A Mixed Race: Ethnicity in Early America / Edition 1

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Entering one of the most topical and energetic debates of our time, this collection of new essays addresses the issue of ethnicity, focusing on colonial America, a period which has been previously overlooked in recent scholarship about the formation of American culture. The essays in 'A Mixed Race' suggest that American culture has arisen out of unusually rich and interactive ethnic mix--inescapably multicultural from its very beginnings--and that this representation of cultural differences has fundamentally defined American culture. They argue that culture shaped by responses to ethnic and racial difference is not merely a modern circumstance but one at the base of American history.
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"Every essay makes an original contribution, and the collection as a whole greatly increases our understanding of the subject of ethnicity in early America, which until now has received very little attention."--Emory Elliott, University of California, Riverside

"An excellent collection that will be both accessible and useful for undergraduates with a good background in American literature. The essays are also useful for my own research and course preparation."--Lorenzo Thomas, University of Houston-Downtown

"This is a collection much needed in the field of early American literature, bringing to bear the sorts of canon-expanding insights that have altered other areas of American literature already."--Ormond Seavey, George Washington University

"Very valuable for its range, both topically and chronologically. The central idea of the text, effectively presented by Frank Shuffelton, is a fundamental one for all courses in early American literature."--Sargent Bush, University of Wisconsin

"Enhances discussions of early American ethnicity and emerges as a fine example of its kind."--William and Mary Quarterly

"Shuffelton has put together a fascinating collection of essays, some of which address fresh material which will be of great interest to students of American ethnicity."--American Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195075236
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Rochester
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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
I Questions of Race and Ethnicity
1 Economies of Morality and Power: Reading "Race" in Two Colonial Contexts 19
2 "So Unstable and Like Mad Men They Were": Language and Interpretation in American Captivity Narratives 39
3 John Williams's Captivity Narrative: A Consideration of Normative Ethnicity 56
4 The American Indian as Humorist in Colonial Literature 77
5 Red, White, and Black: Indian Captivities, Colonial Printers, and the Early African-American Narrative 92
6 Recapturing John Marrant 105
II Varieties of Ethnic Representation
7 Representation of Ethnicity Among Colonial Pennsylvania Germans 119
8 Cosmopolitanism and the Anglo-Jewish Elite in British America 143
9 Ethnic Humor in Early American Jest Books 163
10 The Gratification of That Corrupt and Lawless Passion: Character Types and Themes in Early New England Rape Narratives 194
III Individual Confrontations
11 Phillis Wheatley and the Black American Revolution 225
12 The Heritage of American Ethnicity in Crevecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer 241
13 Thomas Jefferson: Race, Culture, and the Failure of Anthropological Method 257
Index 279
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