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Title Worlding America : a transnational anthology of short narratives before 1800 / edited and with an introduction and critical notes by Oliver Scheiding and Martin Seidl
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2014
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Contents Relation of what occurred in New France in the year 1633 (1634) / Paul Le Jeune -- An Atlantic voyage (1668) / Edward Taylor -- An early description of Pennsylvania and the sea voyage from Europe (1724) / Christopher Sauer -- The shipwreck of Anthony Thacher (1684) / Anthony Thacher -- The misfortunes of Alonso Ramírez (1690) / Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora -- A short account of the life of John, alias Owen Syllavan (1756) / Owen Syllavan -- The narrative and confession of Thomas Powers, a Negro (1796) / Thomas Powers -- The narrative of Marie Le Roy and Barbara Leininger, for three years captives among the Indians (1759) / Marie Le Roy and Barbara Leininger -- A narrative of a notable deliverance from captivity (1697) / Cotton Mather -- The Duston family (1836) / Anonymous [Nathaniel Hawthorne] -- Inhuman treatment to a Negro slave (1791) / Antonetta [Margaretta V. Faugeres] -- Story of Henry and Anne : founded on fact (1791) / Ann Eliza Bleecker -- Negro trade : a fragment (1787) / Anonymous -- Zimeo : a tale (1789) / Anonymous [Jean-François de Saint-Lambert] -- Memoirs of a spy (1798) / Antiphilus [pseudonym] -- The inexorable captain : a short story (1788) / Philip Freneau -- Firnaz and Mirvan : an eastern tale (1792) / Anonymous -- Louisa : a novel (1790) / Sabina [pseudonym] -- Azakia : a Canadian story (1783) / Anonymous [Nicolas Bricaire de la Dixmerie] -- The child of snow (1792) / Anonymous -- An account of a murder committed by Mr. J. -- Y --, upon his family, in December, A.D. 1781 (1796) / Anna [pseudonym] -- Valeria : an Italian tale (1799) / Anonymous [Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian] -- A narrative of an apparition which a gentleman in Boston, had of his brother, just then murdered in London (1692) / Cotton Mather -- The ghost of Falkner Swamp (1744) / Anonymous -- A Chiricahua woman visits the underworld (n.d.) / Chiricahua -- Sir Bertrand : a fragment, by Mrs. Barbauld (1787) / Anonymous [Anna Lætitia Barbauld] -- The devil and Tom Walker (1824) / Washington Irving -- A maiden's story (c. 1524) / K'iche' Maya -- Corn mother (n.d.) / Penobscot -- The origin of tobacco (1784) / Benjamin Franklin
Summary Worlding America explores the circulation of short narratives in the early Americas through a combination of neglected primary materials and scholarly commentary. Building on recent reconsiderations of American literature in light of transnational and hemispheric approaches, it follows the migration of stories from various backgrounds and demonstrates how forms and themes developed in a new literary market that spanned the Atlantic world.While short narratives prior to 1800 have been largely excluded from critical discussions as well as anthologies, they give insight into the conditions of pub
Notes "Worlding America explores the circulation of short narratives in the early Americas through a combination of neglected primary materials and scholarly commentary. Building on recent reconsiderations of American literature in light of transnational and hemispheric approaches, it follows the migration of stories from various backgrounds and demonstrates how forms and themes developed in a new literary market that spanned the Atlantic world. While short narratives prior to 1800 have been largely excluded from critical discussions as well as anthologies, they give insight into the conditions of publishing and writing as well as the demand for brief, entertaining pieces that was met by a wide variety of sources, including sermons, letters, diaries, travelogues, and, eventually, magazines and newspapers. Breaking with traditional concepts of period, authorship, and genre, Worlding America groups the different types of narratives it anthologizes according to key subject areas such as "Life Writing," "Female Agency," or the "Cultures of Print." Each section is introduced by a headnote that explains relevant historical and literary developments, situating each narrative in its cultural context and providing its publication history."--Publisher's Web site
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Americas -- 17th century -- Literatures.
Americas -- 18th century -- Literatures.
Form Electronic book
Author Scheiding, Oliver, editor, writer of introduction
Seidl, Martin (Martin Johannes), editor, writer of introduction
ISBN 0804792593 (electronic bk.)
9780804792592 (electronic bk.)