By Susan Castillo, Ivy Schweitzer
This large advent to Colonial American literatures brings out the comparative and transatlantic nature of the writing of this era and highlights the interactions among local, non-scribal teams, and Europeans that helped to form early American writing.
- Situates the writing of this era in its a number of historic and cultural contexts, together with colonialism, imperialism, diaspora, and kingdom formation.
- Highlights interactions among local, non-scribal teams and Europeans throughout the early centuries of exploration.
- Covers a variety of techniques to defining and studying early American writing.
- Looks on the improvement of neighborhood spheres of impression within the 17th and eighteenth centuries.
- Serves as an important adjunct to Castillo and Schweitzer’s ‘The Literatures of Colonial the US: An Anthology’ (Blackwell Publishing, 2001).
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A Native American studies approach to the history and literatures of the colonial eras is distinguished by its commitment to recovering Native views of colonization by consulting living tribal traditions and peoples, as well as recovering Native texts embedded in colonial archives. Increasingly, Native academics and activists are also pushing the field of Native American studies not only to develop its own Indiancentered methodologies but also to tailor its scholarly agendas to support indigenist critiques of colonialism and efforts towards self-determination and decolonization.
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A companion to literatures of colonial America by Susan Castillo, Ivy Schweitzer