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American: 1600-1783

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Chapter 1: Early American Literature to 1700
“This site outlines the beliefs and characteristics of the Puritan authors of the early colonies in America. It also details some of the reasons for the decline of Puritanism in American and the impacts of the Puritan spirit on later Americans. Includes extensive bibliography”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Paul P. Reuben
From: PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide
I Believe Hardly a Word of It: Fact, Fiction, and Forgery in Eighteenth-Century Narratives
“This paper provides not so much an answer as a question, and a naive one at that, which grew out of my recent work on fakes and forgeries. Such frauds not long to seek: the eighteenth century is crawling with them… It seems important to figure out what all these cases have in common — what, in short, constitutes a fake. So let’s see: each faker is a liar, who disseminates extended falsehoods, who represents his work as something it is not, and who tries to deceive his audience about the nature of his text. So far, so good. But here a problem arises: notice that I’ve described not only Psalmanazar and Macpherson, but also Defoe and Richardson. According to these criteria, our beloved novelists are guilty of the same crimes as the mendacious finks: their works are filled with lies, they represent them as something they’re not, and they try to deceive their audience about the nature of their texts. The conclusion is inescapable: the eighteenth-century novelists are just as bad as the forgers.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Jack Lynch
From: CUNY Graduate Center 10 March 2000
Laberinto: An Electronic Journal of Early Modern Hispanic Literatures and Culture
Laberinto, published annually, is a peer-edited interactive electronic journal dedicated to theoretical and/or cross-disciplinary readings of Spanish and Spanish-American texts from the early modern period (1450-1750), particularly those studies able to utilize the unique multimedia opportunities offered by website publication, including the use of images, of audio or video segments, and of hypertext links. The journal will also enable readers to respond to articles with their own multimedia commentaries, which will then become part of each issue. Laberinto seeks through electronic publication to promote scholarly inquiry and to facilitate dialogue among Hispanists and other students of these literatures.”
Author: Christopher B. Weimer, Barbara Simerka, James T. Abraham
“We Hold These Truths”: Strategies of Control in the Literature of the Founders
“There are new and compelling reasons for studying the writings of the Founding Fathers as literature. We are in a better position than previous generations to understand how these texts actually work.”
Contains: Historical Context
Author: Robert A. Ferguson
From: Reconstructing American Literary History Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1986. p.1

Authors in American: 1600-1783 literature:

Joel Barlow (1754 – 1812)Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672)
Eberezer Cooke (1667 – 1732)Rev. Jonathan Edwards (1703 – 1758)
Cotton Mather (1663 – 1728)Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809)
Mary Rowlandson (1635? – 1678)John Trumbull (1750 – 1831)
Phillis Wheatley (1753? – 1784)Unca Eliza Winkfield ( – )

Last Updated Mar 25, 2014