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The Cambridge Introduction to Early American Literature


  • Page extent: 208 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.48 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 810.9/001
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PS185 .E28 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • American literature--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775--History and criticism
    • American literature--Revolutionary period, 1775-1783--History and criticism
    • American literature--1783-1850--History and criticism
    • United States--Intellectual life--18th century
    • United States--Intellectual life--17th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521817172 | ISBN-10: 052181717X)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published October 2002

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$104.00 (P)

Presenting a literary history of American writing (from 1492 to 1820) and a concise social and cultural history, Emory Elliott traces the impact of race, gender, and ethnic conflict on early American culture. He explores the centrality of American Puritanism in the formation of a distinctively American literature. This highly comprehensive study is essential reading for students of the literature, history and culture of early America.


Acknowledgments; Preface; 1. Brave New World; 2. The language of Salem Witchcraft; 3. The dream of a Christian utopia; 4. Personal narrative and history; 5. Poetry; 6. The Jeremiad; 7. Reason and revivalism; 8. Toward the formation of a United States; Afterword; Bibliography.


"...a testimony of the scholar's breadth of mind and openness to fresh ideas...a sign that the academic movement of 'remapping' the 'conventionally outlined borders' of the American literary continent has reached its turning point. Elliott's unbiased approach to the New England heritage is an event of all-American national importance." American Studies International

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