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Janet Gabler-Hover

Emeritus, Professor

Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1982


19th-Century American Literature


Professor Gabler-Hover’s teaching and research interests are 19th -century American literature and feminist theory.  Her first book Truth in American Fiction (1990) examined the influence of classical rhetoric (Hugh Blair, George Campbell) and modern rhetoric (Jacque Derrida’s debate against Plato’s Phaedrus) on Charles Brockden Brown, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Samuel Clemens, and Henry James. Her second book Dreaming Black/Writing White: Hagar in American Culture and Literature  (2000) offers evidence that some 19th–century Anglo-American women writers appropriated Black female identity metaphorically for white female empowerment and at the cost of Black female identity, something answered directly by late 19th-century African American writer Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins in Hagar’s Daughter.

Gabler-Hover edited a special issue of American Periodicals in 2002 that combined her interest in periodical research with her mentoring of graduate students in her classroom and in the classrooms of colleagues teaching periodical literature.  The issue included work by students and philosophies on how to teach periodical research.

Gabler-Hover co-edited American History Through Literature 1820-1870 (3 vols. Thomson/Scribner 2006) with her colleague Robert Sattelmeyer. These volumes include literary-historical essays by top scholars on works and social topics of the period.


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American History through Literature 1820-70.3 Vols. Eds. Janet Gabler-Hover and
Robert Sattelmeyer. New York: Thomson/Scribner’s 2006.

Dreaming Black/Writing WhiteThe Hagar Myth in Nineteenth-Century American
     Literature and Culture. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2001.  SAMLA Book
of  the Year Award, Fall 2001. (Winner of the SAMLA Book of the Year Award 2000.)

Truth in American Fiction:  The Legacy of Rhetorical Idealism. Athens: University of
Georgia Press, 1990.


“The Portrait of a Southern Lady in Woolson’s For the Major.”  In Witness to Reconstruction:
Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894.  
Jackson: University
Press of Mississippi, 2011: 215-231.

“What’s Up With Feminism? Reviewing Plain and Sellers’ A History of Feminist Literary Criticism and the
State of Feminism” South Atlantic Review 73:2 (Spring 2008): 130-155.

“Early American Literature” in American Literary Scholarship 2003.  Durham: Duke University
Press, 2003.  With Robert Sattelmeyer: 243-274.

“Teaching ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper’ through Feminist Literary Criticism,” Approaches to Teaching
      Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper’ and Herland.  New York: Modern Language Association.
hdbk and paper, 2003: 90-96.

“Periodical Research: Open Sesame,” in “Special Issue:  Periodical Research in the American
Classroom,” Ed. Janet Gabler-Hover in American Periodicals 12: 2002, 40-48.

“The North-South Reconciliation Theme and the ‘Shadow of the Negro’ in Century Illustrated
Magazine” in Periodical Literature in Nineteenth-Century America, eds. Kenneth M. Price
and Susan Belasco Smith.  Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1995: 239-56.
hrdback and paper.

“H. G. Wells and Henry James’s Two Ladies,” in The Critical Response to H. G. Wells,
ed. William J. Scheick.  Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995: 145-164.

The House of Mirth and Edith Wharton’s ‘Beyond!'” with Kathleen Plate,
Philological Quarterly 72:3 Summer, 1993: 253-275.

“The Ethics of Determinism in Henry James’s ”In the Cage,'” Henry James Review
14:1 Fall 1992: 253-275.

“Man’s Fragile Tenure:  Discontinuous Time and The Ethos of Temporality in Edward Bellamy’s
Short Fiction,” Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Vol. 32, No. 2, Summer, 1990:

“A Merely Enabling Mythology:  A Review-Essay on Language in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction,” 
Texas Studies
, Vol. 31, No. 2, Summer, 1989: 318-39.

Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Bostonians, and Henry Ward Beecher:  Discourse on the Idealization
of Suffering,” South Central Review, Vol. 5, no. 4, Winter, 1988: 42-52.

“Truth and Deception:  The Basis for Judgment in Henry James’s The Wings of the Dove,” Texas
 Summer, 1987: 169-186.

“The Critical Deconstruction of Henry James:  A Review-Essay,” Texas Studies, Summer, 1987:

“Sympathy not Empathy:  The Intent of Narration in Huckleberry Finn,” The Journal of Narrative
, Winter, 1987: 67-75.

“James’s Rhetorical Arena:  The Metaphor of Battle in The Bostonians,” Texas Studies, Fall,
1985: 270-283.

“The Narrator’s Script:  James’s Complex Narration in The BostoniansJournal of Narrative 
, Spring, 1984: 94-109.


Other Edited Collections

American Periodicals:  Special Issue:  Periodical Research in the American Classroom 12: 2002, i-226.
Guest Edited and contributions solicited by Janet Gabler-Hover. Issue 12:2002.