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<i>Of Plimoth Plantation</i> as Medicine Text

Betty Booth Donohue

in Bradford's Indian Book

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037370
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042336 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037370.003.0010
Of Plimoth Plantation as Medicine Text

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This chapter argues that Of Plimoth Plantation's Parts One and Two are of two very different genres. Part One is similar to an American Indian creation account, while Part Two is a winter count. Taken together, they form a medicine text, a term that the author has coined and explained. The final chapter is given over to explaining how Bradford's book is, in both a metaphorical and physical sense, as much American Indian as it is European American. Its thrust is that Of Plimoth Plantation initiates what will become known as American literature in terms of American themes and poetics which are, in large measure, derived from American Indian compositional practices.

Keywords: American literature; American themes; creation account; medicine text; poetics; winter count

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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