Literatures of Colonial America An Anthology

ISBN-10: 063121125X

ISBN-13: 9780631211259

Edition: 2001

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Description: Compiled in response to emerging transnational perspectives in American Studies, this comprehensive and imaginative anthology brings together a rich variety of works of colonial literature from across the Americas, covering the period from first contact, through to settlement and the emergence of national identities, with an emphasis on the American Revolutionary period. The editors weave together a diverse collection of exploration and travel accounts, epic, occasional and meditational poetry, histories and narratives, ballads, journal entries, oral narratives, letters, and essays to illustrate the depth and breadth of American colonial cultures. Most texts are presented in their original form from first editions. Alongside the standard English colonial texts, works from Native American, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Dutch and Italian sources are also included, some newly translated into English, such as Manuel da Nobrega's Dialogue for the Conversion of the Indians. The volume features a generous selection of texts from New Spain, New France, New Netherland, the Middle Atlantic region and the Chesapeake and Indies, which are rarely brought together. It includes works not usually collected, like Benjamin Church's Entertaining Passages Relating to King Philip's War, and gives a special emphasis to writing by women. These selections, extensively annotated, expand the range of what is usually considered American literature, and offer a unique comparative perspective. This innovative collection enables students and general readers to examine the phenomenon of colonialism across the Americas, both in general terms and in its specific consequences for Native American culture, and for European explorers and settlers.

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List price: $91.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/14/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 628
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.398
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
Exploration and Contact to 1600
Introduction
Before Columbus: Native American Cultures
The Pre-Columbian World
The Origin Myth of Acoma. ..
From The Winnebago Trickster Cycle
The Origin of Stories (Seneca)
Pre-Columbian Literatures of the QuichU
Anonymous QuichU Author (Sixteenth Century): Popol Vuh
Excerpts from the Mayan Chilam Balam
New World Encounters
Christopher Columbus (1451 - 1506)
From The Letter of Columbus on the Discovery of America . . .
BartolomU De Las Casas (1474 - 1566)
From The History on the Indies
Book I, Chapter XXXVII: On the Natural Law on God in His World . ..
Book I, Chapter XL: Of the Island which Lay Before Them, and its People
Book III, Chapter LXXVIII: Of the Labours of the Indians in Cuba
Pero Vaz de Caminha (1467? - 1520? )
From The Letter of Pero Vaz de Caminha to King Manuel I, May 1, 1500
Giovanni da Verrazzano (1485 - 1528)
The Voyage of Verrazzano, Florentine Noble in the Service on Francois I, King of France, 1524
Alvar Nu?ez Cabeza de Vaca (1490? - 1556?)
From Chapter 12: The Indians Bring us Food
From Chapter 15: What Befell us Among the People on Malado
From Chapter 22: The Coming of Other Sick to us the Next Day
Bernal DYaz del Castillo (1492 - 1584)
From Chapter 37: Of How Do?a Marina Was a Great Lady and Daughter of Great Lords, and Mistress over Towns and Vassals, and How She Was Brought to Tabasco
From Chapter 88: Of the Great and Solemn Montezuma's Great and Solemn Reception of Cortes and of All of us on Our Entrance into Mexico
From Chapter 89: Of How Montezuma Came to Our Quarters with Many Chieftains, and the Conversation He Had with Our Captain
From Chapter 90: Of How Soon Thereafter Our Captain Went to See The Great Montezuma, and of Certain Conversations They Had
From Chapter 91: Of the Manner and Appearance on Montezuma
From Chapter 93: Of How We Made Our Church and Altar in Our Quarters, and a Cross Outside Our Quarters, and Other Events, and of How We Found the Antechamber and Chamber where Montezuma's Father's Treasure is Kept, and How it was Agreed that Montezuma Should be Detained
From Chapter 95: Montezuma's Arrest
From Chapter 97: Of How When Montezuma Was Held Prisoner, Cortes and All Our Soldiers Treated Him with Affection, and Even Allowed Him to Go to His Temples
From Chapter 107: Of Cortes and Montezuma
From Chapter 150: The Siege of Mexico
From Chapter 152: Of How the Indians Took Seventy-Two Live Prisoners to be Sacrificed
From Chapter 156: Guatemoc's Arrest.Native Views on the Conquest on Mexico:.The Omens Described By Mu?oz Camargo (1520)
From the Story on the Conquest as Told by the Anonymous Authors on Tlatelolco
The Arrival on Cortes (1519 - 21)
The Massacre in the Main Temple
The Night of Sorrows
The Spaniards Return
The Tlateleolcas are Invited to Make a Treaty
The Fighting is Renewed
Epic Description of the Besieged City
The Message from Cortes
The City Falls
The People Flee the City
The Fall of Tenochtitlan
Flowers and Songs of Sorrow
Diego de Landa (1524? - 79)
From Account on Things in Yucat?n
Cruelties of the Spaniards toward the Indians
Cycle of the Mayas
Their Writing
Conclusion
Hans Staden (Fl.1550s)
From The True History on His Captivity, 1557
From Part I: The True History and Description of a Country on Savages, a Naked and Terrible People, Eaters of Men's Flesh, Who Dwell in the New World Called America . . .
From Chapter XVIII
From Chapter XLII
From Chapter XLIII
From Part II: A True and Brief Account of All That I Learnt Concerning the Trade and Manners on the Tuppin Inbas, whose Captive I Was
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