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Title Women's narratives of the early Americas and the formation of empire / edited by Mary McAleer Balkun and Susan C. Imbarrato.
Imprint Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

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Subject American prose literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
American literature -- Minority authors -- History and criticism.
American prose literature -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- History and criticism.
Women authors, American -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Women -- United States -- Intellectual life -- 18th century.
Women in literature.
Politics in literature.
Nationalism in literature.
Social problems in literature.
Alt Name Balkun, Mary McAleer,
Imbarrato, Susan Clair,
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cover; Half-Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; Preface; Introduction; 1 Gudrid Thorbjornsdottir: First Foremother of American Empire; 2 Ungendering Empire: Catalina de Erauso and the Performance of Masculinity; 3 Creole Civic Pride and Positioning "Exceptional" Black Women; 4 Imposing Order: Sarah Kemble Knight's Journal and the Anglo-American Empire; 5 The Midwife's Calling: Martha Ballard's Diary and the Empire of Medical Knowledge in the Early Republic; 6 The Birth Pangs of the American Mother: Puritanism, Republicanism, and the Letter-Journal of Esther Edwards Burr.
7 Empire and the Pan-Atlantic Self in The Female American or, The Adventures of Unca Eliza Winkfield; 8 "The Fever and the Fetters": An Epidemiology of Captivity and Empire; 9 Women Left Behind: Female Loyalism, Coverture, and Grace Growden Galloway's Empire of Self; 10 "Solitary, Neglected, Despised": Cruel Optimism and National Sentimentality; 11 The Woman of Colour and Black Atlantic Movement; 12 New World Roots: Transatlantic Fictions, Creole Marriages, and Women's Cultivation of Empire in the Americas; 13 Catharine Brown's Body: Missionary Spiritualization and Cherokee Embodiment.
14 Territorial Agency: Negotiations of Space and Empire in the Domestic Violence Memoirs of Abigail Abbot Bailey and Anne Home Livingston15 "Her Book the Only Hope She Had": Self and Sovereignty in the Narratives of Ann Carson; 16 Bodies of Work: Early American Women Writers, Empire, and Pedagogy; Notes on Contributors; Index.
Summary Women's Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire' examines the connections between women's experience and the forces of empire to reveal the ways women's assertions and protests participated in the processes associated with empire formation. The sixteen essays in this collection describe acts of bravery, protest, and survival expressed in a variety of genres, including the saga, letter, diary, captivity narrative, travel narrative, verse, sentimental novel, and autobiography. The concluding essay examines theories of anthology selection, the ways women's writings have been variously included and excluded, and the implications for the study of literature of the early Americas. Throughout, the focus is on the female body and the ways it figures as a site of contestation in emerging empires. The volume thus speaks to a range of female experience, across the Americas and across time, from the Viking exploration to the early nineteenth century United States.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed April 19, 2016).
ISBN 9781137543233 (electronic bk.)
113754323X (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1057/9781137543233
OCLC # 946357813
Additional Format Print version: Women's narratives of the early Americas and the formation of empire. Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016 (DLC) 2015023444