English Faculty - Allison Giffen

Allison Giffen

Contact Information

Phone: (360) 650-2013
Office: HU 355
Email: Allison.Giffen@wwu.edu


PhD, English, Columbia University
MA, English, Yale University
BA, English, Barnard College

Portrait of Allison Giffen

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature
  • U.S. Women Writers
  • Critical Childhood Studies
  • Nineteenth-Century U.S. Popular Literature

Selected Publications

Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Co-edited with Robin L. Cadwallader. New York: Routledge, 2017.

“The Fortunate Fall: Disability and the Marriage Market in Martha Finley’s Elsie’s Children and Elsie’s Widowhood.” In Saving the World: Girlhood and Evangelicalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Allison Giffen and Robin L. Cadwallader, editors, Routledge, 2017.

“Suffering Girls: The Work of Anti-Catholicism in Martha Finley’s Novels.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 41.1(Spring 2016).

“Lessons Learned: Genre and Paternal Desire in Martha Finley’s Elsie Dinsmore Series” in Romantic Education in Nineteenth-Century American Literature: National and Transatlantic Contexts, Eds. Monika Elbert and Leslie Ginsberg. Routledge, 2014.

“‘Let no man Know’: Negotiating the Gendered Discourse of Affliction in Anne Bradstreet’s ‘Here Follows Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House, July 1666.’” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 27.1 (2010): 1-22.

Jewish First Wife, Divorced: The Correspondence of Ethel Gross and Harry Hopkins. Co-edited with June Hopkins. Lanham MD: Lexington Books, 2003.

“Dutiful Daughters and Needy Fathers: Lydia Sigourney and Nineteenth-Century Popular Literature.” Women’s Studies, 32.3 (2003): 255-280.