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American women writers : a critical reference guide : from colonial times to the present. 4 vols.

Taryn Benbow-Pfalzgraf, editor.
Detroit : St. James Press, 2000.

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The Bloomsbury guide to women's literature.

Claire Buck, editor.
New York : Prentice Hall General Reference, c1992.

   Davis Reference PN471 .B57 1992.

The chronology of American literature : America's literary achievements from the colonial era to modern times.

Daniel S. Burt, editor.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

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Stanley I. Kutler, editor in chief. 3rd ed.
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Mary Kupiec Cayton & Peter W. Williams, editors.
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Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history : the Black experience in the Americas. 5 vols.

Colin A. Palmer, editor in chief. 2nd ed.
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Unequal sisters : an inclusive reader in U.S. women's history.

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Licia Morrow Calloway.
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   Davis Library PS374 .D57 C35 2003. Also available online.

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Guiyou Huang.
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The comfort women : sexual violence and postcolonial memory in Korea and Japan.

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Fallenness in Victorian women's writing : marry, stitch, die, or do worse.

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The "tragic mulatta" revisited : race and nationalism in nineteenth-century antislavery fiction.

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Laura Laffrado.
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Women and gender in the new South : 1865-1945.

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Encyclopedia of the novel.

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