The Resource Seasons of misery : catastrophe and colonial settlement in early America, Kathleen Donegan

Seasons of misery : catastrophe and colonial settlement in early America, Kathleen Donegan

Label
Seasons of misery : catastrophe and colonial settlement in early America
Title
Seasons of misery
Title remainder
catastrophe and colonial settlement in early America
Statement of responsibility
Kathleen Donegan
Title variation
Catastrophe and colonial settlement in early America
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The stories we tell of American beginnings typically emphasize colonial triumph in the face of adversity. But the early years of English settlement in America were characterized by catastrophe: starvation, disease, extreme violence, ruinous ignorance, and serial abandonment. Seasons of Misery offers a provocative reexamination of the British colonies' chaotic and profoundly unstable beginnings, placing crisis--both experiential and existential--at the center of the story. At the outposts of a fledgling empire and disconnected from the social order of their home society, English settlers were both physically and psychologically estranged from their European identities. They could not control, or often even survive, the world they had intended to possess. According to Kathleen Donegan, it was in this cauldron of uncertainty that colonial identity was formed. Studying the English settlements at Roanoke, Jamestown, Plymouth, and Barbados, Donegan argues that catastrophe marked the threshold between an old European identity and a new colonial identity, a state of instability in which only fragments of Englishness could survive amid the upheavals of the New World. This constant state of crisis also produced the first distinctively colonial literature as settlers attempted to process events that they could neither fully absorb nor understand. Bringing a critical eye to settlers' first-person accounts, Donegan applies a unique combination of narrative history and literary analysis to trace how settlers used a language of catastrophe to describe unprecedented circumstances, witness unrecognizable selves, and report unaccountable events. Seasons of Misery addresses both the stories that colonists told about themselves and the stories that we have constructed in hindsight about them. In doing so, it offers a new account of the meaning of settlement history and the creation of colonial identity." -- Publisher's description
  • "A provocative and remarkably original contribution that considers the agony of settlement in early America. Donegan writes so beautifully that readers might miss the audacity and innovation of her argument."--Jill Lepore, Harvard University
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Donegan, Kathleen
Dewey number
973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E162
LC item number
.D66 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Early American studies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Barbados
  • Barbados
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
Label
Seasons of misery : catastrophe and colonial settlement in early America, Kathleen Donegan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: unsettlement -- chapter 1. Roanoke: left in Virginia -- chapter 2. Jamestown: things that seemed incredible -- chapter 3. Plymouth: scarce able to bury their dead -- chapter 4. Barbados: wild extravagance -- Afterword: standing half-amazed -- Notes -- Index -- Acknowledgments
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
260 p.
Isbn
9780812245400
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013015743
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)842316418
  • 487451
  • (OCoLC)ocn842316418
  • 487451
Label
Seasons of misery : catastrophe and colonial settlement in early America, Kathleen Donegan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: unsettlement -- chapter 1. Roanoke: left in Virginia -- chapter 2. Jamestown: things that seemed incredible -- chapter 3. Plymouth: scarce able to bury their dead -- chapter 4. Barbados: wild extravagance -- Afterword: standing half-amazed -- Notes -- Index -- Acknowledgments
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
260 p.
Isbn
9780812245400
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2013015743
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill
System control number
  • (OCoLC)842316418
  • 487451
  • (OCoLC)ocn842316418
  • 487451

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