The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

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The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature is a major new reference work that provides the best single-volume source of original scholarship on early American literature. Comprised of twenty-seven chapters written by experts in their fields, this work presents an authoritative, in-depth, and up-to-date assessment of a crucial area within literary studies. Organized primarily in terms of genre, the chapters include original research on key concepts, as well as analysis of interesting texts from throughout colonial America. Separate chapters are devoted to literary genres of great importance at the time of their composition that have been neglected in recent decades, such as histories, promotion literature, and scientific writing. New interpretations are offered on the works of Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards and Dr. Alexander Hamilton while lesser known figures are also brought to light. Newly vital areas like print culture and natural history are given full treatment. As with other Oxford Handbooks, the contributors cover the field in a comprehensive yet accessible way that is suitable for those wishing to gain a good working knowledge of an area of study and where it's headed.show more

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  • Hardback | 656 pages
  • 172.72 x 248.92 x 45.72mm | 1,202.01g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019518727X
  • 9780195187274
  • 2,003,718

Table of contents

Notes on the Contributors ; Introduction ; Part I Exploration and Promotion ; 1 The Literature of Exploration - E. Thomson Shields, Jr. ; 2 Captain John Smith - Steven Olsen-Smith ; 3 Promotion Literature - Karen Schramm ; Part II Devotional Literature ; 4 Puritan Historians and Historiography - Naoki Onishi ; 5 New England Poetry - Ronald Bosco and Jillmarie Murphy ; 6 Captivity Literature - Lorrayne Carroll ; 7 Jonathan Edwards and The Great Awakening - Thomas S. Kidd ; Part III The Augustan Age in America ; 8 Augustan American Verse - Chris Beyers ; 9 Picaresque Travel Narratives -Daniel Royot ; 10 Dr. Alexander Hamilton - Kevin J. Hayes ; 11 Indian Voices in Early American Literature - Joshua David Bellin ; 12 Scientific Discourse - Susan Scott Parrish ; Part IV Contexts of Reading ; 13 Newspapers and Magazines - Christine Modey ; 14 Print and Manuscript Culture - Carla Mulford ; 15 Early American Libraries - Sarah Fatherly ; Part V Expressions of Individuality ; 16 Diaries - Kevin Berland ; 17 Early American Autobiography - Susan Clair Imbarrato ; 18 Early American Slave Narratives - April Langley ; 19 Benjamin Franklin - Kevin J. Hayes ; Part VI The Revolutionary Era ; 20 Early American Drama - Jason Shaffer ; 21 The Literature of Politics - Frank Shuffelton ; 22 Revolutionary Verse - Colin Wells ; Part VII Late Eighteenth-Century Prose ; 23 The Beginnings of the American Novel - Melissa J. Homestead ; 24 Crevecoeurs Letters from an American Farmer - David J. Carlson ; 25 History as Literature - Ed White ; 26 The Place of Natural History in Early American Literature - Kevin J. Hayesshow more

About Kevin J. Hayes

Kevin J. Hayes was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of many books including A Peep into Korea, An American Cycling Odyssey, 1887, A Colonial Womans Bookshelf, and The Library of William Byrd of Westover, for which he won the Virginia Library History Award presented by the Virginia Center for the Book and the Library of Virginia.show more

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