Group administrator: Sarah Rivett, Jan. 2019
This essay explores how the early American stage functioned as an incubator for ideas about national identity, artistic expression, and masculinity. Reading four plays from the early years of the Republic – Royall Tyler’s The Contrast, William Dunlap’s Andre´, John Augustus Stone’s Metamora, and Robert Montgomery Bird’s The Gladiator, I demonstrat…[Read more]
A review of Daniel Hack’s work on the intersections of African American and Victorian literatures.
Review Essay on Black Women and 19th-century American Print Culture
This article focuses on William Wells Brown’s 1854 history of the Haitian Revolution.
This article reads the printing and commentary on Tennyson’s “Charge of the Light Brigade” in Frederick Douglass’ Paper as an act and theorization of translation.
This article explores the illustrations that appeared in the Colored American (1837-1841), a black newspaper published in New York City.
This paper examines textiles as an indicator of social class in the sentimental novels of the American long 1850s. Publications such as Godey’s Lady’s Book (1830) and Lady’s World of Fashion (1842) are credited with creating the ties between social status and textile quality. Yet, domestic novels of the long 1850s such as The Discarded Daugh…[Read more]
Nicky Agate started the topic Call for Contributors: The Open Anthology of Early American Literature in the discussion American Literature to 1800 on MLA Commons 1 year, 3 months ago
The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature was initially created by Robin deRosa at Plymouth State University. Working with students, they collected public domain texts, edited them as necessary and created introductions for each to form the beginnings of a new, definitive anthology of Early American Literature.
The project is now in the…[Read more]
In late 1991, an editor at the Sunday New York Times Book Review asked me to write a feature article about that uniquely American genre, the Indian captivity narrative. When the editor called, I was dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona. I accepted the Times assignment in hopes that writing this article might prove a…[Read more]
Theories of the public sphere and of imagined political communities of shared reading have had lasting effects on the theoretical conceptualization of Americanist book history, but they also largely overlook the materiality of texts in ways that early and nineteenth-century American readers and writers did not. This essay reads early and…[Read more]
Reminder to support and promote the four programs arranged by the Early American forum:
#. Title (Time, Place)
129. Politics of Invocation (Thursday the 5th, 5:15 pm, 106B, Convention Center)
167. Post-American Literature (Thursday the 5th, 7:00 pm, 104B, Convention Center)
255. Puritanism (Friday the 6th, 10:15 am, 105A, Convention…[Read more]
This essay examines a longstanding normative assumption in the historiography of slavery in the Atlantic world: that enslaved Africans and their American-born descendants were bought and sold as “commodities,” thereby “dehumanizing” them and treating them as things rather than as persons. Such claims have, indeed, helped historians concept…[Read more]
Ean High replied to the topic 129. Politics of Invocation. Forum LLC Early American. MLA 2017 in the discussion American Literature to 1800 on MLA Commons 1 year, 6 months ago
Done! Thanks for the tip. Just as a status update, the Calendar Event is discoverable, but I got back-to-back “gateway / time-out” errors when I submitted the new event. Anyway, glad that there is a shared calendar for exciting things like this.
Nicky Agate replied to the topic 129. Politics of Invocation. Forum LLC Early American. MLA 2017 in the discussion American Literature to 1800 on MLA Commons 1 year, 6 months ago
Now that groups have their own event calendars, you can add this panel to the calendar by clicking Events above.
Ean High started the topic 129. Politics of Invocation. Forum LLC Early American. MLA 2017 in the discussion American Literature to 1800 on MLA Commons 1 year, 6 months ago
The 2017 conference bulletin is up. The Early American panel is going to be fantastic this year. LINK. <i>Thursday, 5 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 106B, Pennsylvania Convention Center</i>
Early American studies scholar and feminist literary critic, Annette Kolodny, offers three projects that she would take on if she were not now retiring from the profession. These three projects include a feminist analysis of women’s interactions on the earliest contact and frontier landscapes; the development of a cross- and inter-disciplinary…[Read more]
Joyce Meier of Michigan State University and I are editing a collection of scholarly essays on the theme of Voice and Empowerment in English studies. Cambridge Scholars Publishing is interested in publishing this book.
As faculty members, we try to empower our students and to encourage them to develop their own voices. We also…[Read more]
The University of Groningen in the Netherlands, a highly-ranked international research university, is looking to appoint 2 PhD students and 1 postdoc in early American literature. All positions are salaried at well over € 2000/month and come with full benefits, such as vacation money, and no teaching. Digital applications should be received b…[Read more]
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