Bibliography of Selected Digital and Print Resources concerning
Anna Cora Mowatt
Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie a digital theatermaker profile
or the Peer and the Peasant: A Play in Five Acts
Autobiography of an Actress
The Clergyman's Wife and Other Sketches
Evelyn, or The Heart Unmasked
The Fortune Hunter
Italian Life and Legends
Life of Goethe
The Mute Singer
The Reviewers Reviewed
"The Lady on Stage: A Biography of Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie." Adele Anderson. California State University.
A short biography created for a student project. Part of Reuben, Paul P. "Chapter 8: Anna Cora Mowatt." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide.
"Fashioning Herself a Lady: Anna Cora Mowatt's Bold Experiement" Adrienne Macki Braconi
"Challenging Gendered Spaces: Anna Cora Mowatt's Outrageous Oratory." Adreienne Macki. 2005
This paper analyzes the ways in which Mowatt achieved popular sanction by capitalizing on her gender identity as a performance, "fashioned" herself and performed as the "True Woman."
"Mrs. Anna Cora Mowatt." Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore.
This page covers Mowatt's connection to Edgar Allan Poe and includes links to his writings about her and copies of letters they exchanged.
"Poe, Anna Cora Mowatt, and T. Tennyson Twinkle." J.M. Hutchisson. 1993
Exploration of the possibility that Mowatt may have included a caricature of her friend Poe in one of her plays. See also Was Poe Mowatt's "Twinkle"?
"Call Me Gypsy" Anna Cora Mowatt and Mesmerism." Amy Lehman. 2002
Anaylsis of Mowatt's experiences with Mesmerism. Lehman examines the perceived moral ambiguities of the ‘actress’ and ‘gypsy’ in nineteenth-century society, the connotations of the latter as a figure marginalised yet Romanticised and free, as well as Mowatt's own background, and mesmerism itself as a middle-ground between medicine and spiritualism. She posits the theory that ‘Gypsy’ functioned as an alternate suppressed self for Mowatt, an outlet for the stressful contradictions inherent in the roles of ‘actress’ and ‘lady.’"Civil War Women." Maggie MacLean. Created in October 2011
Entry on Mowatt as part of a larger project documenting the culutral contributions of American women.
A look at "Fashion" as not just a light comedy, but an expression of cultural discomfort with female authorship.
Chastity and the Stage in Mowatt's "Stella" Jeffery Richards. Old Dominion University. 1996
Out in Public: Configurations of Women's Bodies in Nineteenth-century America Alison Piepmeier
Mowatt's strageties for self-presentation are examined along with other nineteeth centry artists such as Charlotte Cushman and Fanny Fern
"Anna Cora Mowat: Player and Playwright." Wendy Riply. Columbia College.
Chapter in Codifying the National Self: Spectators, Actors, and the American Dramatic Text
"Anna Cora Mowat: Forgotten Dramatist and Actress." Marilyn Shapiro.
Overview of Mowatt's career.
"The Creation of a Public Persona in the Poetry of Anna Cora Mowatt" Kelly S. Taylor 2001
An examination of the meaning to be found in Mowatt's sometimes very bad poetry.
The Lady Actress Kelly S Taylor 2009
Collection of essays by Dr Taylor on Mowatt's life and works.
"The Women of Antebellum Richmond: Domestic Values and Public Ambitions." Elizabeth Woolley.
This articles briefly covers Mowatt's career and her years in Richmond, Virginia during her second marriage to William Foushee Ritchie. Among the other notable women of that city profiled is Mowatt's friend Marion Harland.
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Alcyone Festival - Fashion Cast
The Fly in the Room Samantha Hall
Anna Cora Mowatt - Playwrite Eloise Raits
Reviews of Productions of "Fashion"
"Review." Adrienne Onofri. 1999
"Review." Martin Denton for NYC Theatre. 2003
"Fashion (or Life in New York) play review by Maureen Perotto." Maureen Perotto.
Selected Print Resources
Blesi, Marius. "The Life and Letters of Anna Cora Mowatt," dissertation, University of Virginia, 1938.
Howitt, Mary. "Memoirs of Anna Cora Mowatt," Howitt's Journal 3 (March 5, 1848).
Mowatt, Anna Cora. Autobiography of an Actress. Boston: Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1854.
Mowatt, Anna Cora. Fashion: Life in New York, a Comedy in Five Acts. New York: Samuel French, 1854.
Poe, Edgar Allan. "Anna Cora Mowatt," The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Ed. J.A. Harrison, vol. 12. New York: Gordian Press, 1986.
Poe, Edgar Allan. Writings in The Broadway Journal: Nonfictional Prose, ed. Burton R. Pollin. New York: Gordian Press, 1986.
Ritchie, Anna Cora Mowatt. Mimic Life. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1856.
Taylor, Kelly S. "Exploiting the Medium: Mesmerism and the Strange Case of Anna Cora Mowatt." Text and Performance Quarterly 16:4.
Taylor, Kelly S. "The Rhetoric of Self-Fashioning in the Works of Anna Cora Mowatt." Ph.D dissertation, Louisiana State University, 1994.
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