By Paul Lauter
This expansive better half bargains a suite of unpolluted views at the wealth of texts produced in and round what's now the United States.* Highlights the various voices that represent American literature, embracing oral traditions, slave narratives, local writing, literature of our environment, and extra* Demonstrates that American literature used to be multicultural prior to Europeans arrived at the continent, or even extra so thereafter* bargains 3 particular paradigms for brooding about American literature, targeting: genealogies of yank literary research; writers and concerns; and modern theories and practices* permits scholars and researchers to generate richer, extra diversified and extra complete readings of yank literature
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Another surprising literary talent is Reverend Edward Taylor, who spent much of his life writing poetry that demonstrated that art was not antithetical to religion but who knew that his fellow clergy and many of the members of his own congregation would The Emergence of the Literatures 21 not agree. Few if any of his contemporaries ever read his poems and his manuscripts remained undiscovered until 1939. Born in England, Taylor studied at Cambridge before coming to America and completing his degree at Harvard.
Whereas American literature survey courses before the 1960s usually began with Ralph Waldo Emerson and the early nineteenth century, today many introductory courses begin with the early myths and narratives of Native Americans and then turn to the considerable writings of the early explorers and colonists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. While three decades ago, the New England Puritans were nearly always the first authors to appear in American anthologies, now editors include as many as 200 pages of writing produced before the English arrived.
As William’s business was failing, Susanna began to write poetry and fiction including Charlotte Temple (1794), the first American best seller. It is a heart-rending tale of a young English woman who is seduced by a villain, taken to America, becomes pregnant, and is abandoned to die. Rowson returned to the United States with her husband and, in the second half of her life, she had a career on the stage as an actress, dancer, and musician. Forty editions of Charlotte Temple were published in Rowson’s lifetime.
A Companion to American Literature and Culture (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture) by Paul Lauter