September 23, 2010, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Healing, Humors, and Medical Encounters in Colonial New England Promotional Writing
Kelly Wisecup, University of North Texas
This paper examines encounters between Native American and English medical knowledge in Edward Winslow’s 1624 Good News from New England, an early promotional report of the Pilgrims’ first four years in New England. Winslow described his cure of the Wampanoag sachem Massasoit, in which Winslow both employed medicine from Plymouth and imitated the actions of Native medical practitioners. While Winslow’s text has been read as creating negative descriptions of New England Algonquians, this paper reconsiders Winslow’s account of Native medical knowledge in order to investigate the relations between encounters and writing in New England.
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The Newberry Library Seminar in Early American History and Culture
Co-sponsored by the History Departments of DePaul University, Lake Forest College, Loyola University Chicago, 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
Coordinated by Betsy Erkkila, Northwestern University and Robert Morrissey, Lake Forest College
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