Early American Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Material

Early American Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Material: A bibliography of print criticism divided in categories designed to provide teachers and students a starting place for class preparation and research projects complied by Edward J. Gallagher up to 1999. For Recent Publications in the field of Early American studies, please consult: The Society of Early Americanists Page of Recent and Forthcoming Publications and Journals. Thank you.

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Adorno, Rolena. “New Perspectives in Colonial Spanish American Studies.” Journal of the Southwest 32 (1990): 173-91.

Axtell, James. After Columbus: Essays in the Ethnohistory of Colonial North America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

---. “Columbian Encounters: Beyond 1992.” William and Mary Quarterly 49.2 (1992): 335-60.

---. “Columbian Encounters: 1992-1995.” William and Mary Quarterly 52.4 (1995): 649-96.

---. “Moral Reflections on the Columbian Legacy.” Beyond 1492: Encounters in Colonial North America. New York: Oxford UP, 1992. 241-66.

Brading, D.A. The First America: The Spanish Monarchy, Creole Patriots, and the Liberal State 1492 - 1867. New York: Cambridge UP, 1991.

Clendinnen, Inga. Ambivalent Conquests: Maya and Spaniard in Yucatan, 1517-1570. New York: Cambridge UP, 1987.

---. Aztecs: An Interpretation. New York: Cambridge UP, 1991.

Cypess, Sandra Messinger. La Malinche in Mexican Literature: >From History to Myth. Austin: U of Texas, 1991.

Elliott, John Huxtable. Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America, 1492-1830. New Haven: Yale UP, 2006.

Galloway, Patricia. The Hernando de Soto Expedition: History, Historiography, and “Discovery” in the Southeast. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 1997.

Goldberg, Jonathan. Sodometries: Renaissance Texts, Modern Sexualities. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1992.

Gonzales-Berry, Erlinda, ed. Paso por Aqui: Critical Essays on the New Mexican Literary Tradition, 1542-1988. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 1989.

Gutierrez, Ramon A. When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500-1846. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1991.

Herrera-Sobek, Maria, ed. Reconstructing a Chicano/a Literary Heritage: Hispanic Colonial Literature of the Southwest. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 1993.

Jara, Rene, and Nicholas Spadaccini. “The Construction of a Colonial Imaginary: Columbus’s Signature.” Amerindian Images and the Legacy of Columbus. Ed. Rene Jara and Nicholas Spadaccini. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1992. 1-95.

---. 1492-1992: Re/Discovering Colonial Writing. Minneapolis: Prisma Institute, 1989.

Johnson, Julie Greer. Women in Colonial Spanish American Literature. Westport: Greenwood, 1983.

Jones, Mary Ellen, ed. Christopher Columbus and His Legacy: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven, 1992.

Keen, Benjamin. The Aztec Image in Western Thought. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1971.

Knaut, Andrew L. The Pueblo Revolt of 1680: Conquest and Resistance in Seventeenth-Century New Mexico. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 1995.

Koning, Hans. Columbus: His Enterprise--Exploding the Myth. New York: Monthly Review P, 1991.

Le Clezio, J.M.G. The Mexican Dream: Or, The Interrupted Thought of Amerindian Civilizations. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1993.

Leon-Portilla, Miguel. The Aztec Image of Self and Society: An Introduction to Nahua Culture. Salt Lake City: U of Utah P, 1992.

---, ed. The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico. Boston: Beacon P, 1992.

---. Fifteen Poets of the Aztec World. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 1992.

---. Pre-Columbian Literatures of Mexico. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 1969.

Lockhart, James, ed. We People Here: Nahuatl Accounts of the Conquest of Mexico. Berkeley: U of California P, 1993.

Lunenfeld, Marvin, ed. 1492: Discovery, Invasion, Encounter: Sources and Interpretations. Lexington: D. C. Heath, 1991.

Milanich, Jerald T., ed. Earliest Hispanic/Native American Interactions in the American Southeast. New York: Garland, 1991.

Milanich, Jerald T., and Charles Hudson. Hernando De Soto and the Indians of Florida. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 1993.

Mundy, Barbara E. The Mapping of New Spain: Indigenous Cartography and the Maps of the Relaciones Geograficas. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2000.

Murray, James C. Spanish Chronicles of the Indies: Sixteenth Century. New York: Twayne, 1994.

Pastor (Bodmer), Beatriz. The Armature of Conquest: Spanish Accounts of the Discovery of America, 1492-1589. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1992.

Promis, Jose. The Identity of Hispanoamerica: An Interpretation of Colonial Literature. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 1991.

Quinn, David B. England and the Discovery of America, 1481-1620: From the Bristol Voyages of the Fifteenth Century to the Pilgrim Settlement at Plymouth: the exploration, exploitation, and trial-and-error colonization of North America by the English. New York: Knopf, 1973.

Rabasa, Jose. Inventing America: Spanish Historiography and the Formation of Eurocentrism. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 1993.

Royal, Robert. 1492 And All That: Political Manipulations of History. Washington: Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1992.

Sale, Kirkpatrick. The Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Legacy. New York: Knopf, 1990.

Shields, E. Thomson, Jr. “Beyond the Anthology: Sources for Teaching Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Colonial Spanish Literature of North America.” The Heath Anthology of American Literature Newsletter No. 12 (Fall 1994): 2-3. (See also follow-up articles, pp. 3-11.)

Stannard, David E. American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World. New York: Oxford UP, 1992.

Todorov, Tzvetan. The Conquest of America: The Question of the Other. New York: Harper & Row, 1984.

Weber, David J. The Spanish Frontier in North America. New Haven: Yale UP, 1992.

Weddle, Robert S. The Spanish Sea: The Gulf of Mexico in North American Discovery, 1500-1685. College Station: Texas A&M UP, 1985.

Williams, Jerry M., and Robert E. Lewis. Early Images of the Americas: Transfer and Invention. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 1993.

Yewell, John, Chris Dodge, and Jan DeSirey, eds. Confronting Columbus: An Anthology. Jefferson: McFarland, 1992.