Lisa M Logan, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in English from University of Rochester (1993)

Research Interests

Early American literature; literature by women; personal narratives, including autobiography, diary, and memoir; early American captivity, crime, travel, and cross-dressing narratives; feminist theory; American novel; theories of space and place; manuscript and material culture approaches

Recent Research Activities

Logan is working on recovering 18th-century literary manuscripts by women using archives in the U.S., UK, and Ireland.

Selected Publications


  • Resources for Teaching the Bedford Anthology of American Literature. Vol. 1. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2008. Rev. 2nd ed., 2014.


  • Forthcoming "Territorial Agency:  Negotiations of Space, Place, and Empire in the Domestic Violence Memoirs of Abigail Abbot Bailey and Anne Home Livingston." Women's Narratives and the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire. Ed. Mary McAleer Balkun and Susan C. Imbarrato.  New York: Palgrave, 2016. 215-228.
  • “Thinking with Toni Morrison’s A Mercy.” (A Response to “Remembering the Past:  Toni Morrison’s Seventeenth Century in Today’s Classroom”). Early American Literature 48.1 (2013): 193-99.

  • “The Difference Teaching Equiano Makes: Notes on Teaching The Interesting Narrative in the Undergraduate American Literature Survey.”  Teaching Equiano’s Narrative: Pedagogical Strategies and New Perspectives. Ed. Eric LaMore.  Knoxville:  U of Tennessee P, 2012. 255-274.

  • “Blogging the Early American Novel.”  Transformations:  A Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy.  22.1 (Spring/Summer 2011):  119-123. 

  • "The Importance of Women to Early American Study." Early American Literature. 44.3 (2009): 641-48.
  • “Columbia’s Daughters in Drag; or, Cross-Dressing, Collaboration, and Authorship in Early American Novels.” Feminist Interventions in Early American Literature. Ed. Mary Carruth. Tuscaloosa: Univ. of Alabama P., 2006. 240-252.
  • “’And the Ladies in particular’: Constructions of Femininity in The Gentleman and Ladies Town and Country Magazine and Ladies Magazine, and Repository of Entertaining Knowledge.” Periodical Literature in Eighteenth-Century America. Ed. Sharon M. Harris and Mark L. Kamrath. Knoxville, Tennessee: U of Tennessee P, 2005. 277-306.
  • “’Cross-Cultural Conversations’: The Indian Captivity Narrative.” Blackwell Companion to the Literatures of Colonial America. Ed. Ivy T. Schweitzer and Susan Castillo. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005: 464-79.
  • “’Dear Matron—‘: Constructions of Women in Eighteenth-Century American Periodical Advice Columns.” Studies in American Humor. 3.11 (2004): 57-62.
  • “Race, Romanticism, and the Politics of Feminist Literary Study: Harriet Prescott Spofford’s “’The Amber Gods.’” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 18.1 (2001). 35-51.
  • “Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Conventional Nineteenth-Century Domesticity.” Approaches to Teaching Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Ed. Elizabeth Ammons and Susan Belasco Smith. New York: MLA, 2000. 46-56.
  • “Encouraging Feminism: Teaching The Handmaid’s Tale in the Introductory Women’s Studies Classroom.” Teaching Introduction to Women’s Studies: Expectations and Strategies. Ed. Barbara Scott Winkler and Carolyn DiPalma. Westport: Bergin, 1999. 191-200.
  • “The Anxieties of Authorship: Gender, Agency, and Textual Production in Eighteenth-Century America.” Review 21 (1999): 257-64.
  • "'There is no home there': Captivity and Restoration in Spofford's 'Circumstance.'" Safe Space: Violence and Women’s Writing. Ed. Julie Tharp and Tomoko Kuribayashi. Albany: State U of New York P, 1997. 117-30.
  • Introduction. Critical Essays on Carson McCullers. Ed. Beverly Lyon Clark and Melvin Friedman. New York: Hall, 1996. 1-16.
  • "Nobody Knows Best: Carson McCullers' Plays as Social Criticism." Southern Quarterly 33. 2-3 (1995): 23-34. [Co-author: Brooke Horvath]
  • "Mary Rowlandson's Captivity and the 'Place' of the Woman Subject." Early American Literature 28.3 (1993): 255-77. [Honorable Mention, Richard Beale Davis Prize for Best Essay in EAL 1993]

Miscellaneous Publications

  • “Domestic Fiction.” American History Through Literature, 1820-1870. Ed. Janet Gabler-Hover, Robert D. Sattelmeyer. New York: Charles Scribners Sons (Thomson Gale), 2006.
  • “American Women’s Autobiography: Early Diarists and Memoirists.” Encyclopedia of Women’s Autobiography. Ed. Victoria Boynton and Jo Malin. Greenwood Press, 2005. 32-42.
  • “Bodies in Space: Reading Gender and Race in Context.” Early American Literature 38.3 (2003): 521-26.
  • "Julia Ward Howe." American Travel Writers, Volume II, 1851-1901. Ed. Donald Ross and James Schramer. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 189. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1998: 166-71.
  • "Mary Lewis Kinnan." American Women Prose Writers to 1820. Ed. Carla Mulford, et al. Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 200. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1998: 217-20.


2018-2019 Davida Deutsch Fellowship in Women's History, Library Company of Philadelphia.
2016-2017. UCF Competitive Sabbatical Award.
2015. UCF Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award.


No courses found for Fall 2023.

No courses found for Summer 2023.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10869 AML3031 American Literature Ⅰ Web-Based (W) Unavailable

AML 3031: American Literature 1 is a literary history course. It focuses on broader literary historical movements, on literature that was produced in what is now the U.S.  AML 3031 studies literature written “from the beginnings,” i.e. the arrival of European settler-colonists through the first half of the 19th century.  

 Literature from this time period uses genres (and sometimes language) less familiar to modern readers. People didn’t think highly of fiction and wanted “truth and beauty” (moral lessons and poetic forms). Poetry was an esteemed genre and quite formal. The literary genres that proliferated in early America were sermon, history, poetry, polemic, travel narrative, personal narrative, and origin story. The novel emerged in the 1780s and 1790s. 

This course covers three literary historical periods: 1) early settlement and colonial literature; 2) the Enlightenment or “Age of Reason”; and 3) the 19th-century American “Renaissance” and “Age of Reform.” The  course is divided into three major sections, one for each literary historical period. Each of these historical periods will center several texts around a key “touchstone” or “classic” text. Our methods will be to understand how specific texts produced during a particular historical period are in conversation about questions which constitute and underpin American culture and literature. 

Assignments: Weekly readings and quizzes, bi-weekly writing, final exam. 

11458 AML3286 Early American Women's Words Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Unavailable

Early American Women’s Words explores the following questions: What did early American women write about?  What traditions of writing did women—who were denied legal, political, and economic rights, and whose identities and destinies rested in their bodies’ reproductive capacities—put in place?  What pretexts did they use to enter literary discourse, and how and why were they successful?  How did they negotiate the boundaries between authorship and public spectacle?  How did women from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds negotiate authorship and voice similarly or differently?   

            To answer these questions, we will explore North American women’s writing produced during the colonial and early national periods, from 1630 (the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony) to the first decades of the nineteenth century.  We will pay attention to the historical and cultural contexts in which women wrote, examine a variety of literary genres, and study the relationship between women’s “place” and works in early America. Students will also learn about material culture, including early American cookery, penmanship, manuscript culture, needlework, etc.  

Assignments: heavy reading; weekly quizzes and discussion postings;  three 5-page analysis papers, final project, in-class contribution. 

Updated: Oct 9, 2019