English & American Literature

Mary Jo Bang Celebration

By joelminor on December 21, 2018

On November 30, 2018, Washington University celebrated Mary Jo Bang–her work as a poet, English professor and artist, and her extensive collection of manuscripts, books, journals, photographs and other research materials in the Julian Edison Department of Special Collections. The event star...

Self-Portrait with Others – A Celebration of Mary Jo Bang

By Analeah Rosen on November 28, 2018

Poet and Washington University Professor Mary Jo Bang has spent over thirty years writing, publishing, and teaching poetry. On November 30th, Special Collections will celebrate the inclusion of Bang’s papers in the Modern Literature Collection with “Mary Jo Bang: Self-Portrait with Others.&...

Joy Williams’ Second Novel, Forty Years Later

By Analeah Rosen on October 10, 2018

Joy Williams’ second novel, The Changeling, has been reissued to much acclaim by Tin House Books with a new introduction by Karen Russell. Upon its initial publication forty years ago, however, few but her devoted fans would have foreseen this 180-degree turn in critical reception. That’s because...

Joy Williams Papers Now Available For Research

By William Youngblood on September 4, 2018

The Julian Edison Department of Special Collections is pleased to announce that the Joy Williams Papers are now available to researchers. The papers, bringing together five decades of materials, including manuscript drafts for Williams’ four novels, five story collections and unpublished wo...

Periodicals from Around the World Collection

By Matthew on July 31, 2018

The Periodicals from Around the World collection is comprised of titles with international interest, published within and outside of the United States, from 1691-1880. The titles represent the continued influence of colonialism on literature, fashions, and politics throughout the world. The colle...

Periodicals of the British Empire and Its Colonies Collection

By Matthew on July 31, 2018

The Periodicals of the British Empire and Its Colonies Collection documents literature of the British Empire, specifically focusing on colonial North America. Many of the periodicals were printed in Europe, Canada or appear as publications reissued in America. A few titles come from Asia. Notable...

Historical Political Periodicals Collection

By Matthew on July 31, 2018

This collection of periodicals documents the politics and major political movements in the United States in the 19th Century. These periodicals cover a range of political affiliations, from Republicans to radicals, and Confederates to communists. The specific collections include American Politica...

Literary Periodicals from American Antiquarian Society (AAS)

By Array on July 31, 2018

This collection contains periodicals covering American literary trends and traditions such as American Literary Periodicals, 1782-1834 which focuses on American literary movement and higher forms of literature and literary criticism, as it distinguished itself from European literary traditions, A...

American Foreign Language Periodicals Collection

By Matthew on July 31, 2018

This collection includes periodicals published in foreign languages primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries. These publications cut across subjects such as religion, literature, and politics, and both speak to and reflect the interests and concerns of the immigrant and ethnic communities of th...