Hidden Literacies

A digital anthology of archival texts and scholarly essays, coming in Fall 2019


Bringing together leading scholars of historical literacy from across the country, this digital anthology will present high-resolution images of archival documents paired with expert commentary.  Aimed at teachers, students, and researchers, it makes newly accessible an array of texts and writers—from indigenous and enslaved people to prisoners and young children—that too often lie below the radar of American Literature curricula. 

Made possible by the Trinity College Department of English, Hidden Literacies is co-edited by Christopher Hager and Hilary Wyss and features essays by:

Katy L. Chiles, “Phillis Wheatley, Amanuensis”

Matt Cohen, “Walt Whitman’s Baby Talk”

Andrew Newman, “‘Permit Us to Speak Plainly’”

Karen Sánchez-Eppler, “Juvenile Journalism and Genocide”

Caroline Wigginton, “Visions, Versions, and Deeds”

Kelly Wisecup, “Accounting for Mary Fowler Occom”

Ellen Cushman, “Letters and Characters”

Jodi Schorb, “Writing the Prison”

Philip Round, “‘Outlandish Characters’”

Tara A. Bynum, “Cesar Lyndon Was Here”

Margaret Noodin, “Birch-Bark Publications of Simon Pokagan”