A companion to literatures of colonial America by Susan Castillo, Ivy Schweitzer

By Susan Castillo, Ivy Schweitzer

This extensive creation 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 quite a few ancient and cultural contexts, together with colonialism, imperialism, diaspora, and country formation.
  • Highlights interactions among local, non-scribal teams and Europeans through the early centuries of exploration.
  • Covers a variety of methods to defining and analyzing early American writing.
  • Looks on the improvement of nearby spheres of effect within the 17th and eighteenth centuries.
  • Serves as an essential adjunct to Castillo and Schweitzer’s ‘The Literatures of Colonial the US: An Anthology’ (Blackwell Publishing, 2001).

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Intriguingly, this multiplication of colonial periods across the hemisphere would not temporally or spatially exclude the space of the nation, but, in given instances, newly engage with it, not as a stage only or necessarily following some fixed colonial stage, but as a level that differentially intersects with a colonial level. Comparing/Comparative Desire As North American literary and cultural historian Philip Gould (2003) has rightly pointed out, there are tremendous difficulties attendant upon the imagining of these kinds of conceptual and categorical shifts.

Prologomenal Thinking 15 Interestingly, while both of these projects obviously engage constructions of categories of difference – especially of ethnic difference – by a number of colonized and colonizing groups, their focus on analyzing the intersections of multiple discursive practices at specific moments has displaced the centrality of any one construction of difference as the only point of entry into interpretation and understanding. Both scholars instead suggest that what is most significant in a given historical instance are the configurations shaped by many mutually informing, even if mutually contradicting, discourses.

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