Tuesday, February 8, 2011

William Bradford

Work Discussed:
* Bradford,
Of Plymouth Plantation
* Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (handout)
Hebrews 11:13-16 (handout)

Topics Discussed:
* Millenarian Hopes
* American Dream
* Jeremiad
* Beliefs of Puritans and Pilgrims: Calvinism
* Bradford's Conception of New Word: Encounters with Native Americans and Views on Nature
* Issues of Narrative: Historical Fact or Fiction? Purpose of Work
* Puritan/Separatist View on Role of Writing: "The Plain Style"
* Puritan/Separatist Society: Covenant--Tension Between Individual and Society; Role of Bible
* Mayflower Compact

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