Category Archives: American literature

England’s colonies

John Smith, William Bradford, and John Winthrop are often the focus of attention, but the English (in many varieties) alone started fourteen colonies in about 115 years. This chart briefly describes them. Other European nations, of course, started many colonies … Continue reading

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Rhetoric and fiction

English 3510 Our introduction to Hope Leslie suggests that Sedgwick sees her texts as teaching morals: “Nineteenth-century critics endowed literature with both an aesthetic and moral purpose, which accorded with her perspective. Their laudatory recognition of her moral intent gave … Continue reading

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Franklin as text

•What models does Franklin encounter? How do they influence him? •What texts did Franklin find compelling? Why? “Texts” might include behaviors. •List differences between Franklin’s values and those of the people around him. List commonalities. •How does Franklin understand the world? … Continue reading

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Robert Hass on Edward Taylor

Two quotations from Hass’ “Edward Taylor: What Was He Up To?” in the March/April 2002 issue of The American Poetry Review: The term baroque was introduced into critical discourse about art by the German scholar Heinrich Wolfflin. He used it to … Continue reading

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Becoming Puritan

Edmund S. Morgan’s Visible Saints: The History of a Puritan Idea is one good place discover the process Puritans expected from each other as they started and joined congregations and took communion. This process has its own history, of course, … Continue reading

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English 3510 readings . . .

will be posted in links to the right, by title. I may group them together as the semester continues. The first is “The Cultural Dynamics of American Puritanism” by David M. Robinson.

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Contact zones and transculturation

English 3510 Contact zones and transculturation (from American Passages) Has Pablo Tac written an example of transculturation? What evidence from his text might defend that idea? Transculturation: A term coined by Cuban anthropologist Fernando Ortiz that refers to a process … Continue reading

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