First published between 1982 and 1983, this series examines the peculiarly American cultural context out of which the nation’s literature has developed. Covering the years from 1620 to 1830, this first volume of American Literature in Context examines a range of texts from the writings of the Puritan settlers through the declaration of Independence to the novels of Fenimore Cooper. In doing so, it shows how early Americans thought about their growing nation, their arguments for immigration, for political and cultural independence, and the doubts they experienced in this ambitious project.
This book will be of interest to those studying American literature and American studies.
General Editor’s Preface; Part One: America as Type and Thing; Introduction; 1. Captain John Smith (1580-1631) 2. Robert Cushman (c. 1599-1625) 3. William Bradford (1590-1657); Part Two: ‘Rise, Wash and Address Powerful Goodness’; 4. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) 5. Thomas Paine (1737-1809) 6. The Declaration of Independence; Part Three: Retrospective Revolutions; 7. Hector St John de Crèvecoeur (1735-1813) 8. Philip Freneau (1752-1832) and Joel Barlow (1754-1812) 9. Washington Irving (1783-1859) 10. James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851); Index
First published between 1982 and 1983, this series examines the peculiarly American cultural context out of which the nation’s literature has developed. Covering the years from 1620-1930, these four volumes present a coherent, consecutive and comprehensive sequence of interpretations of major American texts, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama. Every chapter includes an extract from the chosen text which serves as a springboard for wider discussion and analysis. Each analysis demonstrates how students can move into and then from the pages of literature to a consideration of the whole text, and thence to an understanding of the author’s oeuvre and of the cultural moment in which he or she lived and wrote.
This set will be a valuable resource for students of American literature and American studies.