A Concise Companion to American Studies (Blackwell by John Carlos Rowe

By John Carlos Rowe

'A significant other to American Studies' is a vital quantity that brings jointly voices and scholarship from around the spectrum of yankee experience.

• a set of twenty-two unique essays which supplies an unparalleled creation to the "new" American reports: a comparative, transnational, postcolonial and polylingual discipline

• Addresses quite a few topics, from foundations and backgrounds to the sector, to diverse theories of the “new” American stories, and concerns from globalization and know-how to transnationalism and post-colonialism

• Explores the connection among American experiences and allied fields reminiscent of Ethnic reviews, Feminist, Queer and Latin American Studies

• Designed to impress dialogue and support scholars and students in any respect degrees advance their very own ways to modern American experiences

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At home in scriptural exegesis, Bercovitch contributed an introductory essay as well as an invaluable bibliography of typological literature from the Church Fathers on, demonstrating the significance of a mode of interpretation of early American culture whose worth Miller simply underestimated and thus virtually neglected, except in the case of his study of Williams, whose thought he simply misconstrued. In addition to providing the underpinning to Bercovitch’s own work, this method allowed scholars in a variety of fields to stake out new intellectual vantage points from which to survey the culture of the colonial period.

To Greene, the colonial South, particularly the Chesapeake, left the most profound legacy on the subsequent development of American ideology. “Far from being a peripheral, much less a deviant area,” he wrote, “the southern colonies and states were before 1800 in the mainstream of British-American development” and “epitomized what was arguably the most important element in emerging British-American culture: the conception of America as a place in which free people could pursue their own individual happiness in safety and with a fair prospect that they might be successful in their several quests” (1988: 5).

Scholars regard this use of scriptural analogy as foundational in Puritan rhetoric, of as much (if not more) significance than the Ramist logic that Miller emphasized. Finally, there is the matter of his sources themselves, essentially the works included in Charles Evans’s American Bibliography and Donald Wing’s English Books and Books Printed in England. That is, Miller rarely worked in the manuscript archive, for in writing about the “mind” he was concerned primarily with that which had been made known to others through publication.

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