The Cambridge History of American Literature, Volume 1: by Sacvan Bercovitch

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By Sacvan Bercovitch

The Cambridge historical past of yankee Literature addresses the spectrum of recent and demonstrated instructions in American writing. An interdisciplinary distillation of yankee literary heritage, it weds the voice of conventional feedback with the range of pursuits that signify modern literary reports. quantity 1 covers the colonial and early nationwide classes, discussing authors starting from Renaissance explorers to the poets and novelists of the recent republic. it may turn out an essential consultant for students and scholars within the fields of English and American literatures and American history.

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John Hawkins to the Coast of Guinea and the Indies of Nova Hispania, 1564" (this is the same Hawkins who reported earlier on unicorns in Florida and whose writings were published by Hakluyt) describes a raid: The captain was advertised by the Portuguese of a town of the Negroes, where was not only great quantity of gold, but also that there were not above forty men, and an hundred women and children in the town, so that he might get an hundred slaves: he determined to stay before the town three or four hours, to see what he could do: and thereupon prepared his men in armour and weapon together, to the number of forty men well appointed, having to their guides certain Portuguese: we landing boat after boat, and diverse of our men scattering themselves, contrary to the captain's will, by one or two in a company, for the hope that they had to find gold in their houses, ransacking the same, in the meantime the Negroes came upon them, and hurt many being thus scattered whereas if five or six had been together, they had been able as their companions did, to give the overthrow to 40 of them.

His Letter to Soderini did not yet clearly separate the New World from Asia, but it already abandoned the principle that no large landmass outside those already known could possibly exist. And although he may have invented either one or two voyages to enlarge his role in the exploration of the New World, he did understand it was new. Two events thus epitomize this period of radical change: (1) Vespucci succeeded by proclaiming that the new lands implied a new globe, and (2) Columbus, defending the old globe and unable to fit his new continents onto it, died bitter and unrewarded.

But they each define it differently. " He then describes naming the many islands, an act that summarizes the difference between him and his predecessor. In no position to rename, Marco Polo on the contrary finds value, including economic value, in the bizarre, gorgeous names of the extraordinary beings he encounters and their cities: Kubilai Khan, Ghinghiz Khan, Kaidu; Erguiul, Karajang, Zar-dandan. Columbus does occasionally note an indigenous name — San Salvador, he reports, was originally Guanahani — but with neither pleasure nor profit.

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