Early Native Literacies in New England: A Documentary and Critical Anthology (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Kristina Bross, Hilary E. Wyss
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2008 - History - 276 pages
0 Reviews
Designed as a corrective to colonial literary histories that have excluded Native voices, this anthology brings together a variety of primary texts produced by the Algonquian peoples of New England during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and very early nineteenth centuries. Included among these written materials and objects are letters, signatures, journals, baskets, pictographs, confessions, wills, and petitions, each of which represents a form of authorship. Together they demonstrate the continuing use of traditional forms of memory and communication and the lively engagement of Native peoples with alphabetic literacy during the colonial period. Each primary text is accompanied by an essay that places it in context and explores its significance. Written by leading scholars in the field, these readings draw on recent trends in literary analysis, history, and anthropology to provide an excellent overview of the field of early Native studies. They are also intended to provoke discussion and open avenues for further exploration by students and other interested readers. Above all, the texts and commentaries gathered in this volume provide an opportunity to see Native American literature as a continuity of expression that reflects choices made long before contact and colonization, rather than as a nineteenth or even twentieth-century invention. Contributors include Heidi Bohaker, Heather Bouwman, Joanna Brooks, Kristina Bross, Stephanie Fitzgerald, Sandra Gustafson, Laura Arnold Leibman, Kevin McBride, David Murray, Laura Murray, Jean O'Brien, Ann Marie Plane, Philip Round, Jodi Schorb, David Silverman, and Hilary E. Wyss.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

IV
15
V
19
VI
21
VII
28
VIII
42
IX
51
X
52
XI
63
XXIV
130
XXV
132
XXVII
142
XXVIII
148
XXIX
162
XXX
164
XXXI
166
XXXII
174

XII
72
XIII
75
XIV
84
XV
86
XVI
88
XVII
93
XVIII
96
XIX
105
XX
108
XXI
110
XXII
119
XXIII
123
XXXIII
191
XXXIV
198
XXXV
201
XXXVII
213
XXXVIII
215
XXXIX
223
XL
237
XLI
242
XLII
251
XLIII
269
XLIV
273
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Kristina Bross is associate professor of English and American studies at Purdue University and author of Dry Bones and Indian Sermons: Praying Indians in Colonial America.

Hilary E. Wyss is associate professor of English at Aubum University and author of Writing Indians: Literacy, Christianity, and Native Community in Early America (University of Massachusetts Press, 2000).