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Colonial Mediascapes, Colonial Mediascapes, 080323239X, 0-8032-3239-X, 978-0-8032-3239-6, 9780803232396, Edited and with an introduction by Matt Cohen and Jeffrey Glover Foreword by Paul Chaat Smith, , Colonial Mediascapes, 0803249993, 0-8032-4999-3, 978-0-8032-4999-8, 9780803249998, Edited and with an introduction by Matt Cohen and Jeffrey Glover Foreword by Paul Chaat Smith, , Colonial Mediascapes, 0803254407, 0-8032-5440-7, 978-0-8032-5440-4, 9780803254404, Edited and with an introduction by Matt Cohe

Colonial Mediascapes
Sensory Worlds of the Early Americas
Edited and with an introduction by Matt Cohen and Jeffrey Glover
Foreword by Paul Chaat Smith

2014. 464 pp.
27 illustrations, 1 map
$70.00 s
2014. 456 pp.
$35.00 s

In colonial North and South America, print was only one way of communicating. Information in various forms flowed across the boundaries between indigenous groups and early imperial settlements. Natives and newcomers made speeches, exchanged gifts, invented gestures, and inscribed their intentions on paper, bark, skins, and many other kinds of surfaces. No one method of conveying meaning was privileged, and written texts often relied on nonwritten modes of communication.
Colonial Mediascapes examines how textual and nontextual literatures interacted in colonial North and South America. Extending the textual foundations of early American literary history, the editors bring a wide range of media to the attention of scholars and show how struggles over modes of communication intersected with conflicts over religion, politics, race, and gender. This collection of essays by major historians, anthropologists, and literary scholars demonstrates that the European settlement of the Americas and European interaction with Native peoples were shaped just as much by communication challenges as by traditional concerns such as religion, economics, and resources.

Matt Cohen is an associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of The Networked Wilderness: Communicating in Early New England. Jeffrey Glover is an assistant professor of English at Loyola University Chicago and the author of Paper Sovereigns: Anglo-Native Treaties and the Law of Nations, 1604–1664.


Contributors: Ralph Bauer, Heidi Bohaker, Galen Brokaw, Jon Coleman, Jeffrey Glover, Peter Charles Hoffer, Andrew Newman, Birgit Brander Rasmussen, Richard Cullen Rath, Sarah Rivett, Gordon M. Sayre, and Germaine Warkentin.

"By mapping the terrain of communication practices from New England to the Andes, Colonial Mediascapes should be of great interest to historians, literary historians and material culture scholars across the geographic sweep of the early modern Atlantic world."—Stephen G. Hague, Itinerario

Colonial Mediascapes offers compelling insights from a veritable Who’s Who of early American literacy studies. The range of topics, the geographical diversity, and the thoughtfully developed connections between these essays makes this a particularly welcome project. This is a timely collection that will without a doubt have a major impact on a number of intersecting fields—book history, Native studies, early American studies, literacy studies.”—Hilary E. Wyss, Hargis Professor of American Literature at Auburn University and author of English Letters and Indian Literacies: Reading, Writing, and New England Missionary Schools, 1750–1830

 Publication of this volume was assisted by the Virginia Faulkner Fund, established in memory of Virginia Faulkner, editor in chief of the University of Nebraska Press.

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