- The Oxford Handbook of: Early American Literature
- The Literature of Exploration
- Captain John Smith
- Promotion Literature
- Puritan Historians and Historiography
- New England Poetry
- Captivity Literature
- Jonathan Edwards and the Great Awakening
- Augustan American Verse
- Picaresque Travel Narratives
- Dr. Alexander Hamilton
- Indian Voices in Early American Literature
- Scientific Discourse
- Newspapers and Magazines
- Print and Manuscript Culture
- Early American Libraries
- Early American Autobiography
- Early American Slave Narratives
- Benjamin Franklin
- Early American Drama
- The Literature of Politics
- Revolutionary Verse
- The Beginnings of the American Novel
- Crèvecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer
- History as Literature
- The Place of Natural History in Early American Literature
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The essence of this article is print and manuscript culture in the Americas and their influence on American literature. A furor was created over the publication of James Franklin's newspaper, the New-England Courant. A group of staunch religious believers averred that the tendency of this paper was to mock religion, and bring it into contempt. They wanted to not only silence James Franklin and his press but take away his livelihood, which was the goal of the committee, the Massachusetts Council. The history of scribal and printed publication in colonial America reveals the contest of voices and the varying versions of “truth” that resulted from a collision of competing interests. This article further explains the ideas of script, print, and the performance of culture. An analysis of scribal publication winds up the article.
Carla Mulford is Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, where she teaches early American studies, comparative colonial studies, and Native American studies. Besides serving as one of the founding editors of the groundbreaking Heath Anthology of American Literature, she has edited several other books, including Only for the Eye of a Friend: The Poems of Annis Boudinot Stockton (1995), Teaching the Literatures of Early America (1999), Finding Colonial Americas: Essays Honoring J. A. Leo Lemay (2001, with David Shields), and Early American Writings (2002, with Angela Vietto and Amy E. Winans). She is the recipient of the Richard P. McCormick Prize in History presented by the New Jersey Historical Commission.
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