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Environment and Agency in Early America

· October 6th, 2015 · No Comments

Our series on the roundtables from this summer’s annual conference continues with a post from John Easterbrook. He recently received his PhD from the Department of English at New York University, where he completed his dissertation, “The Political Ecology of Early Anglo-American Writing, 1609-1847.” Our roundtable on “Environment and Agency in Early America” originated with… Read More »

Recovering Literary Texts, One at a Time

· September 29th, 2015 · 2 Comments

In our third entry of our summer conference roundtable roundup, we look back to a workshop on teaching once-forgotten texts with Meredith Neuman. Neuman is Associate Professor of English at Clark University and author of Jeremiah’s Scribes: Creating Sermon Literature in Puritan New England (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013). It may have been the… Read More »

Witnesses and their Testimony in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World: Identifying Commonalities and Exploring Differences

· September 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Today we continue our series exploring the roundtable sessions from last summer’s Institute-SEA conference with a post from Sara T. Damiano. She will receive her Ph.D. from the History Department at Johns Hopkins University this fall. This spring she will be a postdoctoral fellow in the Program in Early American Economy and Society at the… Read More »

Extending the Roundtable Conversation

· September 1st, 2015 · No Comments

Summer is beginning to seem like a distant memory. Sunset is beginning to creep earlier into the evening, the air (occasionally) has a hint of crispness in it, and for those of us on college campuses, the noise and bustle of student life has returned. But here at Uncommon Sense, we’re hoping to extend the… Read More »

Reflections on the Octo

· June 10th, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Octo is now about six months old, which makes the timing right for some reflection on just what the project now looks like and what I’ve learned about the early American blogosphere. It began with a simple goal: create a space where the Institute can bring together some of the best online work discussing… Read More »