American Literature in Context to 1865 discusses theissues and events that engaged American writers of the period,providing original and useful readings of important literary worksthat demonstrate how context contributes to meaning * Covers a range of genres including the myths, chants and songsof indigenous cultures, sermons, slave narratives, essays and thenovels and poetry to 1865 * Designed to be used alongside the major anthologies ofliterature from the period * Equips students with the necessary historical context needed tounderstand the writings from this period * Pedagogical features include a detailed bibliography, and atransatlantic timeline, with literary works, and historicalevents
Susan Castillo is Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor of American Studies at King's College London and has published extensively on colonial writing of the Early Americas, Native American writing, and on the U.S. South. Her books include The Literatures of Colonial America: An Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2001), A Companion to the Literatures of Colonial America (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005), Colonial Encounters in New World Writing, 1500-1786: Performing America (2005) and American Travel Writing and Empire (2009).
Preface. Acknowledgments. Timeline of Texts and Historical Events. The Arrival of the Europeans. European Exploration and Settlement: The Anvil and the GoldenFleece. The City on a Hill: Alternative Visions. From Colonies to Nation. The Struggle for Identity in Post-Revolutionary America. American Expansion and the Transcendentalists. The Originals: Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, EmilyDickinson, and Walt Whitman. A House Divided: Abolitionism, the Women's Movement, and theCivil War. Bibliography. Index.