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date: 15 October 2019

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This article focuses on archives of publishing and gender in the U.S.A., and the historical codes in literary analysis. It investigates how archival research changed what we thought we knew about American authors, and suggests that the documents left by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Hannah Crafts have forced us to revise standard assumptions about the American canon and its outliers. The article discusses some possibilities that arise from the practices of archival research and suggests what these practices make possible in the interpretation of literature.

Keywords: archival research, gender, U.S.A., historical code, literary analysis, American authors, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hannah Crafts, American canon

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