Classic and Modern English Literature

English Literature (Classic and Modern)

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In a minimum of 2-3 double-spaced pages, please discuss the following in essay format. 1) Discuss the major concepts/themes of the Literature of Early American time period. As you discuss the concepts/themes, refer to specific writings, such as those of Bradford, Morton, Winthrop, Edwards, Bradstreet, etc; and 2) finally, discuss how different and/or similar the female concerns (preoccupations) were from the male concerns (preoccupations) of that time period as evidenced in the writings.


The Literature of Early America 1-13

William Bradford

Of Plymouth Plantation

Chapter I 81-82

Chapter 9 87-90

Chapter 10 90-92

Thomas Morton

From The New England Canaan 104-113

Week 2 – June 17-21

John Winthrop

From The Journal of John Winthrop 115-125

The Examination of Mrs. Anne Hutchinson… 29-33

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Anne Bradstreet

“The Prologue” 154-155

“Before the Birth” 165-166

“In Reference to Her Children” 167-169

“To My Dear and Loving Husband” 166

Cotton Mather

The Wonders of the Invisible World 200-211

Mary Rowlandson

A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration 235-252

Jonathan Edwards

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God 319-330

Week 3 – June 24-28

The Literature of the Eighteenth Century 331-340

Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography 377-410

Thomas Paine

The Age of Reason 508-515

Thomas Jefferson

The Declaration of Independence 518-521

Phillis Wheatley

“On Virtue” 604

“On Being Brought from Africa to America” 605

Olaudah Equiano

From The Life of Olaudah Equiano 482-498

Judith Sargent Murray

On the Equality of the Sexes 642-649

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