Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mary Rowlandson

Works Read:
* Rowlandson, A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mary Rowlandson
* Increase Mather's Preface to Rowlandson's Narrative (Handout)

Topics Discussed:
* Dual Voices: Male vs. Female Voice; Pious vs. Outraged Voice
* Role as Puritan Woman Writer
* Captivity Narrative Genre: Characteristics; Individual as Symbol of Community
* Portrayal of Native Americans, Puritan Community, Nature, Men and Women
* New World Identity
* Role of 21st Century Reader; Role of Authorial Control of Narrative

Due Next Class:
* Edwards, "Personal Narrative"
* Mather, from The Wonders of the Invisible World (308-313)
* Selected Bradstreet Poems:
  • "The Prologue"
  • "Contemplations"
  • "The Flesh and the Spirit"
  • "The Author to Her Book"
  • "Before the Birth of One of Her Children"
  • "In Reference to Her Children"
  • "In Memory...Elizabeth Bradstreet"
  • "In Memory...Anne Bradstreet"
  • "On My Dear...Simon Bradstreet"
  • "Here Follow Some Verses Upon..."
  • "As Weary Pilgrim"

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