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Inventing Americans in the age of discovery : narratives of encounter

Author: Michael Householder
Publisher: Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2011.
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Through an in-depth analysis of writings by John Mandeville, Richard Eden, George Best, Ralph Lane, John Smith and John Underhill, this study traces the selection, combination, adaptation and invention of rhetorical strategies that English-speaking Europeans used to make sense of their encounters with the Americas. The author explores how these rhetorical strategies enabled European colonists to form new ways of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Early accounts to 1600
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Householder, Michael.
Inventing Americans in the age of discovery.
Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2011
(DLC) 2010053823
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Householder
ISBN: 9781409428879 1409428877 075466760X 9780754667605
OCLC Number: 732956309
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 228 pages)
Contents: Introduction: encounter, invention, narration --
Narrating encounter: The book of John Mandeville --
Translation, compilation, and triangulation: Richard Eden's invention of English discovery --
Evolutions of racial discourse: George Best and the narration of English-Inuit encounters, 1576-1578 --
Bruites and conspiracies: Ralph Lane's narration of native counter-intelligence --
"[Y]et hee so demeaned himselfe": John Smith's confidence games --
Terror and tears in New England: gender, violence, victimhood, and American identity --
Conclusion: the significance of encounter from an early Americanist perspective.
Responsibility: by Michael Householder.

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Analyzes the linguistic, rhetorical, and literary innovations that emerged out of the encounters between Europeans and indigenous peoples of the Americas. Through analysis of six texts, this book  Read more...

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