Thursday April 16, 2009 5:30 ó 7:00 p.m.
Edward Taylor's Voice
Jordan Alexander Stein, University of Colorado at Boulder
This paper explores various traditions of self-representation in seventeenth-century New England Puritan writings and situates them in relation to twentieth-century scholarly claims about Puritan subjectivity. Taking as a central case study Edward Taylor's "Preparatory Meditations" (written c.1682-c.1718, but only published in 1937), the paper argues that Taylorís poems (and the representational conventions and oddities of seventeenth-century religious writings more generally) anticipate the rise in the eighteenth century of aesthetic projects like the novel, which more forcibly construct and reflect normative dimensions of human interiority.
All papers are pre-circulated electronically to those who plan to attend the seminar in person. For a copy of the paper, e-mail Heather Radke at firstname.lastname@example.org,or call (312) 255-3524.
The Newberry Library Seminar in Early American History and Culture is co-sponsored by the History Departments of DePaul University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago
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