This broad introduction to Colonial American literatures brings out
the comparative and transatlantic nature of the writing of this
period and highlights the interactions between native, non-scribal
groups, and Europeans that helped to shape early American writing.
* Situates the writing of this period in its various historical and
cultural contexts, including colonialism, imperialism, diaspora,
and nation formation. * Highlights interactions between native,
non-scribal groups and Europeans during the early centuries of
exploration. * Covers a wide range of approaches to defining and
reading early American writing. * Looks at the development of
regional spheres of influence in the seventeenth and eighteenth
centuries. * Serves as a vital adjunct to Castillo and Schweitzer's
'The Literatures of Colonial America: An Anthology' (Blackwell
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