Happy 2018: Updates and Futures!

  • Re: Project Summary: The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature

    Dear colleagues, friends, and contributors,

    Happy New Year: let us celebrate ourselves! The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature had quite amazing run in 2017, as a dedicated group of students, librarians, editors, scholars, and faculty fleshed out the initial framework of a new OER textbook for use in Early American Literature survey courses. Click here for a sneak peek at the great progress we’ve made together.

    Our New Year’s resolution? To finish by the summer of 2018, giving us time to promote the anthology for its launch in Early American Literature classrooms in the coming fall. Thus, there’s more work to be done; and if you’d like to be a part of this exciting project, – or if you’re a returning champ – we’re searching once more for contributors!

    If you’re hearing about the project for the first time, well, hello! We’re the team building out the Early American Literature OER anthology that began as a student-driven project in Robin Derosa’s course at Plymouth State University; it received great press in this recent Inside Higher Ed piece. Here you can read a little more about the conception of the project since I’ve assumed the editorship. Then I went a little more in depth about teaching with the anthology in the Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students.

    Sold yet? Alright, here’s what we need: writers and editors with an interest in and knowledge of American Literature. More specifically, we’re looking for folks to write brief author introductions, locate and excerpt readable texts, and/or compose introductions to the major topical and historical sections of the anthology. More information and guidelines for each task can be found at the links below:

    You should also peruse and pencil yourself in on the master spreadsheet, and then introduce yourself at our Rebus Community discussion forum.

    If you’re looking for a quick overview of what’s available, author introductions and texts are needed for the following authors. Introductions are also needed for the working section titles below.

    Pre-, Contact, Colonization (“1491”- 1600s)
    "Creation Stories" Introduction
    The Book of Genesis (KJV) excerpts
    Winnebago Trickster Cycle
    Iroqoius Seneca Creation Myth
    Seneca Creation Myth
    Christopher Columbus
    Hernan Cortes
    Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
    The Requerimiento
    Samuel de Champlain
    Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala
    Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz
    Louis Hennepin

    New England/Puritanism (1600s-1760s)
    William Bradford
    Thomas Morton
    Anne Bradstreet
    Edward Taylor
    Jonathan Edwards

    Revolution and Nation (1760s-1830s)
    The Narranganset "Act of Submission"
    Samson Occom
    Benjamin Franklin
    Sarah Kemble Knight
    Thomas Jefferson
    Olaudah Equiano
    Toussaint L’Ouverture
    Briton Hammon
    Prince Hall
    Phillis Wheatley
    Susanna Rowson
    William Apess

    Renaissance/Romanticism (1830s-1890s)
    Washington Irving
    James Fenimore Cooper
    William Cullen Bryant
    Edgar Allan Poe
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    John Greenleaf Whittier
    Margaret Fuller
    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Henry David Thoreau
    Herman Melville
    Emily Dickinson

    Abolitionism and the Civil War (1840s-1860s)
    Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Frederick Douglass
    Sojourner Truth
    Harriet Jacobs
    Lydia Maria Child

    Reconstruction and Realism (1860s-19++)
    Rebecca Harding Davis
    Mark Twain
    Bret Harte
    Sarah Winnemucca
    Sarah Orne Jewett
    Henry James
    Emma Lazarus
    Edith Wharton
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    Theodore Dreiser
    Edward Bellamy
    Stephen Crane
    Willa Cather
    Jack London

    Finally, please do not hesitate to email me or address the Rebus forum with any questions, ideas, or concerns that arise during the process.

    All the best,


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