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.

Exploration and Settlement

Akerman, James R. ed. Cartographies of Travel and Navigation. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2006.

Alexander, Michael, ed. Discovering the New World, based on the works of Theodore de Bry. New York: Harper & Row, 1976.

Applebaum, Robert, and John Wood Sweet, eds. Envisioning an English Empire: Jamestown and the Making of the North Atlantic World. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 2005.

Arciniegas, German. America in Europe: A History of the New World in Reverse. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986.

Axtell, James. The Invasion Within: The Contest of Cultures in Colonial North America. New York: Oxford UP, 1985.

Banks, Charles Edward. The Winthrop Fleet of 1630: An Account Of The Vessels, The Voyage, The Passengers and Their English Homes From Original Authorities. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1930; reprinted Genealogical Publishing Co.: Baltimore, 1968.

Barclay, Donald A., James H. Maguire, and Peter Wild, eds. Into the Wilderness Dream: Exploration Narratives of the American West, 1500-1805. Salt Lake City: U of Utah P, 1994.

Baritz, Loren. “The Idea of the West.” American Historical Review 66.3 (1961): 618-40.

Bauer, Ralph. The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures: Empire, Travel, Modernity. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge UP, 2003.

Brandon, William. New Worlds for Old: Reports from the New World and Their Effect on the Development of Social Thought in Europe, 1500-1800. Athens: Ohio UP, 1986.

Breen, T. H. Puritans and Adventurers: Change and Persistence in Early America. New York: Oxford UP, 1980.

Bridenbaugh, Carl. Jamestown, 1544-1699. New York: Oxford UP, 1980.

Brückner, Martin. The Geographic Revolution in Early America: Maps, Literacy, and National Identity. U of North Carolina P, Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, 2006.

Brückner, Martin, and Hsuan L. Hsu, eds. American Literary Geographies: Spatial Practice and Cultural Production, 1500-1900. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007.

Campbell, Mary B. The Witness and The Other World: Exotic European Travel Writing, 1400-1600. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1988.

Castillo, Susan. Colonial Encounter in New World Writing, 1500-1786: Performing America. London and New York: Routledge, 2006.

Cheyfitz, Eric. The Poetics of Imperialism: Translation and Colonization from The Tempest to Tarzan. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford UP, 1997.

Conroy, David W. In Public Houses: Drink and the Revolution of Authority in Colonial Massachusetts. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1995.

Craven, Wesley Frank. The Virginia Company of London, 1606-1624. Charlottesville: UP of Virginia, 1957. 1970.

Cressy, David. Coming Over: Migration and Communication between England and New England in the Seventeenth Century. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge UP, 1987.

Delbanco, Andrew. The Puritan Ordeal. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1989.

De Vorsey, Louis, Jr. Keys to the Encounter: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of the Age of Discovery. Washington: Library of Congress, 1992.

Dickason, Olive Patricia. The Myth of the Savage and the Beginnings of French Colonization in the Americas. Alberta: U of Alberta P, 1984.

Drake, Samuel Adams. Old Boston Taverns and Tavern Clubs. Boston: Butterfield, 1917.

Dussell, Enrique. The Invention of the Americas: Eclipse of “the Other” and the Myth of Modernity. New York: Continuum, 1995.

Earle, Alice Morse. Stage-Coach and Tavern Days. 1900. New York: Blom, 1969.

Echeverria, Durand. Mirage in the West: A History of the French Image of American Society to 1815. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1957.

Elliott, J. H. The Old World and the New, 1492-1650. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1970.

Fischer, David Hackett. Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America. New York: Oxford UP, 1989.

Fitz, Earl E. Rediscovering the New World: Inter-American Literature in a Comparative Context. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 1991.

Franklin, Wayne. Discoverers, Explorers, Settlers: The Diligent Writers of Early America. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1979.

Fuller, Mary C. Voyages in Print: English Travel to America: 1576-1624. New York: Cambridge UP, 1995.

Giamatti, A. Bartlett. The Earthly Paradise and the Renaissance Epic. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1966.

Grafton, Anthony. New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1992.

Green, L. C., and Olive P. Dickason. The Law of Nations and the New World. Alberta: U of Alberta P, 1989.

Greenblatt, Stephen. Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1991.

---. New World Encounters. Berkeley: U of California P, 1993.

Greenfield, Bruce. Narrating Discovery: The Romantic Explorer in American Literature, 1790-1855. New York: Columbia UP, 1992.

Hamlin, William M. The Image of America in Montaigne, Spenser, and Shakespeare: Renaissance Ethnography and Literary Reflection. New York: St. Martin’s, 1995.

Honour, Hugh. The New Golden Land: European Images of America from the Discoveries to the Present Time. New York: Pantheon, 1975.

Hulme, Peter. Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492-1797. London: Methuen, 1986.

Jones, Gwyn. The Norse Atlantic Saga: Being the Norse Voyages of Discovery and Settlement to Iceland, Greenland, and North America. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford UP, 1986.

---. O Strange New World: American Culture, The Formative Years. New York: Viking, 1964.

Knapp, Jeffrey. An Empire Nowhere: England, America, and Literature from Utopia to The Tempest. Berkeley: U of California P, 1992.

Kolodny, Annette. The Land Before Her: Fantasy and Experience of the American Frontiers, 1630-1860. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1984.

---. The Lay of the Land: Metaphor as Experience and History in American Life and Letters. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1975.

Kopper, Philip. The Smithsonian Book of North American Indians: Before the Coming of the Europeans. Washington: Smithsonian Books, 1986.

Kupperman, Karen Ordahl, ed. America in European Consciousness, 1493-1750. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1995.

---. Roanoke, the Abandoned Colony. Totowa, N.J.: Rowman & Allanheld, 1984.

Lawrence, D. H. Studies in Classic American Literature. New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1923.

Lemay, J.A. Leo. Did Pocahontas Save Captain John Smith? Athens, Georgia: The U of Georgia P, 1992.

Levin, Harry. The Myth of The Golden Age in the Renaissance. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1969.

Lueck, Beth L. American Writers and the Picturesque Tour: The Search for National Identity. New York: Garland, 1997.

Mackenthun, Gesa. Metaphors of Dispossession: American Beginnings and the Translation of Empire, 1492-1637. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 1997.

Mancall, Peter C., ed. Envisioning America: English Plans for the Colonization of North America, 1580-1640. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin’s P, 1995.

Meinig, D. W. Atlantic America, 1492-1800. New Haven: Yale UP, 1986. Vol. 1 of The Shaping of America: A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History. 1986- .

Muldoon, James. The Americas in the Spanish World Order: The Justification for Conquest in the Seventeenth Century. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1994.

Pagden, Anthony. Lords of All the World: Ideologies of Empire in Spain, Britain and France, c.1500-c.1800. New Haven: Yale UP, 1995.

Price, David. Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation. New York: Knopf, 2003.

Richards, Jeffrey H. Theater Enough: American Culture and the Metaphor of the World Stage, 1607-1789. Durham: Duke UP, 1991.

Rowse, A.L. The Elizabethans and America. London: Macmillan, 1959.

Schmidt, Susan. Landfall along the Chesapeake: In the Wake of Captain John Smith. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2006.

Seed, Patricia. Ceremonies of Possession in Europe’s Conquest of the New World, 1492-1640. New York: Cambridge UP, 1995.

Seelye, John. Prophetic Waters: The River in Early American Life and Literature. New York: Oxford UP, 1977.

Shields, David S. Oracles of Empire: Poetry, Politics, and Commerce in British America, 1690-1750. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1990.

Slotkin, Richard. Regeneration Through Violence: The Mythology of The American Frontier, 1600-1860. Middleton, Conn., Wesleyan UP, 1973.

Spengemann, William C. The Adventurous Muse: The Poetics of American Fiction, 1789-1900. New Haven: Yale UP, 1977.

Steele, Ian K. Warpaths: Invasions of North America. New York: Oxford UP, 1994.

Vaughan, Alden T. “Early English Paradigms for New World Natives.” Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 102 (1992): 33-67.

Vaughan, Alden T., and Virginia Mason Vaughan. Shakespeare’s Caliban: A Cultural History. New York: Cambridge UP, 1991.

Wahlgren, Erik. The Vikings and America. London: Thames and Hudson, 1986.

Wiget, Andrew. “Reading Against the Grain: Origin Stories and American Literary History.” American Literary History 3.2 (1991): 209-31.

Williams, Robert A., Jr. The American Indian in Western Legal Thought: The Discourses of Conquest. New York: Oxford UP, 1990.

Williams, William Carlos. In the American Grain. New York: New Directions, 1956.

Wright, Loui B. Religion and Empire: The Alliance between Piety and Commerce in English Expansion, 1558-1625. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1943.

Zacher, Christian K. Curiosity and Pilgrimage: The Literature of Discovery in Fourteenth-Century England. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1976.