The Cambridge Introduction to Early American Literature

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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.

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"...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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Meet the Author

Emory Elliott is University Professor of the University of California, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California at Riverside, and Director of the Center for Ideas and Society.

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Table of Contents

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.

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