Early American Women Writers: The Potentiality of the Continual Self-Creating Act

  • Kristin Allukian


This chapter introduces the essays on early American women’s writing; it revisits and extends Sharon Harris’s powerful concept of the woman’s “self-creating act” within the contexts of liminality and hybridity. Focusing on women’s literature spanning the eighteenth century, between 1709 and 1793, Allukian presents readers with a wide range of familiar themes in women’s literature—some of which include marriage, race, girlhood, education, diary-keeping, and place—that become defamiliarized when read through the lens of liminality and hybridity.

Works Cited

  1. Harris, Sharon M. “Early American Women’s Self-Creating Acts.” Resources for American Literary Study, vol. 19, 1993, pp. 223–245.Google Scholar
  2. Turner, Victor. The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure. Cornell University Press, 1969.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristin Allukian
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  1. 1.University of South FloridaTampaUSA

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