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Seasons of Misery

Catastrophe and Colonial Settlement in Early America


Συγγραφέας: Donegan Kathleen
Εκδότης: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812245400
Σειρά βιβλίου: Early American Studies
Αριθμός Σελίδων: 272
Διαστάσεις: 23x3x15
Έτος Έκδοσης: 2013

Σύνοψη του βιβλίου "Seasons of Misery"

The stories we tell of American beginnings typically emphasize colonial triumph in the face of adversity. But the early years of English settlement in America were characterized by catastrophe: starvation, disease, extreme violence, ruinous ignorance, and serial abandonment. Seasons of Misery offers a provocative reexamination of the British colonies' chaotic and profoundly unstable beginnings, placing crisis-both experiential and existential-at the center of the story. At the outposts of a fledgling empire and disconnected from the social order of their home society, English settlers were both physically and psychologically estranged from their European identities. They could not control, or often even survive, the world they had intended to possess. According to Kathleen Donegan, it was in this cauldron of uncertainty that colonial identity was formed. Studying the English settlements at Roanoke, Jamestown, Plymouth, and Barbados, Donegan argues that catastrophe marked the threshold between an old European identity and a new colonial identity, a state of instability in which only fragments of Englishness could survive amid the upheavals of the New World. This constant state of crisis also produced the first distinctively colonial literature as settlers attempted to process events that they could neither fully absorb nor understand. Bringing a critical eye to settlers' first-person accounts, Donegan applies a unique combination of narrative history and literary analysis to trace how settlers used a language of catastrophe to describe unprecedented circumstances, witness unrecognizable selves, and report unaccountable events. Seasons of Misery addresses both the stories that colonists told about themselves and the stories that we have constructed in hindsight about them. In doing so, it offers a new account of the meaning of settlement history and the creation of colonial identity.


Συγγραφέας/εις: Donegan Kathleen
Κατηγορία: ιστορία
Σειρά βιβλίου: Early American Studies
ISBN: 9780812245400
Ημερ/νία έκδοσης: 18/10/2013
Εξώφυλλο: Hardback
Σελίδες: 272
Τόπος έκδοσης: Pennsylvania
Χώρα έκδοσης: United States
Βάρος βιβλίου: 572 gr
Διαστάσεις βιβλίου: 23x3x15 cm
Λεπτομέρειες εικονογράφησης: 2 illus.

Περιεχόμενα

Introduction: Unsettlement Chapter 1. Roanoke: Left in Virginia Chapter 2. Jamestown: Things That Seemed Incredible Chapter 3. Plymouth: Scarce Able to Bury Their Dead Chapter 4. Barbados: Wild Extravagance Afterword: Standing Half-Amazed Notes Index Acknowledgments

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