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Title Page

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Copyright

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Many friends and colleagues have been generous over the years it took to write this book. At Hofstra University, I thank Gloria Hoovert, Ron Janssen, Craig Rustici, Paula Uruburu, and Lee Zimmerman. Dean Bernard Firestone and Vice Dean Barry Nass gave me valuable assistance at a critical time. Hofstra’s Interlibrary Loan staff fulfilled my requests with ...

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1. Nightmares of History

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pp. 1-13

... after losing nearly half his men to “extreamity” during the winter, John Smith heard a curious story. Hard pressed to establish cordial relations with the Powhatans, on whom Jamestown depended for food, he sojourned with the “king” of Acawmacke, “the comliest proper civill Salvage” in the region. The chief related a strange “accident.” ...

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2. The Colonial Stage: Promise and Savagery in John Smith’s Virginia

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pp. 14-49

... Virginia experience suggest the deep roots of a new American regime. The ‹rst occurred in the fall of 1608, when the English adventurer was foraging for food. In a “fair plaine field,” waiting for word from Powhatan, Smith was suddenly accosted by thirty naked women, “their bodies al painted, some white, some red, some ...

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3. Suspect Grace: The Trials of Puritan Faith Echoes and Infamies: The Languages of Salem

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pp. 50-93

Although religious institutions do not figure prominently in Anthony Giddens’s historical sociology, the fate of religion is bound up with the narrative of the modern world. That narrative has produced two opposed allegories. Sociologists like Weber, Durkheim, and Habermas have claimed that modernity came about ...

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4. Alien Terrors: Phillis Wheatley’s Feminine Sublime The Silence of John Marrant

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pp. 94-144

Black writers commemorating the upheavals and betrayals of the Age of Revolution were themselves beset by contradiction, their idealism shadowed by despair. One might look to their texts, then, to focus the tensions of displacement and authority that I have associated with the term ...

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5. Infidelities: Disavowing Charlotte Temple Slander and Honor in Trials of the Human Heart

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pp. 145-185

... Wheatley and Marrant, her sense of exposure was equally acute. An itinerant actress who lived by her wits and on whom the anxieties of the American Revolution left a lifelong impression, Rowson explored that vulnerability in novels treating abandoned women. Her texts come closest to what Anthony Giddens means by the term ...

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6. The Devil Designs a Career

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pp. 186-216

Her emphasis on honor and vows suggests her attempt to resist the expansive opportunities of the public sphere, even as she uses the public sphere to register her claims. In this final chapter, I turn to another figure whose spectacular successes and failures reveal his “recursive” capacity to fuse convention and risk. Although Aaron Burr has ...

Notes

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pp. 217-250

Index

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pp. 251-254