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Through innovative interdisciplinary methodologies and fresh avenues of inquiry, the nine essays collected in A Peculiar Mixture endeavor to transform how we understand the bewildering multiplicity and complexity that characterized the experience of German-speaking people in the middle colonies. They explore how the various cultural expressions of German-speakers helped them to bridge regional, religious and denominational divides, to develop a new sense of ethnic solidarity and, eventually, a national identity. Instead of thinking about early American culture and literature as evolving continuously as a singular entity, the contributions to this volume conceive of it as an ever shifting and tangled “web of contact zones.” They present a society with a plurality of different native and colonial cultures interacting not only with each other, but also with cultures and traditions from outside the colonies, in a “peculiar mixture” of Old World practices and New World influences. Aside from the editors, the contributors are Rosalind J. Beiler, Patrick Erben, Cynthia G. Falk, Marie Basile McDaniel, Philip Otterness, Liam Riordan, Matthias Schönhofer, and Marianne Wokeck.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Front
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-8
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  1. Map: Germanic Cultural Presence in Early America c. 1830
  2. pp. viii-9
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part I: Migration and Settlement
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. Chapter 1: Rethinking the Significance of the 1709 Mass Migration
  2. pp. 23-42
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  1. Chapter 2: Information Brokers and Mediators: The Role of Diplomats in the Migration of German-Speaking People, 1709–1711
  2. pp. 43-57
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  1. Chapter 3: The Palatine Immigrants of 1710 and the Native Americans
  2. pp. 58-82
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  1. Part II: Material and Intellectual Cultures in the Making
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. Chapter 4: Of Dwelling Houses, Painted Chests, and Stove Plates: What Material Culture Tells Us About the Palatines in Early New York
  2. pp. 85-116
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  1. Chapter 5: (Re)Discovering the German-Language Literature of Colonial America
  2. pp. 117-149
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  1. Chapter 6: “Runs, Creeks, and Rivers Join”: The Correspondence Network of Gotthilf Henry Ernst Mühlenberg
  2. pp. 150-180
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  1. Part III: Negotiations of Ethnic and Religious Identities
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. Chapter 7: Divergent Paths: Processes of Identity Formation Among German Speakers, 1730–1760
  2. pp. 183-208
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  1. Chapter 8: Defining the Limits of American Liberty: Pennsylvania’s German Peace Churches During the Revolution
  2. pp. 207-245
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  1. Chapter 9: Pennsylvania German Taufscheine and Revolutionary America: Cultural History and Interpreting Identity
  2. pp. 246-274
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 275-278
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 279-284
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  1. Cover Back
  2. pp. 294-294
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780271061061
Print ISBN
9780271059495
MARC Record
OCLC
849936696
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2013-08-13
Language
English
Open Access
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