Member, English Department Graduate Studies Committee
Member, Steering Committee, Program in Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies
Chair, Committee on Prizes and Scholarships, Women’s & Gender Studies Program.
Selected Publications and Projects
American Women Authors and Literary Property, 1822-1869. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2005 (pbk 2010) (chapters on Catharine Sedgwick, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Fanny Fern, Augusta Jane Evans, and Mary Virginia Terhune).
With Ellen Foster, co-editor Clarence; or, a Tale of Our Times (1830) by Catharine Maria Sedgwick. Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2011. Honorable Mention, Society for the Study of American Women Writers Edition Award, 2012.
With Guy Reynolds, co-editor Willa Cather and Modern Cultures. Cather Studies 9. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2011. Introduction available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/114/
With Pamela T. Washington, co-editor, E.D.E.N. Southworth: Recovering a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist. U of Tennessee P, December 2012. Introduction available at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/123/
“The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis,” book manuscript under contract with Oxford University Press.
Project Director of a Digital Edition of Every Week Magazine (1915-1918). everyweek.unl.edu
Associate Editor, The Complete Letters of Willa Cather, funded by an NEH Scholarly Editions Grant. cather.unl.edu/completeletters.html
“The Composing, Editing, and Publication of Willa Cather’s Obscure Destinies Stories.” Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing 38 (2017): http://www.scholarlyediting.org/2017/essays/essay.homestead.html
“Buried in Plain Sight: Unearthing Willa Cather’s Allusion to Thomas William Parsons’ ‘The Sculptor's Funeral’,” Studies in American Fiction 43.2 (2016): 207-229. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/182/
“Willa Cather Editing Sarah Orne Jewett.” American Literary Realism 49.1 (2016): 63-89. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/179/
“The Transatlantic Village: The Rise and Fall of the Epistolary Friendship of Catharine Maria Sedgwick and Mary Russell Mitford.” Edinburgh Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Letters and Letter-Writing, Eds. Celeste-Marie Bernier, Judie Newman and Matthew Pethers. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2016. 538-553.
“American Novelist Catharine Sedgwick Negotiates British Copyright, 1822-57,” Yearbook of English Studies, 45 (2015): 196-215. Topic: Book History and Literature, ed. Stephen Colclough and Sandro Jung. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/158/
“Willa Cather, Sarah Orne Jewett, and the Historiography of Lesbian Sexuality.” Willa Cather and the Nineteenth Century (Cather Studies 10). Ed. Anne L. Kaufman and Richard H. Millington. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2015. 3-37. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/180/
With Terry Heller, “‘The Other One’: An Unpublished Chapter of Sarah Orne Jewett's Country of the Pointed Firs,” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 2.2 (2014): 133-167. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/177/
“Willa Cather, Edith Lewis, and Collaboration: The Southwestern Novels of the 1920s and Beyond.” Studies in the Novel 45.3 (2013): 408-431. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/183/
“From Periodical to Book in her Early Career: E. D. E. N. Southworth’s Letters to Abraham Hart.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 29.1 (2012): 115-47. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/115/
“The Shape of Catharine Sedgwick’s Career.” Cambridge History of American Women’s Literature. Ed. Dale Bauer. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012. 185-203. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/181/
“Edith Lewis as Editor: Every Week Magazine and the Contexts of Cather’s Fiction.” Willa Cather: A Writer’s Worlds. Cather Studies 8. Ed Robert Thacker and John Murphy. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2010. 325-52. https://cather.unl.edu/cs008_homestead.html
With Camryn Hansen, “Susanna Rowson’s Transatlantic Career.” Early American Literature 45.3 (2010): 619-54. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/132/
“Did a Woman Writer the Great American Novel?: Judging Women’s Fiction in the Nineteenth Century and Today” (review essay of Elaine Showalter’s A Jury of Her Peers). Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 29.2 (2010): 447-57. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/113/
“Middlebrow Readers and Pioneer Heroines: Willa Cather’s My Antonia, Bess Streeter Aldrich’s A Lantern in Her Hand, and the Popular Fiction Market.” Crisscrossing Borders in the Literature of the American West. Ed. Reginald Dyck and Cheli Reutter. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009. 75-94. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/78/
With Anne L. Kaufman. “Nebraska, New England, New York: Mapping the Foreground of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis’s Creative Partnership.” Western American Literature 43.1 (2008): 41-69.\http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/77/
“The Beginnings of the American Novel.” Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature, ed. Kevin J. Hayes. New York: Oxford UP, 2008. 527-46. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/79/
“The Publishing History of Augusta Jane Evans’s Confederate Novel Macaria: Unwriting Some Lost Cause Myths.” Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures 28.3-4 (2005): 665-702. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/73/
“When I Can Read My Title Clear: Harriet Beecher Stowe and the Stowe v. Thomas Copyright Infringement Case.” Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies 27 (2002): 201-45. (a revised and expanded version appears in my book) http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/45/
“Behind the Veil: Sedgwick and Anonymous Publication.” Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Critical Perspectives. Ed. Lucinda L. Damon-Bach and Victoria Clements. Boston: Northeastern UP, 2002. 19−35. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/124/
“‘Every Body Sees the Theft’: Fanny Fern and Literary Proprietorship in Antebellum America.” New England Quarterly 74 (2001): 210-37. (a revised and expanded version appears in my book) http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/51/
“‘Links of Similitude’: The Narrator of The Country of the Pointed Firs and Author-Reader Relations at the End of the Nineteenth Century. Jewett and Her Contemporaries: Reshaping the Canon. Ed. Karen L. Kilcup and Thomas S. Edwards. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 1999. 76-98. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/74/
Introductions and Bibliographies
Introduction, The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather. New York: Signet Classics, 2007. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/125/
Lucinda L. Damon-Bach, Allison J. Roepsch, and Melissa J. Homestead. “Chronological Bibliography of the Works of Catharine Maria Sedgwick.” Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Critical Perspectives. Ed. Lucinda L. Damon-Bach and Victoria Clements. Boston: Northeastern UP, 2002. 295-313. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/119/
Melissa J. Homestead and Vicki L. Martin. “Chronological Bibliography of E.D.E.N. Southworth’s Works Privileging Periodical Publication.” E.D.E.N. Southworth: Recovering a Nineteenth-Century Popular Novelist. Melissa J. Homestead and Pamela T. Washington, eds. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 2012. 285-306. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/englishfacpubs/133/