A Companion to the Literatures of Colonial America

A Companion to the Literatures of Colonial America

Editor(s): Susan Castillo, Ivy Schweitzer

Published Online: 26 NOV 2007

Print ISBN: 9781405112918

Online ISBN: 9780470996416

DOI: 10.1002/9780470996416

About this Book

This broad introduction to Colonial American literatures brings out the comparative and transatlantic nature of the writing of this period and highlights the interactions between native, non-scribal groups, and Europeans that helped to shape early American writing.

  • Situates the writing of this period in its various historical and cultural contexts, including colonialism, imperialism, diaspora, and nation formation.
  • Highlights interactions between native, non-scribal groups and Europeans during the early centuries of exploration.
  • Covers a wide range of approaches to defining and reading early American writing.
  • Looks at the development of regional spheres of influence in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
  • Serves as a vital adjunct to Castillo and Schweitzer's 'The Literatures of Colonial America: An Anthology' (Blackwell Publishing, 2001).

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Issues and Methods

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  2. Part II: New World Encounters

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  3. Part III: Negotiating Identities

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  4. Part IV: Genres and Writers: Cross-Cultural Conversations

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