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A nation unchurched: The Apocalyptic community in Massachusetts Bay, 1620--1713
A Nation Unchurched: The Apocalyptic Community in Massachusetts Bay, 1620-1713 studies the development of the Puritan sense of their own community during the colony's first 100 years. The Introduction offers a close reading ...
Beginning again then: History, progress, and American modernism
My study is about modernist writers who reinvent the function of historical knowledge through literary form. Working against the notion that modernist texts evade history, I examine writers--especially William James, W.E.B. ...
A covenant in fiction: Legacies of Puritanism in the post-war American novel
A Covenant in Fiction offers a narrative of the way American prose has engaged with the legacy of Puritanism its beginnings to the present. As religious fundamentalism becomes an increasing concern in world politics, I ...
Early modern, multicultural England: Literature and immigration in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England
This dissertation challenges recent scholarship on the construction of Englishness and early modern national identity by examining the ways in which early modern writers addressed the issue of immigration from the continent ...