A Companion to American Cultural History by Karen Halttunen

By Karen Halttunen

A spouse to American Cultural heritage deals a historiographic review of the scholarship, with designated consciousness to the most important reviews and debates that experience formed the sphere, and an overview of the place it truly is at the moment headed.

  • 30 essays discover the background of yankee tradition in any respect analytic degrees
  • Written by way of scholarly specialists well-versed within the questions and controversies that experience activated curiosity during this burgeoning box
  • Part of the authoritative Blackwell partners to American background sequence
  • Provides either a chronological and thematic strategy: issues variety from British the USA within the Eighteenth Century to the trendy day globalization of yankee tradition; thematic methods comprise gender and sexuality and pop culture

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Lemay, J. A. Leo: The American Dream of Captain John Smith (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1991). Lepore, Jill: The Name of the War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity (New York: Viking, 1998). : Piety and Power: Gender and Religious Culture in the American Colonies, 1630–1700 (New York: Routledge, 2002). : A New England Town: The First Hundred Years, Dedham, Massachusetts, 1636–1736 (New York: W. W. Norton, 1970). Main, Gloria Lund: Peoples of a Spacious Land: Families and Culture in Colonial New England (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2001).

Reintegrating the colonies into an early modern Atlantic world has undermined the faith in American exceptionalism, the idea that the United States and therefore the colonies out of which it arose were unique. Since the nation states throughout the Americas and the Caribbean were all born out of a colonial experience, privileging the United States’ colonial origins makes little sense. Works such as Ralph Bauer’s The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures: Empire, Travel, and Modernity (2003) posited common themes between English North American and Spanish American colonial literature.

His work is less about the way early settlers perceived their actions than about the meaning ascribed to them retrospectively by a man dedicated to creating a suitable past for his colonial region. Bercovitch subsequently explored, in The American Jeremiad (1978), the rhetoric of jeremiads as a major form of cultural expression. He viewed the jeremiad – the sermon style popular in the later seventeenth century 26 carla gardina pestana that supplied key evidence for Miller’s interpretation of declension – as having a signal impact on American culture, providing a rhetoric that could at once chastise and galvanize.

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