"Rethinking Early American Literature" Prefatory Note
I. Native American and Ethnographic Texts (2015)
1. Introduction (2015)
2. The Peyote Cult (Plains)
3. Of the Girl who Married Mount Katahdin (Penobscot)
4. How Glooskap went to England and France (Passamaquoddy)
5. The Origin of Disease and Medicine
6. Viracocha and The Coming of the Incas
7. The Magic Feather
8. The Island of Skeletons
II. Christopher Columbus
9. Introduction (2015)
10. Journal of the First Voyage to America, 1492-1493 (Excerpt)
11. Narrative of the Third Voyage, 1498-1500 (Excerpt)
III. Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
12. Introduction (2015)
14. Chapter VII: The Character of the Country (Excerpt)
15. Chapter VIII: We Go from Aute (Excerpt)
16. Chapter X: The Assault from the Indians (Excerpt)
17. Chapter XII: The Indians Bring Us Food (Excerpt)
18. Chapter XXI: Our Cure of Some of the Afflicted
19. Chapter XXIV: Customs of the Indians of That Country (Excerpt)
20. Chapter XXXII: The Indians Give Us the Hearts of Deer (Excerpt)
21. Chapter XXXIII: We See Traces of Christians (Excerpt)
22. Chapter XXXIV: Of Sending for the Christians (Excerpt)
IV. The Requerimiento
V. The Pueblo Revolt of 1680
24. Introduction (2015)
25. Letter on the Pueblo Revolt
26. HOW THE SPANIARDS CAME TO SHUNG-OPOVI, HOW THEY BUILT A MISSION, AND HOW THE HOPI DESTROYED THE MISSION
VI. William Bradford
27. Anno Dom: 1628 (Excerpt)
28. Anno Dom: 1637 (Excerpt)
29. Anno Dom: 1623
31. Chapter 9: Of their voyage, and how they passed the sea; and of their safe arrival at Cape Cod
32. The remainder of Anno 1620 (Excerpt)
33. Anno Dom: 1642
VII. Thomas Morton
34. New English Canaan (Excerpt)
VIII. Anne Bradstreet
35. Introduction (2015)
36. The Prologue
37. The Author to Her Book
38. The Flesh and the Spirit
39. In Honour of the High and Mighty Princess, Queen Elizabeth
40. Letter: To My Dear Children
IX. Mary Rowlandson
41. The First Remove
42. The Second Remove
43. The Third Remove
44. The Fifth Remove
45. The Eighth Remove
46. The Twelfth Remove
47. The Thirteenth Remove (Excerpt)
48. The Eighteenth Remove
49. The Twentieth Remove (Excerpt)
50. Watch the Point of View
51. The Role of Religion in the Colonial Encounter
52. Perspective of One-Eyed John from the First Remove.
53. Those Monsters
54. A Guilty Victim
55. How to Get Away with Genocide
56. Colonial Enfrownters And How to Survive One
57. The Other Side of It
58. Paint with All the Colors of Perspective
59. The Contorted Colonial Encounter
60. Exposing Yourself Whilst Trying To Expose Others
X. Cotton Mather
61. Wonders of the Invisible World: The Author's Defence
62. Wonders of the Invisible World: The Trial of Martha Carrier at the Court of Oyer and Terminer, Salem, August 2, 1692
63. Decennium Luctuosum: An History of Remarkable Occurrences in the Long War
XI. Jonathan Edwards
64. Introduction (2015)
65. Personal Narrative (Excerpt)
66. Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (Excerpt)
67. Sarah Pierrepont Edwards on Conversion
XII. Thomas Paine
68. A Short Video About Thomas Paine
69. Introduction (2015)
70. Common Sense (Excerpt)
71. The Age of Reason (Excerpt)
XIII. Thomas Jefferson
72. Introduction (2015)
73. Notes on the State of Virginia (Excerpt)
74. Letter to Nathaniel Burwell
XIV. Toussaint L'Ouverture
75. Introductory Video
76. Toussaint's Constitution (Excerpt)
XV. Briton Hammon
77. A Narrative of the Uncommon Sufferings, and Surprizing Deliverance of Briton Hammon, a Negro Man...
XVI. Prince Hall
78. Introduction (2015)
79. A Charge Delivered to the African Lodge
XVII. Phillis Wheatley
80. "On Being Brought from Africa to America"
XVIII. Judith Sargent Murray
81. On the Equality of the Sexes
82. Desultory Thoughts Upon the Utility of encouraging a degree of Self-Complacency especially in Female Bosoms
XIX. Susanna Rowson
83. Charlotte Temple: Volume I
84. Charlotte Temple: Volume II
XX. Uriah Derick D'Arcy
85. The Black Vampyre: A Legend of St. Domingo (1819)
86. Sucking the Meaning Out of The Black Vampyre (Group Anthology Contribution 2019)
87. The World is a Vampire
88. What Cannot be Escaped in Death: Racism and Immortality
89. Food and Sustenance in Early Gothic American Literature
90. The Black Vampire Critiques Human Nature
91. The Black Vampyre is Gothic? Big Surprise, Right?
XXI. Washington Irving
92. Introduction (2017)
93. Introduction (2016)
94. Rip Van Winkle
95. Rip Van Winkle: A Feminist Battle Cry
XXII. Edgar Allan Poe
96. Introduction to Edgar Allan Poe (2015)
97. The Black Cat
98. The Murders in the Rue Morgue
99. Deviance in Edgar Allan Poe and American Literature (Group contribution 2019)
100. Introduction to The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838) (2017)
101. Introduction to The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838) (2016)
102. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838)
103. Poe and King sitting on a throne of skulls
104. Poe Was Likely Inspired By Mary Shelley
105. Arthur Gordon Pym, Cannibal of Nantucket
106. Ultimate Destroyer
107. Of Freedom, Shipwrecks, and Intersectionality
XXIII. Nathaniel Hawthorne
108. Introduction (2015)
109. The Minister's Black Veil
110. Young Goodman Brown
XXIV. Henry David Thoreau
111. Introduction (2016)
112. "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For," from Walden
XXV. Ralph Waldo Emerson
113. A Look Into Transcendentalism (Group Anthology Contribution 2019)
114. Introduction (2017)
115. Introduction (2016)
116. "Self-Reliance" (1841)
117. Double-Edged Pen
118. Self-Reliance Lesson Plan
XXVI. Herman Melville
119. Introduction (2017)
120. Introduction (2016)
121. The Pursuit of Personal Freedom from Normative Labeling (Group Anthology Contribution 2019)
122. Benito Cereno
123. Stupid Benito Cereno
124. American Excep(ship)alism
125. Inception of the Human Heart in Melville's "Benito Cereno"
126. O Captain! My Captain!
127. America Isn't All That Great: As Told by Herman Melville
128. Moving Beyond the Nation: A Revolution
129. Changing With the Tide: The American Perspective
130. The Indirect and Direct Transformation of White Characters
XXVII. Frederick Douglass
131. Introduction (2017)
132. A Free Country: Irony in The Heroic Slave (Group contribution 2019)
133. The Heroic Slave (1852)
134. The Sneaky African (Babo) Versus the Herculean African (Madison Washington)
135. In Da kitchen with Freddy D and Ya Boi Melville – Sweet vs. Spicy
136. Douglass: Heroic or Cowardly?
137. “His Head Was with His Heart, and that was Far Away”
138. Fight the Power! By Supporting It?
139. It's All About Who Writes It
140. Frederick Douglass: A Breath of Fresh Air
141. Finally, a Person!
142. "Evil" Versus "Good": A Difference in Slave Characters
143. Humanity's Enjoyment of Sectioning
144. Slaves = Humans, OK?
145. A Pill to Swallow
146. The Hero and the Villain
147. Exploring Madison's Journey to Freedom and Heroism
148. Intentions Left Unsaid...To An Extent
149. Melville Versus Douglass: The Trickster against the Sympathetic Heart
151. Douglass Melville
152. Urgency and Lack Thereof
153. The Heroic Slave Lesson Plan (tailored to Zoom)
XXVIII. Martin Delany
154. THE CONDITION, ELEVATION, EMIGRATION, AND DESTINY OF THE COLORED PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES (Chapters IV, V, VI, VII, and Appendix)
155. Lesson Plan for Martin Delany’s The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of The Colored People of The United States (Group Anthology Contribution 2020)
XXIX. Walt Whitman
156. Introduction (2017)
157. Song of Myself
158. The Song is of Yourself, but Who Are You Singing To?
159. Song of Myself: Transcendentalism, Imperialism, Feminism, and Religion Explored (Lesson Plan)
160. Lesson Plan for Walt Whitman's Song of Myself (Group Anthology Contribution 2019)
XXX. Harriet Beecher Stowe
161. Introduction (2017)
162. Introduction (2016)
163. Uncle Tom's Cabin (Chapters 1-3, 7)
164. Lesson Plan for Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (Group Anthology Contribution 2019)
165. When Sympathy Goes Beyond the Pages
166. All The Slave Texts Thus Far
167. "Slaves Are Human Too...When They Act White and Look Attractive"
169. How to Depict a Black Character… by Depicting Them as “Not all Black”
170. Uncle Tom's Cabin versus Benito Cereno versus The Heroic Slave
171. "Hot People Are White-Looking and Good, Ugly People Are Evil"
172. Using Religion to Internalize Whiteness
173. Stowe was White
174. The Depiction of Race in Uncle Tom's Cabin
175. The Mother, The Father, and the Holy American Man
176. The Book That Started the Civil War
177. Things To Stop Romanticizing: The Stranger Things Kids and 19th-Century Slaves
178. Gentle Giants
179. Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
180. Racism's Prevalence in Early American Literature
181. Lesson Plan for Uncle Tom's Cabin
XXXI. Harriet Jacobs
182. Introduction (2017)
183. Introduction (2016)
184. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
185. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Biography & Chapter 11-22 Critical Questions
186. Further Reading for Scholarly Works of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Group Anthology Contribution 2019)
187. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Lesson Plan
XXXII. Mark Twain
188. Introduction (2015)
189. The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
190. The One Million Pound Banknote
XXXIII. "Where is American Literature Now?": Contemporary Connections
191. Where is American Literature Now?: Nuclear War, Cyber-Attacks and Still Fighting With the Natives
192. Uncanny Parallels in Steven Universe
193. Does Twitter Poetry Count as American Literature?
194. American Literature: Helping Queer Kids Figure Themselves Out Since 1855
195. We are still making America, let alone making it great
196. I can do it...you can too!!!
197. The Tradition
198. It's Always Sunny in America!
199. The (Super)Heroic (Time Travelers posing as) Slave(s)
200. The Theme of Rearticulation
201. Black Motherhood, The Desire For Family, and Black Heritage
XXXIV. Earlier American Literature in Music
202. "WAV Files"; a Contemporary Piece of Early American Literature
203. American Literature in American Music
204. Thank u, Emerson
205. My Diligence is Only Meant to Write Your Eulogy
206. Why is this America?
207. "That Word is Only a Color"
208. This land is your land?
209. Re-share, Re-view, Recycle: How Early American Themes Reappear in Modern Texts
210. Where is American Literature Today?: The Answer Might Surprise You
XXXV. Earlier American Literature in Film
211. "You Can't Hide What's In Your Heart"
212. Patrick Batemen is Ralph Waldo Emerson
214. It’s Time to “Get Out” Your Antiquated Views on Race
215. Twelve Years...in the Life of a Slave Girl
216. I'm Not the Right Person to Be Talking About This
217. Life Imitates Art...or Art Imitates Life?
218. Madison Unchained
219. Into Self-Reliance
220. Down the Rabbit Hole
221. The Self-Reliant Baby Driver (Spoiler Alert!) - Where is American Literature Now?
222. Avatar is just Pocahontas with Blue People in Space
223. SHOOK: Django is Madison Washington.. with a trigger happy finger.
224. Why Does it ALWAYS Take a White Character to be Able to Save those of Color?
225. Wakanda Forever?
226. Equality? I don't think so.
227. The H8teful 8
228. The Culture With The Attention Span Of A Goldfish
229. Harriet Jacobs and William Peter Blatty: Interpretations of Slavery, Maternity, and Weaponized Religion
230. American Literature Today
231. Technology's Impact on Literature
232. The Dance of American Literature
XXXVI. The Female American (1767) Supplementary Readings
233. The Princess War: A Feminist Saga
234. Feminism in The Female American
235. Feminism Displayed in The Female American Through The Crazy Ex
236. Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned
237. My Religion is Better than Yours
238. Call My Agent, Disney's Got a New Movie to Make
239. The Female American - Anti-Bibliomancy?
240. The Inverse of Power Between Worlds
241. Native American or Classical Painting?
242. And God Said "Oops"
243. Unca: Gender will not be my weakness
244. A Relationship that Reflected the World Around Them
245. The Sun and The God
246. Religion: Saying Yes to the Colonial Encounter
247. Unca is the Scientist of Her Own Experiment
248. To All Resilient Young Women
249. Raiding, Capturing, and Slaughtering in the Name of God
250. Religion as Comfort Versus Religion as Justification
XXXVII. Letters from an American Farmer (1767) Supplementary Readings
251. An Unstable Identity: The White American Man
252. America: Utopia or Dystopia?
253. The Naive and Delusional Farmer
254. Men Are Like Plants; They’re Weak
255. Proud to be an American, Where at Least I Know I’m… Part of an Industry?
256. He Should Have Worked for Real Estate
257. J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur: National Hero or Portrayal of White Guilt?
258. Live Long and Industrialize… Unless You’re a Slave, Then It’s Highly Improbable That Will Happen.
259. Who You Calling a Plant?
260. For Sale: America! Get It Now!
261. America the Great
262. Beautifulish Americans
263. Come To America! Wait, No! Not THAT Part! And... Ignore the European Qualities...
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