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Cari Carpenter


Curriculum Vitae

I specialize in American Indian and women's literature of the nineteenth century United States. I frequently teach the capstone; Introduction to Native American Literature; Images of Women in Literature; and the first survey of American Literature.


  • Nineteenth-century women's and Native American literature of the United States
  • Ecocriticism: the ecogothic
  • Feminist theory and women's literature

Selected Publications:

  • Carpenter, Cari M. and Kilcup, Karen L., eds. Collected Writings of Ora Eddleman Reed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming.

  • Carpenter, Cari M. “Dispossessions and Repositionings: Sarah Winnemucca’s School as Anti-Colonialist Lesson.” Race and Culture in American Literature. Ed. John Ernest. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

  • Carpenter, Cari M. “Native American Voices.” Blackwell Companion to American Literature, Vol. 2. Ed. Susan Belasco, Theresa Strouth Gaul, Linck Johnson, and Michael Soto. Hoboken, NJ: Wiles-Blackwell, 2020.

  • Carpenter, Cari M.Bleeding Feet and Failing Knees: The Ecogothic in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Chasing Ice.” The Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Eds. Dawn Keetley and Matthew Silvis.  Routledge Studies in World Literatures and the Environment. New York: Taylor and Francis, 2018. 147-160.

  • Carpenter, Cari M. “Pauline Johnson’s “As It Was in the Beginning” and Drew Hayden Taylor’s The Night Wanderer: The Gothic Tradition in Indigenous Canadian Literature.” International Journal of Canadian Studies 56 (2017): 47-65.

  • Carpenter, Cari M. “Sarah Winnemucca Goes to Washington: Rhetoric and Resistance in the Capital City.” American Indian Quarterly 40.2 (Spring 2016): 87-108.

  • Carpenter, Cari M. and Carolyn Sorisio, eds. The Newspaper Warrior: Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins’s Campaign for American Indian Rights, 1864-1891. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015. (Winner of the Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited Book in Feminist Studies in Popular and American Culture from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture.)

  • Carpenter, Cari M. “Choking off that Angel Mother: Sarah Winnemucca’s Rhetoric of Humor.” Studies in American Indian Literature 26.3 (Fall 2014): 1-25.

  • Penelope Kelsey and Cari M. Carpenter. “‘In the end, our message weighs’: Blood Run, NAGPRA, and American Indian Identity.” American Indian Quarterly 35.1 (2011): 56-6.

  • Carpenter, Cari M., ed. Selected Writings of Victoria Woodhull: Suffrage, Free Love, and Eugenics. Legacies of Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers Series. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2010. 

  • Carpenter, Cari M. Seeing Red: Anger, Sentimentality, and American Indians. Columbus: The Ohio State UP, 2008. (Honorable Mention, Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize).

  • Carpenter, Cari M. “Sarah Winnemucca and the Re-Writing of Nation.” Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity. Ed. Bruce Baum and Duchess Harris. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2009: 112-127. (Invited contribution) Podcast interview: