Chavis, Kris. "Dilemmas: An Examination of Female Writing and Publishing in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women." Thesis (MA). U of Central Oklahoma, 1999.

Claps, Roberta Kenny. "The Message to Young Girls in Alcott's Little Women." Thesis (MA). Montclair State U, 1998.

Connors, Judith A. "A Woman's World: The Feminist Aesthetics of Louisa May Alcott in Hospital Sketches, Little Women and Work." Thesis (MA). Villanova U, 1994.

Copeland, Janet Jean. "A Recipe for Virtuous Independence: Louisa May Alcott's Formula for Success in Her Children's Books." Thesis (MA). U of Alaska, 1991.

Corbitt, Deana Kathleen. "Louisa May Alcott Behind a Mask." Thesis (MA). California State U - Chico, 1995.

Cowan, Octavia. "Enacted Virtue: Louisa May Alcott and the Art of `Seeming'." Thesis (MA). U of California, San Diego, 1987.

Culpepper, Lessie Lee. "The Life of Louisa May Alcott, As Revealed in Her Works." Thesis (MA). U of Nebraska - Lincoln, 1934.

Dauer, Jean Elizabeth. "Louisa May Alcott: A Psychograph." Thesis (MA). Boston U, 1949.

Dillon, Patricia. "A Woman's Wit and Will: The Strong Minded Heroines of Louisa May Alcott." Thesis (MA). Ohio State U, 1976.

Eck, Susan J. "The Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott." Thesis (MA). State U College at Buffalo, 1976.

Ertel, Mary M. "A Divided Life: Louisa May Alcott's Journey as a Writer." Thesis (MA). State U College at Buffalo, 1996.

Faucette, Olive Cannady. "The Relationship Between Certain Educational Movements and Louisa May Alcott's Writings for Children." Thesis (MA). Duke U, 1942.

Ferrell, Joann Carrol. "Alcott's Little Women as a Novel of Manners." Thesis (MA). California State U, 1977.

Flynn, Therese Marie. "The Bounds of Etiquette: Subversion through Melodrama in Louisa May Alcott's Life and Work." Thesis (BA). Harvard U, 1992.

Gloyd, Lori Jayne. "An Uncomfortable Vitality: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Nineteenth Century Cult of Domesticity." Thesis (MA). California State U, Dominguez Hills, 1997.

Goetz, Diane Falkner. "Developing Characterizations of Women in the American Novel: 1850-1898." Thesis (MA). San Diego State U, 1992.

Gray, Patrice K. "Louisa May Alcott: Fact and Fiction." Thesis (MA). Emory U, 1976.

Jameson, Kim Ingram. "Masked Lives in Literature and Life." Thesis (MA). U of Central Oklahoma, 1997.

Jenson, Roberta Trites. "The Influence of Transcendentalism on Louisa May Alcott's `Definition' of Adolescence." Thesis (MA). U of Texas at Dallas, 1985.

Johnson, Joanna Webb. "Smiling through the Tears: The Saintly Female Death in Stowe, Alcott and Phelps." Thesis (MA). U of Texas at Arlington, 1993.

Mack, Charity Kemp. "Growing Up and Becoming a Woman in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Series." Thesis (MA). Smith College, 1996.

Marx, Sarah. "Values of Community in Narrative, a Study of Three Texts: Sarah Orne Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, and Jerre Mangione's Mt. Allegro." Thesis (BA). Harvard U, 1989.

Nash, Charles L. "The Search for the Ideal Man in Late Victorian American Women's Literature." Thesis (MA). Montclair State U, 1996.

Novi, RosaLou. "Back Windows: The Other Side of Louisa May Alcott." Thesis (MA). State U of New York at New Paltz, 1985.

O'Connell, Lori Ann. "Louisa May Alcott and the Nineteenth Century American Woman." Thesis (MA). Clark U, 1993.

Paulson, Amy. "`Full of Care and Work': Louisa May Alcott, Walt Whitman and the American Civil War." Thesis (MA). George Washington U, 1997.

Power, Maureen Jeannette. "The Merging of Louisa May Alcott's `Double Literary Life'." Thesis (MA). Georgetown U, 1989.

Reed, Carrel J. "The Golden Goose: Louisa May Alcott's Writing Career." Thesis (MA). Sam Houston State U, 1982.

Roe, Christie Kirkman. "Alcott, Phelps and Chopin: Response in Their Life and Work to the Evolving Religious Climate." Thesis (MA). Arizona State U, 1997.

Samols, Michael David. "To the `Earthquake': Louisa May Alcott and Her Entrapment in a Genre." Thesis (BA). Harvard U, 1986.

Sarsam, Vivian E. "Feminism and Louisa May Alcott's Stories for Girls." Thesis (MA). South Dakota State U, 1973.

Sathe, Nila Anand. "Echoes of Influence: Margaret Fuller and Louisa May Alcott." Thesis (MA). U of South Carolina, 1997.

Schaaf, Joanne Meis. "Her Moods in Relation to Her Work: Louisa May Alcott's Problematic Feminism." Thesis (MA). Villanova U, 1996.

Stern, Gillian. "`The Sweetness of Self-Denial and Self-Control': Coming of Age in Victorian Girls' Fiction." Thesis (BA). Harvard U, 1983.

Stevens, Lydia. "Transcendentalism in Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and Little Men." Thesis (MA). West Georgia College, 1988.

Sullivan, Mary C. "The Philosopher in the Kitchen: A Study of the Maternal Influence of Abigail May Alcott." Thesis (MA). Simmons College, 1997.

Sweeney, Jennifer Meagan. "The Patchwork of Louisa May Alcott." Thesis (MA). George Washington U, 1998.

Talbott, Wanda T. "Strength Within--Love: The Story within the Story." Thesis (MA). Longwood College, 1996.

Wells, Kimberly A. "Transcendental Actress: Louisa May Alcott and the Roles of a Lifetime." Thesis (MA). Southwest Texas State U, 1998. URL: http://www.womenwriters.net/domesticgoddess/thesis.htm]

Williams, Kelly Diane. "There Is No Truth in You: Masking and Identity in Louisa May Alcott's A Long Fatal Love Chase." Thesis (BA). U of Southern Mississippi, 1997.

Wilkie, Richard Francis. "A Study of Louisa May Alcott with Special Reference to German Influences." Thesis (MA). U of Washington, 1936.

Wood, Sharon Elizabeth. "The Inspiration of Necessity: Conflicting Values in the Art of Louisa May Alcott." Thesis (BA). Coe College, 1980.

Wright, Denise Anton. "The Marches Through Time: Film Versions of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women." Thesis (MS). Illinois State U, 1998.

Young, Elizabeth. "`Gorgeous Fancies': Louisa May Alcott, the Female Gothic, and Nineteenth-Century Women Readers." Thesis (BA). Harvard U, 1986.

Zavalas, Stacey Marie. "Scribbling on the Angel." Thesis (BA). Drew U, 1998.

Web Sites

As one might expect, the World Wide Web includes many pages devoted to Louisa May Alcott. I used Google and NorthernLight to locate a number of useful sites. Evaluation is necessary with Internet resources, of course, and many of the pages located are not suitable for research. Some web authors do little to no citation of sources, while other web sites are brief reports of class projects from elementary schools on up through college. To see the whole range of sites available, visit Google (www.google.com).

These sites are active as of June 2000, but please remember that web sites may disappear, change address or change sponsors from one day to the next.

Alcott Web http://www.alcottweb.com/ A wonderful site with lots of online full-text versions of Louisa May Alcott works, photos, biographical information and much more.

Welcome to Orchard House http://www.louisamayalcott.org/ The "official" Louisa May Alcott site, this page provides information about Orchard House, the museum there, and the events that take place there. A virtual tour is available for those not near Concord, and the site also provides biographical information about the Alcott family.

Louisa May Alcott http://www.tetranet.net/users/stolbert/alcott/lma_main.html Includes a biographical essay, listings of her works and several sections under construction.

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/ALCOTT/LWHP.html This is the University of Virginia's site, with the full-text of Little Women. The site also offers biographical information, a bibliography of selected readings and chapter summaries.

Louisa May Alcott: Teacher Resource File http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/alcott.htm A great collection of links to biographical information, electronic texts, lesson plans and ERIC documents.

Louisa May Alcott & Bronson Alcott http://www.gonzaga.edu/faculty/campbell/enl311/alcott.htm Includes links to other sites and to electronic texts.

Schafer, Nancy Imelda. "The Life and Works of Louisa May Alcott." http://www.empirezine.com/spotlight/alcott/alcott.htm Article about Louisa May Alcott in the Empire e-zine.

Sources Consulted

Dissertation Abstracts (First Search)

Humanities Index (WilsonWeb)

MLA International Bibliography (Silver Platter/WebSpirs)

OCLC (First Search)

MacDonald, Ruth K. Louisa May Alcott. Boston: Twayne, 1983.

Stern, Madeleine B. Louisa May Alcott: A Biography. Rev. ed. New York: Random House, 1996.

paper published: October 1, 2000