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Contested Spaces of Early America ed. by Juliana Barr, Edward Countryman, and: Encounters in the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn (review)

Contested Spaces of Early America ed. by Juliana Barr, Edward Countryman, and: Encounters in the... 816 } EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE: VOLUME 52 , NUMBER 3 Contested Spaces of Early America Edited by juliana barr and edward countryman Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014 426 pp. Encounters in the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People elizabeth a. fenn New York: Hill and Wang, 2014 450 pp. The field of early American studies has undergone a sea change in the first two decades of this century. No longer cowed by the Puritans, scholars reveled in exploring a new colonial world animated as much by mercantilism and materiality as by Ramist rhetoric and biblical typology. Colonial women increasingly entered the historians’ field of vision; the South and Mid-­ tlantic regions took their rightful stations as coequals with New England in the establishment of British America; and European critical theory finally found its place at the table as early Americanists deployed the work of Roger Chartier and Jürgen Habermas to theorize how the material practices involved in writing, reading, and printing opened the way for the constitution of “the public” in the colonies. Inspired by innovative work in area studies, scholars soon worked to integrate non-­ Europeans into their analyses, interweaving postcolonial scholarship with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Contested Spaces of Early America ed. by Juliana Barr, Edward Countryman, and: Encounters in the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn (review)

Early American Literature , Volume 52 (3) – Oct 31, 2017

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816 } EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE: VOLUME 52 , NUMBER 3 Contested Spaces of Early America Edited by juliana barr and edward countryman Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014 426 pp. Encounters in the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People elizabeth a. fenn New York: Hill and Wang, 2014 450 pp. The field of early American studies has undergone a sea change in the first two decades of this century. No longer cowed by the Puritans, scholars reveled in exploring a new colonial world animated as much by mercantilism and materiality as by Ramist rhetoric and biblical typology. Colonial women increasingly entered the historians’ field of vision; the South and Mid-­ tlantic regions took their rightful stations as coequals with New England in the establishment of British America; and European critical theory finally found its place at the table as early Americanists deployed the work of Roger Chartier and Jürgen Habermas to theorize how the material practices involved in writing, reading, and printing opened the way for the constitution of “the public” in the colonies. Inspired by innovative work in area studies, scholars soon worked to integrate non-­ Europeans into their analyses, interweaving postcolonial scholarship with

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