Why We Left: A Literary Archaeology of Anglo-American Colonialism

Joanna Brooks, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, and Bunting Summer Scholar

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm

Why We Left: A Literary Archaeology of Anglo-American ColonialismWhy We Left: A Literary Archaeology of Anglo-American ColonialismColloquium by Joanna Brooks, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, and Bunting Summer Scholar, June 29, 2011.Why We Left: A Literary Archaeology of Anglo-American ColonialismColloquium by Joanna Brooks, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, and Bunting Summer Scholar, June 29, 2011.

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, thousands of peasants left England for North America. Popular histories tend to emphasize the allure of North America as a destination. Oral literary traditions offer a new narrative of the catastrophic context that propelled this migration.

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