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The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

Edited by Kevin J. Hayes

Volume 1, issue Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195187274
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195187274.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

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The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature is a single-volume source of original scholarship on early American literature. This work presents an authoritative and in-depth assessment of a crucial area within literary studies. Organized primarily in terms of genre, the articles include original research on key concepts, as well as analysis of interesting texts from throughout colonial America. Separate articles are devoted to literary genres of great importance at the time of their composition that have been neglected in recent decades, such as histories, promotion literature, and scientific writing. New interpretations are offered on the works of Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and Dr. Alexander Hamilton while lesser-known figures are also brought to light. Newly vital areas like print culture and natural history are given full treatment.

Keywords: text analysis; colonial America; literary genres; history genre; promotional literature; scientific writing; Benjamin Franklin; Jonathan Edwards; Dr. Alexander Hamilton; print culture; natural history

Book.  640 pages. 

Subjects: Literature

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Introduction in The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

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The Literature of Exploration in The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

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Captain John Smith in The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

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Promotion Literature in The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

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Puritan Historians and Historiography in The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

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New England Poetry in The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

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Captivity Literature in The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

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Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening in The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

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Augustan American Verse in The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

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Picaresque Travel Narratives in The Oxford Handbook of Early American Literature

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