Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Literary criticism and analysis for the nineteenth-century American novelist and story writer Louisa May Alcott. Academic web sites and peer-reviewed journal articles. Links take you directly to articles.


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Introduction

"Louisa May Alcott." A short biography and introduction, from textbook publisher Heath Anthology of American Literature.

"Louisa May Alcott." A biography of Louisa May Alcott. Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography.

"Louisa May Alcott." Web display from the New York Public Library.

The Alcotts. From PBS's "I Hear America Singing."

"Louisa May Alcott." Introduction to Louisa May Alcott from the Literary Encyclopedia [subscription service].


Literary Criticism

Alexander, Lynn M. "Unsexed by Labor: Middle-Class Women and the Need to Work." On the employment possibilities for young middle-class women in Alcott's day. ATQ The American Transcendental Quarterly 22, 4 (Dec. 2008) [questia sub ser, substantial preview].

Butterworth-McDermott, Christine. "Behind a mask of beauty: Alcott's beast in disguise." Discusses Alcott's use of fairy tales and their possible connection with her pseudonymous fiction. ATQ The American Transcendental Quarterly 18, 1 (March 2004) [questia sub ser, substantial preview].

Foote, Stephanie. "Resentful Little Women: gender and class feeling in Louisa May Alcott." College Literature 32, 2 (Winter 2005) [preview or purchase, jstor].

Jacobson, Kristin J. "The Neodomestic American Novel: The Politics of Home in Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible." Compares Little Women with The Poisonwood Bible. In Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 24, 1 (Spring 2005) pp 105-27 [free at jstor, click "Preview" or "Read Online"].

Maibor, Carolyn R. "Upstairs, Downstairs, and In-Between: Louisa May Alcott on Domestic Service." New England Quarterly 79, 1 (Mar. 2006) [free at jstor, click "Preview" or "Read Online"].

Patterson, Mark. "Racial sacrifice and citizenship: the construction of masculinity in Louisa May Alcott's 'The Brothers.'" Studies in American Fiction Autumn 1997 [questia sub ser, substantial preview].

Schewe, Elizabeth. "Domestic Conspiracy: Class Conflict and Performance in Louisa May Alcott's 'Behind a Mask.'" ATQ The American Transcendental Quarterly 22, 4 (Dec. 2008) [questia sub ser, substantial preview].

Shealy, Daniel. "Louisa May Alcott's Juvenilia: Blueprints for the Future." Children's Literature Association Quarterly 17, 4 (Winter 1992) [muse, preview only].

"Selected bibliography on Louisa May Alcott," from Prof. Donna Campbell.


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