Title

Think globally, dig locally: Pedagogy and the archive in early Florida literature.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Thomas Hallock

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Date Issued

January 2010

Date Available

August 2014

ISSN

1889-5611

Abstract

As the field of early American literature absorbs the influences of trans-Atlantic and hemispheric models, border zones such as La Florida provide new opportunities for research and classroom study. Given this region’s complicated history, however, the literary history is very difficult to reconstruct. Early descriptions of Florida were written in Spanish, French, Portuguese, English, Latin, German, and native languages, and they took any number of forms, including histories, relaciones, fiction, epic poems, captivity and slave accounts, petitions, diaries, and natural histories. What holds together this diverse body of works? Given the range of materials, one pedagogical approach is to focus on the process of anthologizing itself. Florida offers a test case by which students may replicate the tasks that colonial authors, printers, editors, and anthologists undertook themselves. It provides a test site for micro-histories that, if completed alongside other projects, may be used to redraw the map of colonial American studies.

Comments

Citation only. Full-text article is available through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Camino Real: Estudios de las Hispanidades Norteamericanas, 2(3), 35-58.

Language

en_US

Publisher

Instituto Franklin, Universidad de Alcalá

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
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