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American identity at a crossroads : Cotton Mather's Wonders of the Invisible World

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dc.contributor.advisor Betjemann, Peter J.
dc.creator Evans, Laura A. (Laura Ann)
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-04T21:01:18Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-04T21:01:18Z
dc.date.copyright 2012-05-09
dc.date.issued 2012-05-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/29601
dc.description Graduation date: 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract Cotton Mather's Wonders of the Invisible World (1692) has traditionally been dismissed as a failed missive attempting to defend the controversial Salem Witch Trials. What is missing from this characterization is an analysis of the degree to which the text, written at a moment of crisis in Puritan culture, actually looks forward to the emergence of a democratic polity. By tracing the topical disarray and the instability of audience that Wonders presents, the beginnings of this shift--which culminate in the American Revolution eighty years later--becomes apparent. Wonders demonstrates the quiet emerging of a distinct American mindset amidst social and political upheaval in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Although Cotton Mather's book did fail to unite his community in 1692, the flexible metaphors he borrowed, shaped, and refined in Wonders helped to define the nation of America. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Cotton Mather en_US
dc.subject Wonders of the Invisible World en_US
dc.subject exceptionalism en_US
dc.subject 1692 en_US
dc.subject colonial America en_US
dc.subject Puritan en_US
dc.subject American identity en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Wonders of the invisible world en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728 -- Criticism and interpretation en_US
dc.title American identity at a crossroads : Cotton Mather's Wonders of the Invisible World en_US
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts (M.A.) in English en_US
dc.degree.level Master's en_US
dc.degree.discipline Liberal Arts en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Ede, Lisa
dc.contributor.committeemember Hamblin, Jacob
dc.contributor.committeemember Robinson, David
dc.description.peerreview no en_us

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