Tamara Harvey

Tamara Harvey

Tamara Harvey

Associate Professor

early American literature, early modern women's writing, feminist theory

Tamara Harvey's research and teaching interests include early American and women's literature as well as literary theory. She is the author of Figuring Modesty in Feminist Discourse Across the Americas, 1633-1700 (Ashgate, 2008) as well as a number of articles exploring comparative approaches to colonial women across the Americas. In her current book project, she is building on the transamerican and transatlantic implications of her first book, paying attention to women's use of strategies that are empowering, but frequently in more ignoble ways as they stake claims for authority on their representations of commodity, colonization, and empire. She is guest editor of a special issue of the journal Legacy on women in early America and has also co-edited two interdisciplinary collections of essays, George Washington's South (UP of Florida, 2004) and Confronting Global Gender Justice: Women's Lives, Human Rights (Routledge, 2011). She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine, in 1998 with emphasis certificates in Feminist Studies and Critical Theory and has previously taught at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Selected Publications


(co-editor, with Debra Bergoffen, Paula Ruth Gilbert, and Connie L. McNeely). Confronting Global Gender Justice: Women's Lives, Human Rights. London: Routledge, 2011.

Figuring Modesty in Feminist Discourse Across the Americas, 1633-1700. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2008.

(co-editor, with Greg O'Brien). George Washington's South. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2004.


“Sarah Wentworth Morton.” In Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature. Ed. Jackson Bryer. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

"Worldmaking and Ambition in History Poems by Early American Women: The Examples of Anne Bradstreet and Sarah Wentworth Morton." Companion to American Poetry. Edited by Mary McAleer Balkun, Jeff Gray, and Paul Jaussen. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2022. 7-17.

"Gender." New Histories of American Puritan Literature. Edited by Kristina Bross and Abram Van Engen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020. 189-210.

“Settlement Literatures Before and Beyond the Stories of Nations.” Blackwell Companion to American Literature, Vol. 1. Edited by Susan Belasco, Theresa Strouth Gaul, Linck Johnson, and Michael Soto. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2020. 34-50.

“Before the Poetess: Women’s Poetry in the Early Republic.” A History of Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry. Edited by Jennifer Putzi and Alexandra Socarides. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 37-52.

With Joan Bristol. “Creole Civic Pride and Positioning ‘Exceptional’ Black Women.” Women’s Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire. Edited by Mary McAleer Balkun and Susan Imbarrato. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 47-61.

"Seventeenth-Century Pansapphism: Comparing 'Exceptional Women' of the Americas and Europe." Approaches to Teaching Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Edited by Emilie Bergmann and Stacey Shlau. New York: Modern Language Association, 2007. 112-18.

"'My Goods Are True': Tenth Muses in the New World Market." Feminist Interventions in Early American Studies. Edited by Mary Carruth. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2006. 13-26.

"'Now Sisters . . . impart your usefulness and force': Anne Bradstreet's Feminist Functionalism in The Tenth Muse (1650)." Early American Literature 35.1 (2000): 5-28.

"'Taken from her Mouth': Narrative Authority and the Conversion of Patience Boston." Narrative 6.3 (1998): 256-70.

Courses Taught

ENGH 202: Women Warriors

ENGH 202: Literature and the Weather

ENGH 308: Inquiry and Theory

ENGH 340: Early American Literature

ENGH 441: What Is American Literature?

ENGH 441: American Women Writers

ENGH 644: Early America and Women Writers

ENGH 644: Early American Literature in a Wider Frame

ENGH 675: Feminist Theory

ENGH 701: Research in English Studies


A.B., Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, 1988

M.A., University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1989

Ph.D., University of California--Irvine, 1998

Dissertations Supervised

Dareen Abdulmohsen, Working Women in Saudi Arabia since 2012 (2018)