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American Literature and the New Puritan Studies

American Literature and the New Puritan Studies


Bryce Traister, Paul Downes, Nan Goodman, Michael Schuldiner, Linda M. Johnson, Allison Margaret Bigelow, Betty Booth Donohue, Brice Peterson, Jason M. Payton, Jonathan Beecher Field, Harry Brown, Michael Ditmore, Abram C. Van Engen
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  • Date Published: November 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107101883

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  • This book contains thirteen original essays about Puritan culture in colonial New England. Prompted by the growing interest in secular studies, as well as postnational, transnational, and postcolonial critique in the humanities, American Literature and the New Puritan Studies seeks to represent and advance contemporary interest in a field long recognized, however problematically, as foundational to the study of American literature. It invites readers of American literature and culture to reconsider the role of seventeenth-century Puritanism in the creation of the United States of America and its consequent cultural and literary histories. It also records the significant transformation in the field of Puritan studies that has taken place in the last quarter century. In addition to re-reading well known texts of seventeenth-century Puritan New England, the volume contains essays focused on unknown or lesser studied events and texts, as well as new scholarship on post-Puritan archives, monuments, and historiography.

    • Introduces professionals, students, and general readers to recent scholarship about American Puritanism, bringing different communities of readers into a shared conversation about the topics
    • This book collects recent scholarship by different readers of American Puritanism into one place, broadening the conversation within and outside of specialist scholarship
    • Discusses American Puritanism in accessible, jargon-free prose, making the study of Puritanism less forbidding to readers both new and old
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is valuable to any student or scholar of early American, Puritan, and/or American studies wanting a good overview of the changes to these fields in the last quarter-century. And I recommend it as an example of exciting scholarship that demonstrates new habits of research and reading.' Andrea Knutson, American Literary History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107101883
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 158 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the new Puritan studies Bryce Traister
    Part I. Unexpected Puritans:
    2. Sovereignty and grace: Hobbes and the Puritans Paul Downes
    3. Sabbatai Sevi and the Ottoman Jews in Increase Mather's The Mystery of Israel's Salvation Nan Goodman
    4. Benjamin Colman, laughter, and Church membership in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Massachusetts Michael Schuldiner
    5. A pre-millennial portrait during the revocation of the Massachusetts Charter Linda M. Johnson
    Part II. Puritanism's Others:
    6. Imperial translations: new world missionary linguistics, indigenous interpreters, and universal languages in the early modern era Allison Margaret Bigelow
    7. Native poetics in Edward Johnson's Wonder-Working Providence of Sions Saviour in New England Betty Booth Donohue
    8. Pregnancy and anxiety: medicine, religion, and the occult in Cotton Mather's The Angel of Bethesda Brice Peterson
    9. Monuments of grace and spectacles of terror: Cotton Mather and the case of William Fly Jason M. Payton
    Part III. Puritan Afterlives:
    10. Puritan acts and monuments Jonathan Beecher Field
    11. Toward digital Puritan studies: iconoclasm, child mortality, and patterns of mourning in the Farber Gravestone Collection Harry Brown
    12. What do we know about the New England Puritans, and when did we know it? Twenty-first century reconsiderations of William Bradford and John Winthrop Michael Ditmore
    13. Claiming the high ground: Catholics, Protestants, and the City on a Hill Abram C. Van Engen
    14. Afterword: '… and American literature' Bryce Traister
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  • Editor

    Bryce Traister, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Bryce Traister is a Professor of English and American Studies at University of Western Ontario. Born in Southern California, he holds a Ph.D. in English from University of California, Berkeley. He has published widely on American literary studies and methodology. He is the author of Female Piety and the Invention of American Puritanism (2016) and is a past President of the Canadian Association of American Studies.


    Bryce Traister, Paul Downes, Nan Goodman, Michael Schuldiner, Linda M. Johnson, Allison Margaret Bigelow, Betty Booth Donohue, Brice Peterson, Jason M. Payton, Jonathan Beecher Field, Harry Brown, Michael Ditmore, Abram C. Van Engen

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