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
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.