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Folded Selves: Colonial New England Writing In The World System.

Burnham, Michelle.

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ISBN 10: 1584656182 / ISBN 13: 9781584656180
Published by University Press of New England, Lebanon, 2007
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240 pages. Softcover. New book. WRITING. Radically refigures traditional portraits of seventeenth-century New England literature and culture by situating colonial writing within the spatial, transnational, and economic contexts that characterized the early-modern "world system" theorized by Immanuel Wallerstein and others. Michelle Burnham rethinks American literary history and the politics of colonial dissent, and her book breaks new ground in making the economic relations of investment, credit, and trade central to this new framework for early American literary and cultural study. Transcontinental colonialism and mercantile capitalism underwrote not just the emerging world system but New World writingÑsuggesting that early modern literary aesthetics and the early modern economy helped to sponsor each other. Burnham locates in New England's literature of dissentÑfrom Ma-re Mount to the Salem witchcraft trials - a persistent use of economic language, as well as competing economies of style. The brilliance of Burnham's study is that it exposes the transoceanic material and commercial concerns of colonial America's literature and culture of dissent. The contents of the book is as follows: List of Figures ¥ Acknowledgments ¥ Introduction: Colonial Folds and the Space of Dissent ¥ Investment: Uncertain Certainty and the Economic Subject ¥ Merchants: William Bradford and Plain Style ¥ Inflation: Thomas Morton and Trading-Post Pastoral ¥ Vent: Anne Hutchinson and Antinomian Selfhood ¥ Equivalence: Roger Williams and the Typology of Trade ¥ Debt: Salem Witchcraft and Paper Money ¥ Epilogue: Economies of Possession and Dissent ¥ Notes ¥ Works Cited ¥ Index. (Key Words: (Key Words: Michelle Burnham, Colonial America, Dissent, New England, Writing, Anne Hutchinson, Salem, Witchcraft, American Studies, United States History, Immanuel Wallerstein, William Bradford, Inflation, Thomas Morton, Roger Williams).). Bookseller Inventory # 40262X1

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Title: Folded Selves: Colonial New England Writing ...

Publisher: University Press of New England, Lebanon

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: First Edition..

Book Type: book

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Folded Selves radically refigures traditional portraits of seventeenth-century New England literature and culture by situating colonial writing within the spatial, transnational, and economic contexts that characterized the early-modern world system theorized by Immanuel Wallerstein and others. Michelle Burnham rethinks American literary history and the politics of colonial dissent, and her book breaks new ground in making the economic relations of investment, credit, and trade central to this new framework for early American literary and cultural study.
Transcontinental colonialism and mercantile capitalism underwrote not just the emerging world system but New World writing suggesting that early modern literary aesthetics and the early modern economy helped to sponsor each other. Burnham locates in New England s literature of dissent from Ma-re Mount to the Salem witchcraft trials a persistent use of economic language, as well as competing economies of style. The brilliance of Burnham s study is that it exposes the transoceanic material and commercial concerns of colonial America s literature and culture of dissent."

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MICHELLE BURNHAM is Associate Professor of English at Santa Clara University. She is the author of Captivity and Sentiment (UPNE, 1997).

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