H-180v. Six Degrees of Phillis Wheatley - Advance Reading List

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  • Preliminary Advices

    Readings will be provided via Dropbox or Google Drive, and the course overview/syllabus that will be shared with admitted students indicates which texts will inform each day’s discussions. Below is a longer bibliography of suggested (albeit not exhaustive) reading.

  • Suggested Reading

    Adéèkó, Adélèké. “Writing Africa Under the Shadow of Slavery: Quaque, Wheatley, and Crowther.” Research in African Literatures 40, no. 4 (Winter 2009): 1-24.

    Andrews, Edward E. Native Apostles: Black and Indian Missionaries in the British Atlantic World. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013.

    Bassard, Katherine Clay. “The Daughters’ Arrival: The Earliest Black Women’s Writing Community.” Callaloo 19, no. 2 (1996): 508-18.

    –––. Spiritual Interrogations: Culture, Gender and Community in Early African American Women’s Writing. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999.

    Benard, Akeia A. F. “The Free African American Cultural Landscape: Newport, RI, 1774–1826.” PhD diss., University of Connecticut, 2008. ProQuest (3308227)

    Brooks, Joanna. American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African American and Native American Literatures. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

    –––. “From Edwards to Baldwin: Heterodoxy, Discontinuity, and New Narratives of American Religious-Literary History.” American Literary History 22, no. 2 (2010): 439-53.

    –––.“Our Phillis, Ourselves.” American Literature 82, no. 1 (2010): 1-28.

    –––.“Prince Hall, Freemasonry and Genealogy.” African American Review 34, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 197-216.

    –––. “The Early American Public Sphere and the Emergence of a Black Print Counterpublic.” William and Mary Quarterly 62, no. 1 (January 2005): 67-93.

    Brooks, Joanna and John Saillant, eds. Face Zion Forward: First Writers of the Black Atlantic, 1785-1798. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2002.

    Chiles, Katy L. Transformable Race: Surprising Metamorphoses in the Literature of Early America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

    Clark-Pujara, Christy. Dark Work: the Business of Slavery in Rhode Island. New York: NYU Press, 2016.

    Connolly, Brian and Marisa Fuentes. “Introduction: From Archives of Slavery to Liberated Futures?” History of the Present 6, no. 2 (Fall 2016): 105-16.

    Coughtry, Jay. The Notorious Triangle: Rhode Island and the African Slave Trade, 1700–1807. Philadelphia: Temple University, 1981.

    Hardesty, Jared. Black Lives, Native Land, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England. Amherst: Bright Leaf, 2019.

    Horne, Gerald. The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America. New York: NYU Press, 2014.

    Isani, Muktar Ali. “The First Proposed Edition of Poems on Various Subjects and the Phillis Wheatley Canon.” American Literature 49, no. 1 (March 1977): 97-103.

    Parkinson, Robert G. The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution. Chapel Hill: UNC Press and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2016.

    Poirier, Noel B. “A Legacy of Integration: the African American Citizen—Soldier and the Continental Army.” Army History 56 (Fall 2002): 16–25.

    Polgar, Paul J. “Race and Belonging in the New American Nation: the Republican Roots of Black Abolitionism.” In Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations. Edited by Whitney Nell Stewart and John Garrison Marks. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2018.

    Pybus, Cassandra. “Jefferson’s Faulty Math: The Question of Slave Defections During the Revolution.” William and Mary Quarterly (April 2005).

    Quarles, Benjamin. The Negro in the American Revolution. Chapel Hill: UNC Press and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1996.

    –––. “Lord Dunmore as Liberator.” William and Mary Quarterly 15, no. 4 (October 1958): 494-507.

    Sinha, Manisha. “To ‘cast just obliquy’ on Oppressors: Black Radicalism in the Age of Revolution.” William and Mary Quarterly (January 2007): 149-60.

    Slauter, Eric. “Looking for Scipio Moorhead: An ‘African Painter’ in Revolutionary North America.” In Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World. Edited by Angela Rosenthal and Agnes Lugo-Ortiz. New York: Cambridge UP, 2013.

    Spires, Derrick R. The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early U.S. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019.