Paul Lauter is the Smith Professor of Literature at Trinity College. He has served as president of the American Studies Association and is a major figure in the revision of the American literary canon. Richard Yarborough is Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of California-Los Angeles. His work focuses on African American literature and on the construction of race in U.S. culture. He directs the University Press of New England”s Library of Black Literature series. John Alberti teaches at Northern Kentucky University and has a Ph.D. in American literature from UCLA. His main area of research is multicultural American literature and culture. Mary Pat Brady teaches U.S. Literature. She has written extensively on contemporary U.S. Latino literature. Dr. Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation) is associate professor of First Nations Studies and English at the University of British Columbia. In addition to numerous essays on Indigenous literature and cultural history, he is the author of Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History, and the Indigenous fantasy epic, The Way of Thorn and Thunder: The Kynship Chronicles.
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BEGINNINGS TO 1700. Indigenous Literary Traditions. Native American Oral Literatures. Creation/Emergence Accounts:Talk Concerning the First Beginning. Changing Woman and the Hero Twins after the Emergence of the People. Origin of the Sun Shower. Wohpe and the Gift of the Pipe. The Origin of Stories. Iroquois or Confederacy of the Five Nations. Iktomi and the Dancing Ducks. Man”s Dependence on Animals. Origin of Disease and Medicine. Raven and Marriage.Creation of the Whites. The Arrival of the Whites. Ritual Poetry, Song, and Ceremony:Sayatasha”s Night Chant. The Singer”s Art. Two Songs. Like Flowers Continually Perishing. Moved. Improvised Greeting. Song.Widow”s Song. My Breath. Deer Hunting Song. Song of Repulse to a Vain Lover. A Dream Song.Song of the Drum. Song of War. Song of War. War Song. Song of War. Song of War. Thanksgiving Address. Formula to Attract a Woman. Formula for Going to the Water. IN FOCUS: AMERICA IN THE WORLD/THE WORLD IN AMERICA- AMERICA IN THE EUROPEAN IMAGINATION. Thomas More:from Utopia. Michel de Montaigne:from “Of Cannibals.” Theodor Galle: after a drawing by Jan van der Straet, America, c. 1575. John Donne:Elegie XIX, To his Mistris Going to Bed. Francis Bacon:from New Atlantis. Bartolome de Las Casas:from Brevisima relacion de la destruccion de las Indias. NEW SPAIN. Christopher Columbus:from Journal of the First Voyage to America, 1492-1493.from Narrative of the Third Voyage, 1498-1500. IN FOCUS: AESTHETICS-AESTHETICS AND CRITICISM–PARADIGMS OF CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS. Frederick Jackson Turner:from The Significance of the Frontier in American History. Andrew Wiget:from Reading Against the Grain: Origin Stories and American Literacy History. Annette Kolodny:from Letting Go Our Grand Obsessions:Notes Toward a New Literary History of the American Frontiers. Mary Louise Pratt:from Imperial Eyes:Travel Writing and Transculturation. Paul Gilroy:from The Black Atlantic:Modernity and Double Consciousness. Paula M. L. Moya and Ramon Saldivar:from Fictions of the Trans-American Imaginary. Anibal Quijano and Immanuel Wallerstein:from “Americanity as a Concept,” or “the Americas in the Modern World-System.” “Decolonial Aesthetics (I)” TDI/Transnational Decolonial Institute. Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca:from Relation. Prologue. From Chapter VII. Chapter VIII. Chapter X. Chapter XI. Chapter XXI. Chapter XXIV. Chapter XXVII. Chapter XXXII. Chapter XXXIII. Chapter XXXIV. Fray Marcos de Niza:from A Relation, Touching His Discovery of the Kingdom of Ceuola or Cibola. Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala:from El Primer Nueva Coronica y Buen Gobierno. from Part 5:The Conquest of This Kingdom. Fray Alonso Gregorio de Escobedo:from La Florida. Juan de Onate y Salazar:Letter Written by Don Juan de Onate from New Mexico, 1599. Gaspar Perez de Villagr :from Historia de la Nueva Mexico. The Apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe in 1531. Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz:48,In Reply to a Gentleman from Peru. 94,Which Reveals the Honorable Ancestry of a High-Born Drunkard. 317,Villancico VI, from “Santa Catarina,” 1691. Don Antonio de Otermin:Letter on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. The Coming of the Spanish and the Pueblo Revolt (Hopi). Don Diego de Vargas:from Letter on The Reconquest of New Mexico, 1692. NEW FRANCE. Rene Goulaine de Laudonni re:from A Notable Historie Containing Foure Voyages unto Florida. Samuel de Champlain:from The Voyages of Samuel de Champlain, 1604-1618. The Jesuit Relations:from The Relation of 1647. CHESAPEAKE. Thomas Harriot:from A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia. Edward Maria Wingfield:from A Discourse of Virginia. John Smith: from The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles. from A Description of New England. from Advertisements for the Unexperienced Planters of New-England. Richard Frethorne:to His Parents (Virginia, 1623). Nathaniel Bacon:his Manifesto Concerning the Present Troubles in Virginia. James Revel:The Poor, Unhappy Transported Felon. NEW NETHERLAND. Adriaen van der Donck:from A Description of New Netherland. NEW ENGLAND. Thomas Morton:from New English Canaan. John Winthrop:from A Modell of Christian Charity. from The Journal of John Winthrop. William Bradford:from Of Plymouth Plantation. Roger Williams:from A Key into the Language of America. To the Town of Providence. Testimony of Roger Williams relative to his first coming into the Narragansett country. Thomas Shepard:Autobiography . Anne Bradstreet:The Prologue. In Honour of . . . Queen Elizabeth. The Author to Her Book. To Her Father with Some Verses. The Flesh and the Spirit. Before the Birth of One of Her Children. To My Dear and Loving Husband. A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment. In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet. On My Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet, Who Died on 16 November, 1669. Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666.To My Dear Children. Michael Wigglesworth:from The Diary of Michael Wigglesworth. A Song of Emptiness. The Bay Psalm Book (1640) and The New England Primer. Mary White Rowlandson :from A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson. Edward Taylor:from God”s Determinations. from Occasional Poems. from Preparatory Meditations, First Series. from Preparatory Meditations, Second Series. from A Valediction to all the World preparatory for Death 3d of the 11m 1720 (from Version 1). Samuel Sewall:from The Diary of Samuel Sewall. The Selling of Joseph, A Memorial.My Verses upon the New Century . Cotton Mather:from The Wonders of the Invisible World. from Magnalia Christi Americana. from Decennium Luctuosum: An History of Remarkable Occurrences in the Long War. from The Negro Christianized. from Bonifacius. John Williams:from The Redeemed Captive Returning to Zion. IN FOCUS: SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY ANGLO-AMERICAN POETRY. Thomas Tillam: Uppon the first sight of New-England June 29, 1638. John Wilson: Anagram made by mr John Willson of Boston upon the Death of Mrs. Abigaill Tompson. John Josselyn:Verses made sometime since upon the Picture of a young and handsome Gypsie. The Poem. John Saffin:. The Negroes Character. George Alsop:Trafique is Earth”s Great Atlas. Sarah Whipple Goodhue: Lines to Her Family. Benjamin Tompson:Chelmsford”s Fate. A Supplement.Richard Steere:On a Sea-Storm nigh the Coast. Anna Tompson Hayden:Upon the Death of Elizabeth Tompson. Elizabeth Sowle Bradford:To the Reader, in Vindication of this Book. Roger Wolcott:from A Brief Account of the Agency of the Honorable John Winthrop, Esq. Mary French, from A Poem Written by a Captive Damsel. EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.SETTLEMENT AND RELIGION. Sarah Kemble Knight:The Journal of Madam Knight. Louis Armand de Lom d”Arce, Baron de Lahontan:from New Voyages to North-America from 1683 to 1694. William Byrd II: from The History of the Dividing Line betwixt Virginia and North Carolina and The Secret History of the Line. Letter to Mrs. Jane Pratt Taylor, Virginia, the 10th of October, 1735. IN FOCUS: RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY-ON NATURE AND NATURE”S GOD. John Locke:from Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Alexander Pope:from Essay on Man, Epistle I. Jonathan Edwards:from Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. James Otis:from The Discourse of Nature and Government. Anna Eliza Bleecker:On the Immensity of Creation. Philip Freneau:On the Universality and Other Attributes of the God of Nature. Thomas Paine:from The Age of Reason. Jonathan Edwards:from Images of Divine Things. On Sarah Pierrepont. from A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God. Personal Narrative. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Elizabeth Ashbridge:from Some Account of the Fore Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge. John Woolman:from The Journal of John Woolman. from Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes. Francisco Palou:from Life of Junipero Serra. IN FOCUS: EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ANGLO-AMERICAN POETRY. Ebenezer Cook:The Sot-weed Factor. Susanna Wright:To Eliza Norris-at Fairhill. Anna Boylens Letter to King Henry the 8th. Richard Lewis: A Journey from Patapsko to Annapolis, April 4, 1730. William Dawson:The Wager. A Tale. Jane Colman Turell:Psalm CXXXVII. Paraphras”d August 5th, 1725. AETAT. 17.
. On Reading the Warning By Mrs. Singer. To My Muse, December 29, 1725. Lucy Terry:Bars Fight. Thomas Godfrey:from The Prince of Parthia, A Tragedy. Annis Boudinot Stockton: To Laura. Epistle, To Lucius. A Poetical Epistle. The Vision, an Ode to Washington. Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson:Upon the Discovery of the Planet By Mr. Herschel of Bath. On a Beautiful Damask Rose, Emblematical of Love and Wedlock. On the Mind”s Being Engrossed by One Subject. Nathaniel Evans:Hymn to May. Ode to the Memory of Mr. Thomas Godfrey. To Benjamin Franklin. Anna Young Smith:On Reading Swift”s Works. An Elegy to the Memory of the American Volunteers. Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton:from Ou bi: or the Virtues of Nature, An Indian Tale. Stanzas to a Husband Recently United. The African Chief. Margaretta Bleecker Faug res:The following Lines were occasioned by Mr. Robertson”s refusing to paint for one Lady, and immediately after taking another lady”s likeness, 1793. To Aribert. October, 1790. Poems Published Anonymously:The Lady”s Complaint. Verses Written by a Young Lady, on Women Born to Be Controll”d! The Maid”s Soliloquy. NATIVE AMERICAN POLITICAL TEXTS AND ORATORY. Katteuha:Letter from Cherokee Indian Women, to Benjamin Franklin. Corn (Old) Tassel/ Kai-yah-teh-hee/Onitossitah:Cherokee Reply to the Commissioners of North Carolina and Virginia, July 1777. NATIVE AMERICA IN FOCUS: NORTHERN NEW YORK:MOHEGAN/ BROTHERTON TRIBES. Samson Occom (Mohegan):A Short Narrative of My Life. A Sermon Preached by Samson Occom. Handsome Lake:How America Was Discovered. Joseph Johnson:Speech to the Oneidas. Hendrick Aupaumut:from A Short Narration of My Last Journey to the Western Country. VOICES OF REVOLUTION AND NATIONALISM. Benjamin Franklin:The Way to Wealth: Preface to Poor Richard Improved. A Witch Trial at Mount Holly. The Speech of Polly Baker. An Edict by the King of Prussia. The Ephemera, an Emblem of Human Life. Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America. On the Slave-Trade: To the Editor of the Federal Gazette. Speech in the Convention: At the Conclusion of Its Deliberations. From The Autobiography.Mercy Otis Warren:To Fidelio. from The Ladies of Castille. from An Address to the Inhabitants of the United States of America. J. Hector St. John de Cr vecoeur:from Letters from an American Farmer. Thomas Paine: from Common Sense. from The American Crisis. from The Age of Reason. John Adams and Abigail Adams:from Autobiography of John Adams. Letters from Abigail Adams to John Adams. Thomas Jefferson:from Notes on the State of Virginia. from Letter to James Madison, Oct. 28, 1785. from Letter to James Madison, Dec. 20, 1787. Letter to Benjamin Banneker, Aug. 30, 1791. Letter to the Marquis de Condorcet, Aug. 30, 1791. Letter to Edward Coles, Aug. 25, 1814. Letter to Peter Carr , Aug. 10, 1787. from Letter to Benjamin Hawkins , Feb. 18, 1803. Letter to Nathaniel Burwell .