Vol. 17 No. 3 : Spring 2017


Editor’s Note: 13 for 13

… here are thirteen emerging early American scholars introducing a pre-1800 text available online to the public for free.

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Gallows Respectability

Sentimental reformist oration, fugitive confession, and the personal epistle are all represented in this text.

Introduction to The History of a French Louse

The satire’s narrator is a louse who has lived on a series of heads in and around Paris and been witness to the political maneuverings happening behind the scenes of the American Revolution.

On Virtue: Phillis Wheatley with Jonathan Edwards

Wheatley’s saying that her soul touched by Virtue can “guide [her] steps” is thus more than just a metaphor for God’s ability to change a converted person’s life: it is an acknowledgment of the immense power that God’s virtuous character can have over a person’s body and soul.

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Poetic Order in Sarah Kemble Knight’s Journal

By liberating her thoughts from the space of prose and her account from the limitations of physicality, Knight can transform the landscape through her narration, using poetry to “divert” and contain the threat of the unfamiliar.

A Promotional Map of Barbados, c. 1675

Looking at this peaceful, productive view, you would never imagine that Barbados had recently been hit by a devastating hurricane that reduced the machinery of the booming sugar industry to smithereens and threatened to overturn the island’s slaveholding society.