Possible Pasts: Becoming Colonial in Early America

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Cornell University Press, 2000 - 417 halaman

Possible Pasts represents a landmark in early American studies, bringing to that field the theoretical richness and innovative potential of the scholarship on colonial discourse and postcolonial theory. Drawing on the methods and interpretive insights of history, anthropology, history of art, folklore, and textual analysis, its authors explore the cultural processes by which individuals and societies become colonial.

Rather than define early America in terms of conventional geographical, chronological, or subdisciplinary boundaries, their essays span landscapes from New England to Peru, time periods from the sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century, and topics from religion to race and novels to nationalism. In his introduction Robert Blair St. George offers an overview of the genealogy of ideas and key terms appearing in the book.

Part I, "Interrogating America," then challenges readers to rethink the meaning of "early America" and its relation to postcolonial theory. In Part II, "Translation and Transculturation," essays explore how both Europeans and native peoples viewed such concepts as dissent, witchcraft, family piety, and race. The construction of individual identity and agency in Philadelphia is the focus of Part III, "Shaping Subjectivities." Finally, Part IV, "Oral Performance and Personal Power," considers the ways in which political authority and gendered resistance were established in early America.

 

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Introduction
1
Interrogating America
31
An Approach from the Caribbean
33
Whats Colonial about Colonial America?
49
Translation and Transculturation
71
DISSENT AND DIFFERENCE
73
Roger Williamss A Key into the Language of America
88
COLONIAL VISIONS
109
Shaping Subjectivities
217
The Problematics of Trust and Public Display in the Writing of Eighteenth Century Philadelphia Merchants
219
The Shadowy Origins of the American Bourgeoisie
243
Portraits People and the Construction of Memory
270
The Politics of Punishment and the History of the Body
302
Oral Performance Personal Power
325
Courtroom Performance in EighteenthCentury Boston
327
Jemima Wilkinson and the Politics of Gender in PostRevolutionary America
357

Transculturation and Heterogeneity in Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
131
PURITANISMS PROGRESS
148
What Did Christianity Do for Joseph Johnson? A Mohegan Preacher and His Community
160
NATION AND RACE
181
Scientific Discourse and Race in the PostRevolutionary United States
201
Patriotic Violence Patriotic Sentiment in the Performances of Deborah Sampson Gannett
380
Contributors
401
Index
405
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Robert Blair St. George is Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Conversing by Signs: Poetics of Implication in Colonial New England Culture.

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