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Faithful Bodies: Performing Religion and Race in the Puritan Atlantic by Heather Miyano Kopelson (review)

Faithful Bodies: Performing Religion and Race in the Puritan Atlantic by Heather Miyano Kopelson... Book Reviews{ 937 on our own with our own favored readings and memories. That is all the Constitution gives us, and for that, Epps seems to suggest, we should be grateful. I hope that we can do other things with ourselves and our histories than privately enjoy them. In her book Early Modern Liberalism, Annabel Patterson writes of the great seventeenth-century commonwealth theorist Algernon Sidney's work Discourses on Government that his agenda was "to move the reader gradually to understand that the only guarantor against partisan jurisprudence was shared jurisprudence" (141). Epps has done us a great service in calling attention to the text of the Constitution as something to be read, and actively. Our task now, let me suggest, is to start reading actively, and to do so together, not because we have been told to do so, but because reading turns out to be much more than just a metaphor for the tough work of democracy. Matthew CRow Hobart and William Smith Colleges Faithful Bodies: Performing Religion and Race in the Puritan Atlantic heatheR MIYano kopelson New York: New York University Press, 2014 416 pp. The concept of performance now seems indispensable to the study of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Faithful Bodies: Performing Religion and Race in the Puritan Atlantic by Heather Miyano Kopelson (review)

Early American Literature , Volume 50 (3) – Nov 18, 2015

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Book Reviews{ 937 on our own with our own favored readings and memories. That is all the Constitution gives us, and for that, Epps seems to suggest, we should be grateful. I hope that we can do other things with ourselves and our histories than privately enjoy them. In her book Early Modern Liberalism, Annabel Patterson writes of the great seventeenth-century commonwealth theorist Algernon Sidney's work Discourses on Government that his agenda was "to move the reader gradually to understand that the only guarantor against partisan jurisprudence was shared jurisprudence" (141). Epps has done us a great service in calling attention to the text of the Constitution as something to be read, and actively. Our task now, let me suggest, is to start reading actively, and to do so together, not because we have been told to do so, but because reading turns out to be much more than just a metaphor for the tough work of democracy. Matthew CRow Hobart and William Smith Colleges Faithful Bodies: Performing Religion and Race in the Puritan Atlantic heatheR MIYano kopelson New York: New York University Press, 2014 416 pp. The concept of performance now seems indispensable to the study of

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 18, 2015

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