Jennifer Tuttle teaches courses on literature and health studies, US Literatures, women's writing, and the US West. Holding an endowed chair in literature and health, she designs courses, pursues scholarship, and develops curricular and programming initiatives that integrate the health sciences and the humanities at UNE. As the Dorothy M. Healy Professor, she is also faculty director of the Maine Women Writers Collection. Beyond UNE, she is editor of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers.
She has published three books on Charlotte Perkins Gilman along with essays on Gilman, Owen Wister, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, and neurologist S. Weir Mitchell. Her current book project, Unsettling California: "American Nervousness" and Western Women's Writing, reconsiders California’s role as a site of health tourism during the era of American expansion through recovering the ways that women writers of the region used medical discourse to challenge orthodoxies of gender, race, ethnicity, and imperialism. She has been at the forefront of recent scholarly efforts to illuminate the western orientation of New England-born Gilman and to support archives-based research and recovery projects on women’s literary history.
Professor Tuttle is the recipient of myriad awards for her work as a scholar and teacher. These include her recent designation as Distinguished Alumna of the University of California, San Diego Department of Literature; the Kenneally Cup Award for Distinguished Academic Service to UNE; the Schachterle Prize, awarded by the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts for the best new essay on literature and science (for “Rewriting the West Cure”); and several nominations, for the Modern Language Association's Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters (for The Selected Letters of Charlotte Perkins Gilman), for both the Debra J. Summers Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence (UNE/Biddeford Campus) and the Mary Rines Thompson Award for Teaching Excellence (UNE/Portland Campus), and for the ULead Excellence in Academic Advising Award.
Writing, Revolution, and Resistance in US Literatures (ENG 200)
Cultural Diversity and Common Identity in US Literatures (ENG 201)
Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST 200)
Writing and Women’s Health (ENG 310)
Madness in Literature (ENG 326)
The Captivity Narrative (ENG 335)
Women’s Detective Fiction (ENG 335)
Humanities Seminar: Slavery in the Land of the Free (ENG 412)
Women of the West (ENG 435)
Freedom Writers: The Slave Narrative (ENG 435)
Directed studies according to student interest
Ph.D. in Literature
University of California, San Diego
M.A. in English and American Literature
University of California, San Diego
B.A. in English, with Honors
University of California, Irvine
Literature and Health
United States literature and culture
Women's literary history
Literatures of the US West
Charlotte Perkins Gilman studies
Women's detective fiction
literary recovery and archival studies
Unsettling California: "American Nervousness" and Western Women's Writing (book manuscript under revision)
Literary recovery, California literature, literature and health studies, women's cultural production, ethnic studies
“‘New England innocent’ in the Land of Sunshine: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and California,” Western American Literature 48.3 (Fall 2013): 284-311.
New Texts and New Contexts in Charlotte Perkins Gilman Studies (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2011); coedited with Carol Farley Kessler.
The Selected Letters of Charlotte Perkins Gilman (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2009); coedited with Denise D. Knight.
"The Symptoms of Conquest: Race, Class, and the Nervous Body in The Squatter and the Don," Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton: Critical and Pedagogical Perspectives, ed. Amelia Maria de la Luz Montes and Anne E. Goldman (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004): 56-72.
"Indigenous Whiteness and Wister's Invisible Indians," Reading The Virginian in the New West, ed. Melody Graulich and Stephen Tatum (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003): 89-112.
Scholarly edition, The Crux by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1911 (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2002).
"Letters from Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (Ward) to S. Weir Mitchell, M.D., 1884-1897," Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 17.1 (2000): 83-94.
"Rewriting the West Cure: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Owen Wister, and the Sexual Politics of Neurasthenia," The Mixed Legacy of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, ed. Catherine J. Golden and Joanna S. Zangrando (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2000): 103-121.
"Liminality in Women’s 'History-Mystery': The Case of Anne Perry," Popular Culture Review 11.1 (Feb. 2000): 85-97.
“S. Weir Mitchell, Medicine Man: Race, Gender, and Medical Authority in Mitchell’s West Cure,” Transactions and Studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia XX (1998): 31-36.
Other Scholarly Activity
Editor, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, issues 30.1, 30.2, 31.1, 31.2 (forthcoming)
“Out of the Archives: New Biographical Studies of Charlotte Perkins Gilman.” Review essay on Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Wild Unrest: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Making of “The Yellow Wall-Paper” and Cynthia J. Davis, Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In Resources for American Literary Study 35 (2012): 359-67.
“The Yellow Wall-Paper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman: A Dual-Text Critical Edition ed. Shawn St. Jean, in Resources for American Literary Study 33 (2010): 327-29.
Rehabilitating Bodies: Health, History, and the American Civil War by Lisa A. Long (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), in American Literary Realism 39.2 (2007): 174-75.
The Maine Women Writers Collection: The First Fifty Years, co-written with Shoshana Hoose; co-created with Cally Gurley, Shoshanna Hoose, Rhonda Wanser, and Jen Widor. The Maine Women Writers Collection, 2009. Aired on MPBN (television) 26 and 31 July 2010.
I Make Books, a film about book artist Martha A. Hall, producer, interviewer, researcher with Cally Gurley, Hollis Haywood, and Kari Wagner. UNE Media Services Department, 2005.
Research Support Grant, Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2011
Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Development Grant, UNE, 2010 (with Dr. Julia Garrett; project title: “Dual-Campus and New Media Pedagogy in Literary and Women’s/Gender Studies”)
Faculty Scholarship Fund Research Grant, UNE, 2006
Historical Society of Southern California/Haynes Research Stipend, 2002, 1999
Francis C. Wood Institute Research Fellowship, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1997
Invited Plenary Presentation
“Calls and Responses: Speech Acts and the Unfinished Business of Civil Rights,” Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, “50 Years of Progress and the Challenges That Remain,” UNE, Mar. 6, 2014
“Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the U.S. West,” Distinguished Alumni Lecture, Department of Literature, University of California, San Diego, May 20, 2013
“Reconceiving Writing: Collecting Artists’ Books for the Classroom and Archive,” with Cathleen Miller, UNE Art Gallery, Apr. 26, 2012
“‘I can feel the poetry coming’: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and California,” Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Oct. 25, 2011
Plenary address: “Is Gilman a California Writer?,” Fifth International Conference on Charlotte Perkins Gilman: “Gilman Goes West,” University of Montana, Missoula, June 19, 2011
Keynote address: “‘scrappy, imperfect, desperately earnest’: Recovering the Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman,” conference entitled “Donne e Polis: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Oggi” (“Woman and Polis: Charlotte Perkins Gilman Today”), University of Rome III, Rome, Italy, Oct. 22, 2010
“Out of the Archives: Editing Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Letters,” Dyer Library/Saco Museum, Saco, ME, Mar. 16, 2010
“Recovering the Text,” Colloquium on “Illness in Society,” UNE, Oct. 9, 2006
“‘I Make Books So I Won’t Die’ – Artist’s Books and Illness,” UNE Core Connections Event, Apr. 7, 2005
“Go West, Young Woman! Health and the Frontier in the Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman,” The Baxter Society, Portland, ME, Feb. 11, 2004
“Owen Wister’s The Virginian,” Parsons Memorial Library, Alfred, ME, Sept. 22, 2003
“The West and Women’s Health in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Crux,” San Diego Mesa College Occasional Lecture Series, Mar. 14, 2003
“Conducting Archival Research on Women and Health in the Maine Women Writers Collection,” Association of College and Research Libraries/New England Colleges Women’s Studies Interest Group meeting, Portland, ME, May 20, 2002
“‘Come with me into the freedom of the wild’: Women Health-Seekers in the Wilderness,” Maine Women Writers Collection Spring Lecture Series, Portland, ME, Apr. 18, 2002
“S. Weir Mitchell, Medicine Man: A Cultural Analysis of the ‘Open-Air Treatment,’” College of Physicians of Philadelphia History of Medicine Seminar, Mar. 19, 1998