Seasons of misery : catastrophe and colonial settlement in Early America / Kathleen Donegan.

By: Donegan, Kathleen [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksEarly American studies: Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2014Edition: 1st edDescription: 1 online resource (260 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0812209141; 9780812209143Subject(s): Frontier and pioneer life -- United States -- Sources | Frontier and pioneer life -- United States -- HistoriographyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Seasons of misery.DDC classification: 973 LOC classification: E162 | .D66 2014Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-246) and index.

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In this fresh look at the disasters of colonial settlement that played out in Roanoke, Jamestown, Plymouth, and Barbados, the focus is on 17th-century discourses and the moments of catastrophe they recorded. The author goes beyond the linear discussions of "disorder to order" typical of traditional colonial histories. For Donegan (English and American studies, Berkeley), it is exactly the disorder the isolated colonists found themselves in that reveals the shift from a European identity to a new and previously undefined colonial identity. The book's dual purpose of historical and literary analysis yields a well-written, highly accessible, and thoughtfully arranged argument. The author's thesis becomes a recurring motif that constantly focuses readers on her purpose and strongly reinforces her argument throughout the text. This technique engages readers and allows for a coherent, creative retelling of colonial settlement histories. The extensive notes section and the index will be very useful for researchers and scholars. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research/faculty collections. A. P. Hancock Emmanuel College

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Kathleen Donegan is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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