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Note: This bibliography is a work in progress. Please contact the site administrator if your work on Davis has been overlooked. This bibliography was compiled by Jency Wilson in 2021 and is maintained by the site director.  It draws on earlier bibliographies created by Donna Campbell (see http://donnamcampbell.net/amlit/davisrh.html) and Robin L. Cadwallader.


Gardner, Sarah E. "Reconstructing Race," Race in American Literature and Culture, edited by John Ernest, Cambridge UP, 2022, pp. 119-32.

Kelly, Sean. "'Nothing beneath--all?': Rebecca Harding Davis' Critique of Possessive Inidividualism in 'Life in the Iron-Mills." ESQ, vol. 68, no. 2, 2022, pp. 361-302. www.jstor.stable/10.1353/esq.2022.005.

Renfroe, Alicia Mischa. "From 'facts' to 'pictures': Rebecca Harding Davis and Civil War Memory," The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American Civil War and Reconstruction, edited by Kathleen Diffley and Coleman Hutchinson, Cambridge UP, 2022, 151-68.

---. "Rebecca Harding Davis and Early Women's Detective Fiction." Historical Crime Fiction, special issue of Clues: A Journal of Detection, edited by Rosemary Erickson Johnsen, vol. 40, no. 1, 2022, 14-25.


Renfroe, Alicia Mischa. "'That Dim Abode': Uncanny Region in Davis's 'The Tragedy of Fauquier," American Women's Regionalist Fiction: Mapping the Gothic, edited by Monika Ebert and Rita Bode, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, pp. 157-75.

Vernon, Adam Stone. “Troubling Ideals: Rebecca Harding Davis and the Consequences of Industrialization in Life in the Iron Mills.” American Literary Realism, vol. 53, no. 3, 2021, pp. 210–229. www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/amerlitereal.53.3.0210.


Basso, Vincent M. “‘Novelist Howells Visits His Old Home’: A Newly Recovered Interview with W. D. Howells.” American Literary Realism, vol. 52, no. 3, 2020, pp. 264–268. www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/amerlitereal.52.3.0264.

Cadwallader, Robin L. and Alicia Mischa Renfroe. “Rebecca Harding Davis [Special Section].” Womens Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 49, no. 7, 2020, pp. 693-7.

Cadwallader, Robin L. “Rebecca Harding Davis: Preserving History through the Art of Literary Journalism.” Womens Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 49, no. 7, 2020, pp. 719-35. doi: 10.1080/00497878.2020.1804906

DeGrasse, Carol. “‘Blocks of This Korl’: Substance as Feminist Symbol in ‘Life in the Iron-Mills.’” Womens Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 49, no. 7, pp. 736-47. doi: 10.1080/00497878.2020.1803863.

Gray, Sarah. “‘Am I Dead Now?’: Confronting Gothic Realities of Coverture in Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘The Second Life.’” Womens Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 49, no. 7, pp. 766-81. doi: 10.1080/00497878.2020.1803868.

Ledford, Katherine, et al., editors. “Rebecca Harding Davis: 1831–1910.” Writing Appalachia: An Anthology, UP Kentucky, 2020, pp. 72–86. www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctvv411qc.18.

Rovan, Aaron J. “‘I Am to Others What I Am to Myself’: Religion, Charity, and Fraud in Rebecca Harding Davis’s A Law Unto Herself.” Womens Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 49, no. 7, pp. 782-97. doi: 10.1080/00497878.2020.1803866.

Steinrotter, Vanessa. “‘To Hold Time and Place Together’: The Power of Material Objects in Rebecca Harding Davis’s Civil War Stories.” Womens Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 49, no. 7, pp. 699-718. doi:10.1080/00497878.2020.1803867.

Zibrak, Arielle. “Mimesis and ‘the Man Marriage’: Protesting Marital Rape in Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘The Second Life.’” Womens Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 49, no. 5–8, July 2020, pp. 748–765. doi:10.1080/00497878.2020.1803864.


Forster, Sophia. “The Feminine Origins of American Literary Realism.” The Oxford Handbook of American Literary Realism, edited by Keith Newlin, Oxford UP, 2019, pp. 65–82.

Jamil, S.Selina. “Fragments in ‘Life in the Iron-Mills.’” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews, vol. 32, no. 3, 2019, pp. 169–176. doi:10.1080/0895769X.2018.1537184. doi: 10.1080/0895769X.2018.1537184.

Seitler, Dana. Reading Sideways: The Queer Politics of Art in Modern American Fiction. Fordham UP, 2019.


Cadwallader, Robin L. “Rebecca Harding Davis, Louisa May Alcott, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: Saving the World by Reclaiming Caritas.” Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature, edited by Allison Giffen and Robin L. Cadwallader, Routledge, 2018, pp. 113–135.

Gray, Sarah B. “A Life Less Gothic: Gothic Literature, Dark Reform, and the Nineteenth-Century American Periodical Press.” ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, vol. 78, no. 9, ProQuest, 2018.

Harris, Sharon M. Rebecca Harding Davis: A Life Among Writers. West Virginia UP, 2018.

Johnson, Kara Arlene. “Penelopian Figures: Narratives of Work and Resistance in American Literature, 1840-1900.” ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, vol. 79, no. 3, ProQuest, 2018.

Shindelar, Sherry R. “Will You…? I Will… and I Do: Re-Envisioning Matrimony in Civil War-Era Literature.” ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, vol. 79, no. 1, ProQuest, 2018.

Wohlmann, Anita. “Naturalist Sentimentalism: Ageing Between Hopefulness and Decline in Rebecca Harding Davis’s Short Fiction.” European Journal of English Studies, vol. 22, no. 1, 2018, pp. 28–45. doi:10.1080/13825577.2018.1427202.


Bordelon, David. “Blackpool on the Picket Line: Hard Times Goes Viral in Nineteenth-Century America.” Studies in the Novel, vol. 49, no. 1, 2017, pp. 49–68. doi:10.1353/sdn.2017.0002.

Burrough, Xtine, and Sabrina Starnaman. “A Digital Korl Woman: Students and Workers Recover the Spirit of Life in the Iron Mills from the Digital Factory to the Classroom.” Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, vol. 27, no. 2, 2017, pp. 121–141. doi:10.5325/trajincschped.27.2.0121.

Marshall, Bridget M. “‘There Is a Secret Down Here, in This Nightmare Fog’: Urban-Industrial Gothic in Nineteenth-Century American Periodicals.” Womens Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 46, no. 5–8, 2017, pp. 767–784. doi:10.1080/00497878.2017.1392794.

Mazurek, Raymond A. “Rebecca Harding Davis, Tillie Olsen, and Working-Class Representation.” College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies, vol. 44, no. 3, 2017, pp. 436–458. doi:10.1353/lit.2017.0022.

Renfroe, Alicia Mischa. “The Specter and the Spectator: Rebecca harding Davis’s ‘The Second Life’ and the Naturalist Gothic.” Haunting Realities: Naturalist Gothic and American Realism. Edited by Monika Elbert and Wendy Ryden. U of Alabama P, 2017, pp. 205-218.

Tharp, Allison. “‘There Is a Secret down Here …’: Physical Containment and Social Instruction in Rebecca Harding Davis’s Life in the Iron Mills.” Journal of Narrative Theory, vol. 47, no. 1, 2017, pp. 1–25. doi:10.1353/jnt.2017.0000.

Tomc, Sandra. “‘A Form of Life in Which Art Is Not Art’: ‘Life in the Iron Mills’ and the Artist as Worker in the Nineteenth-Century United States.” American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography, vol. 89, no. 3, 2017, pp. 497–527. doi:10.1215/00029831-4160870.


Bald, Emily K. “The Art of Habit: Temporal Conflict in Davis’ Iron Mills.” The Oracle of the Tiny Finger Snap of Time: A Study of Novels with a Specific Time Culture. Edited by Pauline Winsome Beard, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016, pp. 1–20.

Campbell, Donna M. Bitter Tastes: Literary Naturalism and Early Cinema in American Womens Writing. U of Georgia P, 2016.

Pala Mull, Çiğdem. “The Ethics and Politics of Industrial Capitalism in ‘Life in the Iron Mills.’” Uluslararası Hakemli İletişim ve Edebiyat Araştırmaları Dergisi/International Peer-Reviewed Journal of Communication and Humanities Research, vol. 11, 2016, pp. 194–206.

Partenza, Paola. “Paesaggi Della Marginalità in America e Gran Bretagna: I Bagliori Delle ‘City of Fires’ in Life in the Iron Mills Di Rebecca Harding Davis e Lo Stridìo Delle ‘Iron Wheels’ in ‘The Cry of the Children’ Di Elizabeth Barrett Browning.” Il Paesaggio Americano e Le Sue Rappresentazioni Nel Discorso Letterario. Edited by Carlo Martinez, Edizioni Universitarie di Lettere Economia Diritto, 2016, pp. 71–95.

Scriptunas, Melanie. “Rebecca Harding Davis and the Politics of Postbellum Tourism in Southern Appalachia.” Appalachian Journal, vol. 43, no. 3/4, 2016, pp. 192–222. www.jstor.org/stable/26341123.

Tomaszek, Therese. “Rebecca Harding Davis: Reluctant Feminist or Resolute Advocate.” Interdisciplinary Humanities, vol. 33, no. 2, 2016, pp. 50–55.

Turpin, Zachary. “Seventy-Three Uncollected Short Works by Rebecca Harding Davis: A Bibliography.” Tulsa Studies in Womens Literature, vol. 35, no. 1, 2016, pp. 229–252.


Davis, Rebecca Harding. A Law Unto Herself. Edited by Alicia Mischa Renfroe. U of Nebraska P, 2015.

West, Michael D. “Romantic Irony in the Short Fiction of Rebecca Harding Davis.” American Literary Realism, vol. 47, no. 3, 2015, pp. 235–249. doi:10.5406/amerlitereal.47.3.0235.


Christ, Birte. “The New Poverty Studies: Current Concerns and Challenges.” Key Concepts and New Topics in English and American Studies/Schlüsselkonzepte Und Neue Themen in Der Anglistik Und Amerikanistik, edited by Ansgar Nünning and Elizabeth Kovach, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier (WVT), 2014, pp. 31–54.

De Santis, Christopher C. “Southern Reconstruction and the Rhetoric of Enlightened Paternalism in Rebecca Harding Davis’s Waiting for the Verdict.” CLA Journal, vol. 57, no. 3, Mar. 2014, pp. 210–223.

Dolan, Emily I. “Rebecca Harding Davis and the Troubled Conclusion.” American Literary Realism, vol. 46, no. 3, 2014, pp. 251–267. doi:10.5406/amerlitereal.46.3.0251.

Seitler, Dana. “Strange Beauty: The Politics of Ungenre in Rebecca Harding Davis’s Life in the Iron Mills.” American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography, vol. 86, no. 3, Sept. 2014, pp. 523–549. doi:10.1215/00029831-2717398.

Talley, Sharon. Southern Women Novelists and the Civil War: Trauma and Collective Memory in the American Literary Tradition since 1861. U of Tennessee P, 2014.

Zibrak, Arielle. “Writing Behind a Curtain: Rebecca Harding Davis and Celebrity Reform.” ESQ: A Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, vol. 60, no. 4 [237], 2014, pp. 522–556. doi: 10.1353/esq.2014.0017.


Brown, Bill. “The Origin of the American Work of Art.” American Literary History, vol. 25, no. 4, 2013, pp. 772–802. doi:10.1093/alh/ajt035.

Canada, Mark. “Rebecca Harding Davis’s Human Stories of the Civil War.” Southern Cultures, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 57-71. doi: 10.1353/scu.2013.0030.

Gatlin, Jill. “Disturbing Aesthetics: Industrial Pollution, Moral Discourse, and Narrative Form in Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron Mills.’” Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 68, no. 2, 2013, pp. 201-33. doi: 10.1525/ncl.2013.68.2.201.

Li, Wanlin. “Towards a Sentimental Rhetoric: A Rhetorical Reading of Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron Mills.’” Style: A Quarterly Journal of Aesthetics, Poetics, Stylistics, and Literary Criticism, vol. 47, no. 2, 2013, pp. 193–205.

Sammons, Benjamin G. “‘Come Right Down with Me’: Poverty, Agency, and Incarnational Reading in the Work of Rebecca Harding Davis.” Nineteenth-Century American Women Write Religion: Lived Theologies and Literature, edited by Mary McCartin Wearn, Ashgate Publishing Co., 2013, pp. 59–75.


Dowling, David. Literary Partnerships and the Marketplace: Writers and Mentors in Nineteenth-Century America. Louisiana State UP, 2012.

Etter, William M. American Literary-Political Engagements: From Poe to James. Cambridge Scholars, 2012.

Lawson, Andrew. Downwardly Mobile: The Changing Fortunes of American Realism. Oxford UP, 2012.

Martell, Colleen M. “Liberatory Embodiment: Love and the Body in the Works of American Women Writers, 1855-1945.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 72, no. 8, ProQuest, 2012, p. 2816.

Tharaud, Jerome. “Evangelical Space: Art, Experience, and the Ethical Landscape in America, 1820-1860.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 72, no. 9, ProQuest, 2012, p. 3270.


Harris, Sharon M. “The Anatomy of Complicity: Rebecca Harding Davis, Petersons Magazine, and the Civil War.” Tulsa Studies in Womens Literature, vol. 20, no. 2, 2011, pp. 291-315.

—.“Rebecca Harding Davis' Kitty's Choice and the Disabled Woman Physician." American Literary Realism, vol. 44, no. 1, 2011, pp. 23-45. doi: 10.5406/amerlitereal.44.1.0023.

Marsh, John. “The Literature of Poverty, The Poverty of Literature Classes.” College English, vol. 73, no. 6, 2011, pp. 604–627. www.jstor.org/stable/23052364.

Showalter, Elaine. The Vintage Book of American Women Writers. Vintage Books, 2011.


Dowling, David. “Davis, Inc.: The Business of Asylum Reform in the Periodical Press.” American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography, vol. 20, no. 1, 2010, pp. 23-45. doi: 10.1353/amp.0.0039.

Harris, Sharon M., and Robin L. Cadwallader.  Rebecca Harding Daviss Stories of the Civil War Era: Selected Writings from the Borderlands. U of Georgia P, 2010.

Floyd, Janet. "'Magnificent Equipment': Body, Sound and Space in the Representation of the Female Singer." Becoming Visible: Womens Presence in Late Nineteenth-Century America. Edited by Floyd, Janet, et al. Brill/Rodolpi, 2010, pp. 201-217.

Navarre, Evelyn. “In Labor Her Best Teacher: Nineteenth-Century Women's Work as a Transcendentalist Bildungsroman.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 71, no. 2, 2010, p. 602.

Sohn, Jeonghee. "[Feminizing Class?: Alienation and Reform in Margret Howth and the Silent Partner]." British and American Fiction to 1900, vol.17, no. 1, 2010, pp. 29-55.


Block, Shelley R. “Nineteenth-Century Literary Women and the Temperance Tradition: Temperance Rhetoric in the Fiction of Lydia Sigourney, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Rebecca Harding Davis and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 70, no. 3,  2009, p. 869.

Dowling, David. Capital Letters: Authorship in the Antebellum Literary Market. U of Iowa P, 2009.


Dow, William. Narrating Class in American Fiction. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Palmer, Stephanie C. Together by Accident: American Local Color Literature and the Middle Class. Lexington Books, 2008.

Stoner, Ruth. “Sexing the Narrator: Gender in Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron-Mills.’” Scribbling Women & the Short Story Form: Approaches by American & British Women Writers.  Edited by Ellen Burton Harrington. Peter Lang, 2008, pp. 28-36.


Amper, Susan. “Broken Silence: Teaching Deborah’s Untold Story in Life in the Iron Mills.” Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice, vol. 1, no. 4, 2007, pp. 1-8. http://www.cpcc.edu/taltp.

Dingledine, Don.  “Romances of Reconstruction: The Postwar Marriage Plot in Rebecca Harding Davis and John William De Forest.”  Back to Peace: Reconciliation and Retribution in the Postwar Period.  Edited by Aránzazu Usandizaga and Andrew Monnickendam.  U of Notre Dame P, 2007, pp. 147-59.


Harris, Sharon M., et al., editors. “Rebecca Harding Davis (1831 – 1910).” Kindred Hands: Letters on Writing by British and American Women Authors, 1865-1935, U of Iowa P, 2006, pp. 59–70. www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt20ks11z.6.

Rozelle, Lee. Ecosublime: Environmental Awe and Terror from New World to Oddworld. U of Alabama P, 2006.

Schocket, Eric. Vanishing Moments: Class and American Literature. Class: Culture. U of Michigan P, 2006.


Davis, Rebecca Harding. “From Bits of Gossip (1904).” Alcott in Her Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of Her Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates, edited by Daniel Shealy, U of Iowa P, 2005, pp. 124–125. www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt20ks083.27.

Krentz, Christopher. "A 'Vacant Receptacle'? Blind Tom, Cognitive Difference, and Pedagogy." PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, vol. 120, no. 2, 2005, pp. 552-57.

Treis, Alina Mildred. “Literary Woman, Private Person: Rebecca Harding Davis and Her Heart and Hearth Ideology.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 65, no. 9, ProQuest, Mar. 2005, p. 3390.

Womack, Whitney A.  “Reforming Women’s Reform Literature: Rebecca Harding Davis’s Rewriting of the Industrial Novel.” Our Sisters Keepers: Nineteenth-Century Benevolence Literature by American Women. Edited by Jill Bergman and Debra Bernardi. U of Alabama P, 2005, pp. 105-31.


Allego, Donna M. "Genevieve Taggard's Sentimental Marxism in Calling Western Union." College Literature, vol. 31, no. 1, 2004, pp. 27-51. https://www.jstor.org/stable/25115172.

Cadwallader, Robin L. “‘For Love’s Sake’: Literature as an Appeal for Kindness or the Benevolent Work of Three Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol 65, no. 2, 2004, pp. 513.

Miles, Caroline S. “Representing and Self-Mutilating the Laboring Male Body: Re-Examining Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron Mills.’” American Transcendental Quarterly, vol.18, no. 2, 2004, pp. 90-104.

Rutkowski, Alice. “Imagined Equality: Fictional Solutions to the Problem of Race in Early Reconstruction.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 64, no. 10, 2004, pp. 3689-90.

Sonstegard, Adam. “Shaping a Body of One’s Own: Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron-Mills’ and Waiting for the Verdict.” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory, vol. 60, no. 1, 2004, pp. 99-124. doi: 10.1353/arq.2004.0018.

Stoner, Ruth.  “From Private Prostitute to Political New Woman: The Nineteenth-Century Actress in the Fiction of Rebecca Harding Davis.” Womens Contribution to Nineteenth-Century American Theatre. Ed tied by Miriam López Rodríguez and María Dolores Narbona Carrión. Biblioteca Javier Coy d’Estudis Nord-Americans. U de València, 2004, pp.153-68.

Tomaszek, Terri. “Feminist Values for the 21st Century: Re-Reading the Essays of Rebecca Harding Davis.” Re-Reading America: Changes and Challenges.  Edited by Weihe Zhong and Rui Han. Reardon, 2004, pp. 351-55.


Davis, Rebecca Harding. “‘A Little Gossip’ (1900).” Emerson in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, edited by Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson, U of Iowa P, 2003, pp. 209–212. www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt20q1xhj.43.

Davis, Rebecca Harding. “Rebecca Harding Davis: (June 24, 1831–September 29, 1910).” Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia, edited by Sandra L. Ballard and Patricia L. Hudson, UP of Kentucky, 2003, pp. 162–167. www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt2jcf21.31.

Dow, William. “Performative Passages: Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron Mills,’ Crane’s Maggie, and Norris’s McTeague.”  Twisted from the Ordinary: Essays on American Literary Naturalism, edited by Mary E. Papke. U of Tennessee P, 2003, pp. 23-44.

Fulton, Joe B. “Sounding the ‘Muddy Depth of Soul-History’: Johann Gottlieb Fichte’s Influence on Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron-Mills.’” South Atlantic Review, vol. 68, no. 4, 2003, pp. 38-61. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3201474.

Goodling, Sara Britton.  “The Silent Partnership: Naturalism and Sentimentalism in the Novels of Rebecca Harding Davis and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps.” Twisted from the Ordinary: Essays on American Literary Naturalism, dited by Mary E. Papke. U of Tennessee P, 2003, pp. 1-22.

Lasseter, Janice Milner. “The Censored and Uncensored Literary Lives of ‘Life in the Iron Mills.’” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, vol. 20, no.1-2, 2003, pp. 175-90. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25679455.

Luna, Rosa Muñoz. “Pioneering Feminism: Deborah’s Role in ‘Life in the Iron-Mills.’” Grove: Working Papers on English Studies, vol. 10, no.1, 2003, pp. 101-10.

Miller, Jeffrey W. “‘A Desolate, Shabby Home’: Rebecca Harding Davis, Margret Howth, and Domestic Ideology.”  American Transcendental Quarterly, vol. 17, no. 4, 2003, pp. 259-79.

Novak, Terry. “Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910).”  Writers of the American Renaissance: An A-to-Z Guide.  Edited by Denise D. Knight. Greenwood, 2003, pp. 81-86.

Silver, Andrew. “‘Unnatural Unions’: Picturesque Travel, Sexual Politics, and Working-Class Representation in ‘A Night under Ground’ and ‘Life in the Iron-Mills’.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, vol. 20, no. 1-2, 2003, pp. 94-117. https://www.jstor.org/stable/25679451.


Knadler, Stephen.  “‘Miscegenated Whiteness’: Rebecca Harding Davis, the ‘Civilizing’ War, and Female Racism.” Nineteenth-Century Literature, vol. 57, no.1, 2002, pp. 64-99. doi: 10.1525/ncl.2002.57.1.64.

Mock, Michele L. “Woman, Nature, and the White Plague: Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘The Yares of the Black Mountains: A True Story.’” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, vol. 19, no. 2, 2002, pp. 152-69. https://www.jstor.org/stable/25679426.

Robinson, Jennifer Meta. “Writing before the Ending: Art and Gender in the Work of Rebecca Harding Davis.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 62, no. 8, ProQuest, 2002, p. 2764.

Stoner, Ruth. “Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘Second Life’; or ‘Her Hands Could Be Trained as Well as His.’” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 19.1 (2002): 44-52. https://www.jstor.org/stable/25679412.

Watson, William L. “‘These Mill-Hands Are Gettin’ Onbearable”: The Logic of Class Formation in Life in the Iron Mills by Rebecca Harding Davis.’” Women’s Studies Quarterly, vol. 26, no. 1–2, Apr. 1998, p. 116.

Yang, Seokwon. "[Between Two Classes: Labor, Religion, and Art in Life in the Iron-Mills]." British and American Fiction to 1900, vol. 9, no. 1, 2002, pp. 53-79.


Davis, Rebecca Harding, Janice Milner Lasseter, and Sharon M. Harris. Rebecca Harding Davis: Writing Cultural Autobiography. Vanderbilt UP, 2001.

Lasseter, Janice Milner. “Rebecca Harding Davis.”   DLB: American Women Prose Writers, 1820-1870.  Edited by Amy E. Hudock and Katharine Rodier. Gale, 2001. 55-70.

Long, Lisa A.  “The Postbellum Reform Writings of Rebecca Harding Davis and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps.”  The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Women's Writing.  Edited by Dale M. Bauer and Philip Gould. Cambridge UP, 2001. 262-83.

Mock, Michele L. “‘An Ardor That Was Human, and a Power That Was Art’: Rebecca Harding Davis and the Art of the Periodical.” “The Only Efficient Instrument: American Women Writers and the Periodical, 1837-1916.  Edited by Aleta Feinsod Cane and Susan Alves. U of Iowa P, 2001, pp. 126-46.


Dingeldine, Don. “‘The Whole Drama of the War’: The African American Soldier in Civil War Literature.” PMLA, vol. 115, no. 5, 2000, 1113-1117. doi: 10.2307/463284.

Henwood, Dawn. “Voice from the Borderland: Rebecca Harding Davis and the Southern Roots of American Social Protest Fiction.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 61, no.1, ProQuest, 2000, p. 181.

Michele L. Mock. “‘A Message to Be Given’: The Spiritual Activism of Rebecca Harding Davis.” NWSA Journal, vol. 12, no. 1, 2000, pp. 44–67. www.jstor.org/stable/4316708.

Schocket, Eric. “‘Discovering Some New Race’: Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron Mills’ and the Literary Emergence of Working-Class Whiteness.” PMLA, vol. 115, no.1, 2000, pp. 46-59. doi: 10.2307/463230.

Tomaszek, Therese Marie.  ”Beyond the Rational: An Intersubjective Alternative to the Individual in the Fiction of Rebecca Harding Davis.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 60, no. 8, 2000, pp. 2930-31.

Waldron, Karen E. "No Separations in the City: The Public-Private Novel and Private-Public Authorship." Separate Spheres No More: Gender Convergence in American Literature, 1830-1930. Edited by Monika M. Elbert. U of Alabama P, 2000, pp. 92-113.


Bjornsson, Nina Gudrun. “Aliens Within: Immigrant, the Feminine, and American National Narrative.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 60, no. 4, ProQuest, Oct. 1999, p. 1128.

Dauber, Kenneth.  “Realistically Speaking: Authorship in the Late Nineteenth Century and Beyond.”  American Literary History, vol. 11, no. 2, 1999, pp. 378-90. doi: 10.1093/alh/11.2.378.

Doyle, Jennifer Barbara. “Sex, Money, and the Aesthetic Ideology of Realism.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 60, no. 11, ProQuest, 2000, p. 4009.

Henwood, Dawn. “Slaveries ‘In the Borders’: Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron Mills’ in Its Southern Context.” Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures, vol. 52, no.4, 1999, pp. 567-92.

Lasseter, Janice Milner. “Hawthorne’s Legacy to Rebecca Harding Davis.” Hawthorne and Women: Engendering and Expanding the Hawthorne Tradition. Edited by John L. Idol and Melinda M. Ponder. U of Massachusetts P, 1999, pp. 168-78.

—. “Hawthorne’s Stories and Rebecca Harding Davis: A Note.” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, vol. 25, no. 1, 1999, pp. 31-34.

Noe, Kenneth W.  “‘Deadened Color and Colder Horror’”: Rebecca Harding Davis and the Myth of Unionist Appalachia.”  Confronting Appalachian Stereotypes: Back Talk from an American Region.  Edited by Dwight B. Billings, Gurney Norman, and Katherine Ledford. UP of Kentucky, 1999, pp. 67-84.

Pratofiorito, Ellen C. “Selling the Vision: Marketability and Audience in Antebellum American Literature.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 59, no. 8, ProQuest, 1999, pp. 2986–2987.


Davis, Rebecca Harding. Life in the Iron-Mills. Edited by Cecelia Tichi. Bedford Cultural Editions. Bedford, 1998.

De Santis, Christopher C. “Southern Reconstruction and the Rhetoric of Enlightened Paternalism in Rebecca Harding Davis’s Waiting for the Verdict.” CLA Journal, vol. 41, no. 3, 1998, pp. 249-68.

Long, Lisa A. “Imprisoned in/at Home: Criminal Culture in Rebecca Harding Davis’ Margret Howth: A Story of To-day.” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory, vol. 54, no. 2, 1998, pp. 65-98. doi: 10.1353/arq.1998.0022.

Pfaelzer, Jean.  “Nature, Nurture, and Nationalism: ‘A Faded Leaf of History.’” Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Critical Reader.  Edited by Karen Kilcup. Wiley-Blackwell, 1998, pp. 112-27.


Doriani, Beth Maclay.  “New England Calvinism and the Problem of the Poor in Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron Mills.’” Literary Calvinism and Nineteenth-Century American Women Authors.  Edited by Michael Schuldiner.  Studies in Puritan American Spirituality (SPAS) 6. Mellen, 1997, pp. 179-224.

Hughes, Sheila Hassell. “Between Bodies of Knowledge There Is a Great Gulf Fixed: A Liberationist Reading of Class and Gender in ‘Life in the Iron Mills.’” American Quarterly, vol. 49, no. 1, 1997, pp. 113-37. doi: 10.1353/aq.1997.0008.

Long, Lisa A. “Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910).” Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Edited by Denise D. Knight and Emmanuel S. Nelson. Greenwood, 1997, pp. 88-98.

Mock, Michele L. “‘Led by a Woman’s Hand’: Rebecca Harding Davis’s Gendered Economies as a Countervoice to Philosophies of Culture and Art.”  Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 57, no. 10, 1997, p. 4371.

Pfaelzer, Jean. “Engendered Nature/Denatured History: ‘The Yares of Black Mountain’ by Rebecca Harding Davis.”  Speaking the Other Self: American Women Writers. Edited by Jeanne Campbell Reesman. U of Georgia P, 1997, pp. 229-45.


Morrison, Lucy. “The Search for the Artist in Man and Fulfillment in Life-Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron Mills.’” Studies in Short Fiction, vol. 33, no. 2, 1996, pp. 245-53.

Pfaelzer, Jean.  Parlor Radical: Rebecca Harding Davis and the Origins of American Social Realism. U of Pittsburgh P, 1996.

Thomson, Rosemarie. “Benevolent Maternalism and Physically Disabled Figures: Dilemmas of Female Embodiment in Stowe, Davis, and Phelps.” American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography, vol. 68, no. 3, 1996, pp. 555-61. doi: 10.2307/2928244.


Dingledine, Donald, editor. Waiting for the Verdict. NCUP, 1995.

Hood, Richard A. “Framing a ‘Life in the Iron Mills.’” Studies in American Fiction, vol. 23, no.1, 1995, pp. 73-84. doi: 10.1353/saf.1995.0006.

Lasseter, Janice Milner. “‘Boston in the Sixties’: Rebecca Harding Davis’s View of Boston and Concord during the Civil War.” Concord Saunterer, vol. 3, no. 1, 1995, pp. 64-86.

Pfaelzer, Jean, editor. A Rebecca Harding Davis Reader. U of Pittsburgh P, 1995.


Curnutt, Kirk. “Direct Addresses, Narrative Authority, and Gender in Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron Mills.’” Style, vol. 28, no. 2, 1994, pp. 146-68.

Pfaelzer, Jean. "Subjectivity as Feminist Utopia." Utopian and Science Fiction by Women: Worlds of Difference. Edited by Jane L. Donawerth et. al. Syracuse UP, 1994, pp. 93-106.

Scheiber, Andrew J. “An Unknown Infrastructure: Gender, Production, and Aesthetic Exchange in Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘Life in the Iron-Mills.’” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, vol. 11, no. 2, 1994, pp. 101-17. https://www.jstor.org/stable/25679129.


Buckley, J. F.  “Living in the Iron Mills: A Tempering of Nineteenth-Century America’s Orphic Poet.”  Journal of American Culture, vol. 16, no. 1, 1993, pp. 67-72. doi: 10.1111/j.1542-734x.1993.1601_67.x.

Rose, Jane Atteridge. Rebecca Harding Davis. Macmillan, 1993.


Boudreau, Kristin. “‘The Woman’s Flesh of Me’: Rebecca Harding Davis’s Response to Self-Reliance.”  American Transcendental Quarterly, vol. 6, no. 2, 1992, pp. 132-40.

Lang, Amy Schrager.  “Class and the Strategies of Sympathy.”  The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in 19th Century America.  Edited by Shirley Samuels. Oxford UP, 1992, pp. 128-42.

Pfaelzer, Jean. “Domesticity and the Discourse of Slavery: ‘John Lamar’ and ‘Blind Tom’ by Rebecca Harding Davis.”  ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, vol. 38, no. 1, 1992, pp.31-56.

Rose, Jane Atteridge. “Images of Self: The Example of Rebecca Harding Davis and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.” English Language Notes, vol. 29, no. 4, 1992, pp. 70-78.

Vallas, Stacey Ann. “Embodying the Unspeakable in Melville, Hawthorne, and Davis.”  Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 52, no. 9, 1992, p. 328.


Harris, Sharon M.  Rebecca Harding Davis and American Realism. U of Pennsylvania P, 1991.

—. “Redefining the Feminine: Women and Work in Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘In the Market.’” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, vol. 8, no. 2, 1991, pp. 118-32. https://www.jstor.org/stable/25684429.

Rose, Jane Atteridge.  “The Artist Manqué in the Fiction of Rebecca Harding Davis.”  Writing the Woman Artist: Essays on Poetics, Politics, and Portraiture.  Edited by Suzanne W. Jones. U of Pennsylvania P, 1991, pp. 155-74.

Seltzer, Mark. "The Still Life." American Literary History, vol. 3, no. 3, 1991, pp. 455-86. doi: 10.1093/alh/3.3.455

Shurr, William H. “‘Life in the Iron-Mills’: A Nineteenth-Century Conversion Narrative.” American Transcendental Quarterly, vol. 5, no. 4, 1991, pp. 245-57.


Bauermeister, Erica Rechtin. “In a Different Context: Rereading Works by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Maria Cummins, and Rebecca Harding Davis.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 50, no. 10, ProQuest, 1990, p. 3225A.

Diamond, Nina. “1861 Revolution in the Atlantic: A Contextual Analysis of ‘Life in the Iron Mills.’” Wittenberg Review, vol. 1, no. 1, 1990, pp. 19-29.

Pfaelzer, Jean. “Legacy Profile: Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910).” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, vol. 7, no. 2, 1990, pp. 39-45. https://www.jstor.org/stable/25684397.

Rose, Jane Atteridge. “A Bibliography of Fiction and Non-Fiction by Rebecca Harding Davis.” American Literary Realism, vol. 22, no. 3, 1990, pp. 67-86. https://www.jstor.org/stable/27746417.

—. “Reading ‘Life in the Iron-Mills’ Contextually: A Key to Rebecca Harding Davis’s Fiction.”  Conversations: Contemporary Critical Theory and the Teaching of Literature. Edited by Charles Moran and Elizabeth F. Penfield. Nat. Council of Teachers of Eng., 1990, pp. 187-99.

Wolff, Cynthia Griffin, et al. Four Stories by American Women: Rebecca Harding Davis, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sarah Orne Jewett, Edith Wharton. Penguin, 1990.

Yellin, Jean Fagan. “The ‘Feminization’ of Rebecca Harding Davis.” American Literary History, vol. 2, no. 2, 1990, pp. 203-19. doi: 10.1093/alh/2.2.203.

—, editor. Margaret Howth: A Story of To-Day. Feminist Press at CUNY, 1990.


Harris, Sharon M. “Rebecca Harding Davis: From Romanticism to Realism.” American Literary Realism, vol. 21, no. 2, 1989, pp. 4-20. https://www.jstor.org/stable/27746342.

—. “Rebecca Harding Davis in the Context of American Literary Realism/Naturalism.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 50, no. 1, ProQuest, 1989, pp. 139-40A.

Molyneaux, Maribel Waldo. “Women and Work: On the Margins of the Marketplace.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 49, no. 9, ProQuest, Mar. 1989, p. 2670A–2671A.

Nocera, Gigliola. "Il Paesaggio Sconvolto: L'eterna Notte Di Life in the Iron Mills Di Rebecca Harding Davies." RSA: Rivista di Studi Anglo-Americani, vol. 5, no. 7, 1989, pp. 77-85.

Pfaelzer, Jean. “The Sentimental Promise and the Utopian Myth: Rebecca Harding Davis’s ‘The Harmonists’ and Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Transcendental Wild Oats.’” American Transcendental Quarterly, vol. 3, no. 1, 1989, pp. 85-99.

Rose, Jane Atteridge. “The Fiction of Rebecca Harding Davis: A Palimpsest of Domestic Ideology beneath a Surface of Realism.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 49, no. 9, 1989, p. 2661A.


Buchanan, Laurie, and Laura Ingram.  “Rebecca Harding Davis.”  DLB: American Short-Story Writers before 1880.  Edited by Bobby Ellen Kimbel and William E. Grant. Gale, 1988, pp. 92-96.

Harris, Sharon M. “Rebecca Harding Davis: A Continuing Misattribution.”  Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, vol. 5, no. 1, 1988, pp. 33-34. https://www.jstor.org/stable/25679014.

Harris, Sharon M. "Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910): A Bibliography of Secondary Criticism, 1958-1986." Bulletin of Bibliography, vol. 45, no. 4, 1988, pp. 233-46.


Pfaelzer, Jean, ed. and introd. "'Marcia' by Rebecca Harding Davis." Legacy, vol. 4, no. 1, 1987, pp. 3-10.


Malpezzi, Frances M. “Sisters in Protest: Rebecca Harding Davis and Tillie Olsen.” RE: Artes Liberales, vol. 12, no. 2, 1986, pp. 1-9.


Olsen, Tillie, editor. Life in the Iron Mills and Other Stories. Feminist Press, 1985.


James, Henry.  “Rebecca Harding Davis.”  Literary Criticism: Vol. 1: Essays on Literature, American Writers, English Writers.  Library of America, 1984, pp. 218-29.


Pfaelzer, Jean. “Rebecca Harding Davis: Domesticity, Social Order, and the Industrial Novel.” International Journal of Womens Studies, vol. 4, no. 3, 1981, pp. 234-44.


Andrews, William L.  The Literary Career of Charles W. Chesnutt.  Louisiana State UP, 1980.

Goodman, Charlotte. “Portraits of the Artiste Manqué by Three Women Novelists.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, vol. 5, no. 3, 1980, pp. 57-59. doi: 10.2307/3346517.


Andrews, William L.  “Miscegenation in the Late Nineteenth-Century American Novel.”  Southern Humanities Review, vol. 13, 1979, pp. 13-24.

Bain, Robert, Joseph M. Flora, and Louis D. Rubin, Jr., eds.  Southern Writers: A Biographical Dictionary. Louisiana State UP, 1979.  118-19.

“Bibliography.”  Women and Literature, vol. 7, no. 3, 1979, pp. 108.

Sklar, Kathryn Kish, et al. "Victorian Women and Domestic Life: Mary Todd Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Harriet Beecher Stowe." The Public and the Private Lincoln: Contemporary Perspectives. Edited by Cullom Davis, Charles B. Strozier, Rebecca Monroe Veach, and Geoffrey C. Ward. Southern Illinois UP, 1979.


Berzon, Judith R.  Neither White Nor Black: The Mulatto Character in American Fiction. New York UP, 1978, pp. 146-48, 195-96. 

“Bibliography.”  Women and Literature, vol. 6, no. 2, 1978, p. 64.


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Hesford, Walter. “Literary Contexts of 'Life in the Iron-Mills.’” American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography, vol. 49, no. 1, 1977, pp. 70-85. https://www.jstor.org/stable/2925555.

Howe, Florence. “Feminism and the Education of Women.” The Journal of Education, vol. 159, no. 3, 1977, pp. 11–24. www.jstor.org/stable/42773080.


“Bibliography.” Women and Literature, vol. 3, no. 2, 1975, pp. 55.

Eppard, Philip B. “Rebecca Harding Davis: A Misattribution.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, vol. 69, no. 1, 1975, pp. 265-67.


Aaron, Daniel. The Unwritten War: American Writers and the Civil War. Alfred A. Knopf, 1973, pp. 41-42.

Shull, Peg. “Early Realism in the Mills.” Appalachian Journal, vol. 1, no. 2, 1973, pp. 144–145. www.jstor.org/stable/40931961.


Blake, Fay M. The Strike in the American Novel. Scarecrow, 1972.


Ballou, Ellen B. The Building of the House: Houghton Mifflins Formative Years. Houghton Mifflin, 1970. 


See, Fred G. “Metaphoric and Metonymic Imagery in XIXth Century American Fiction: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rebecca Harding Davis, and Harold Frederic.” Dissertation Abstracts International, vol. 28, no. 1, 1968, p.4647A.


The Bibliophile Dictionary: A Biographical Record of the Great Authors. 1904. Gale Research, 1966. 


Allibones Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors: A Supplement, Vol. 1.  1891.  Edited by John Foster Kirk. Gale, 1965, p. 462.

Grayburn, William Frazer. “The Major Fiction of Rebecca Harding Davis.” DA, vol. 26, no.1, 1965, p. 2211.


Austin, James C. “Success and Failure of Rebecca Harding Davis.” Midcontinent American Studies Journal, vol. 3, no. 1, 1962, pp. 44-49. https://www.jstor.org/stable/40640356.


Langford, Gerald. The Richard Harding Davis Years: A Biography of Mother and Son. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1961.


Stemple, Ruth M. “Rebecca Harding Davis: A Check List.” Bulletin of Bibliography, vol. 22, no. 1, 1957, pp. 83-85.


Shaeffer, Helen Woodward. Rebecca Harding Davis: Pioneer Realist. 1947. University of Pennsylvania, PhD Dissertation.


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