Lehigh University                                                                                                                                       June 2000
Dept of English
Minor Field PhD Exam List


Anthologies  | Native America  |  Exploration and Discovery  |  SpanishFrench   |  New England  |  South

Caribbean  | Middle Colonies  |  Revolution and Early National Period

Secondary Material


Bercovitch, Sacvan, gen.ed.  The Cambridge History of American Literature.  Volume One: 1590-1820.  New York: Cambridge UP, 1994.

Elliott, Emory, gen. ed.  Columbia Literary History of the United States.  New York: Columbia UP, 1988.

Gunn, Giles, ed.  Early American Writing.  New York: Penguin, 1994.

Jehlen, Myra, and Michael Warner.  The English Literatures of America, 1500-1800.  New York: Routledge, 1997.

Lauter, Paul, et al, eds.  Heath Anthology of American Literature.  3rd ed., vol. 1.  Boston: Houghton, 1998.  (An anthology you might use teaching the traditional American literature survey course from beginnings to the mid-19th century.)

Mulford, Carla, ed.  Teaching the Literatures of Early America.  New York, MLA, 1999.


Fifteen Poets of the Aztec World (ed. Miguel Leon-Portilla, U of Oklahoma P, 1992), selections

Dine Bahane: The Navajo Creation Story (ed. Paul Zolbrod, U of New Mexico P, 1984)

Selections in the Heath Anthology:  Native American Oral Literatures" (24-109),  "Creation of the Whites" (115), "How America Was Discovered" (182-84),

Popol Vuh: The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life (ed. Dennis Tedlock, Simon & Schuster, 1985)


Columbus, The Diario of Christopher Columbus: First Voyage to America, 1492-93 (ed. Oliver Dunn and James Kelley, U of Oklahoma P, 1989)

Columbus, The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus (ed. J. M. Cohen, Penguin, 1969), pp. 115-23, 206-26, 265-76, 283-304

More, Utopia  OR  Shakespeare, The Tempest

Ralegh, The Discovery of . . . Guiana  OR  Jean de Lery, History Of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil

Vespucci, Mundus Novus

Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America (ed. Magnus Magnusson and Hermann Palsson, Penguin, 1965)


Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico (ed. Miguel Leon-Portilla, Beacon, 1990)

Cabeza de Vaca, The Account (Arte Publico, 1993)

"The Coming of the Spanish and the Pueblo Revolt" (Heath, 491-95)

Cortes, Five Letters (esp. Letter 2)

Las Casas, A Short History of the Destruction of the Indies (Penguin)

Perez de Villagra, History of New Mexico (selections in Heath)

Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz, "Reply to Sor Philothea" and selection of poetry in A Sor Juana Anthology (ed. Alan Trueblood, Harvard UP, 1988)

"Virgin of Guadalupe"  (in Heath)


The Jesuit Relations (ed. Allan Greer, Bedford/St.Martin's, 2000)


Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation

Bradstreet, selections (such as in Heath)

Edwards: esp. "Personal Narrative," "Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God," "God Glorified in the Work of Redemption," "A Divine and Supernatural Life," "Farewell Sermon," and selections from Religious Affections, Freedom of the Will, and Original Sin

Hutchinson, The Examination of Mrs. Anne Hutchinson (in Gunn)

Mather, selections from Magnalia Christi Americana and Wonders of the Invisible World (such as in Heath)

Morton, New English Canaan (selections in Heath)

Rowlandson, A Narrative of the Captivity

Taylor, God's Determinations and selections from Meditations (such as in Heath)

Wigglesworth, Day of Doom

Winthrop, "Model of Christian Charity"


Bartram, selections from Travels (in Jehlen & Warner)

Byrd, Secret History of the Dividing Line

Cook  OR  Lewis (selections in Heath)

Frethorne (in Heath)

Hamilton, Tuesday Club

Smith, selections (such as in Heath)


Caribbeana: An Anthology of English Literature of the West Indies, 1657-1777 (ed. Thomas Krise, U of Chicago P, 1999): sections 7, 8, 10, and any 3 others


Ashbridge, Some Account of the . . . Life  (Journeys in New Worlds, ed. William Andrews, U of Wisconsin, 1990)

Crevecoeur, Letters From an American Farmer

Franklin, Autobiography and selections (such as in Heath)

Knight, Journal ( in Andrews above)

Woolman, selections (such as in Heath)


Brown, one novel

Connecticut Wits (Freneau, Dwight, Barlow): selections (such as in Heath)

Equiano, Interesting Narrative of the Life

Federalist and Anti-Federalist (in Heath)

Filson, Adventures of Col Daniel Boon (in Jehlen & Warner)

Foster, The Coquette

Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia and selections (such as in Heath)

Murray, "On the Equality of the Sexes," "Observations on Female Abilities," and "Desultory Thoughts" in Selected Writings (ed. Sharon Harris, Oxford UP, 1995)

Paine, Common Sense, "Crisis #1"

Rowson, Charlotte Temple

Tyler, The Contrast

Wheatley, selections (such as in Heath)


Bercovitch, Sacvan.  The American Jeremiad.  Madison: U of  Wisconsin P, 1978.

---, gen.ed.  The Cambridge History of American Literature.  Volume One: 1590-1820.  New York:
Cambridge UP, 1994.

Davidson, Cathy N.  Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America.  New York: Oxford UP, 1984.

Greenblatt, Stephen.  Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World.  Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1991.

Leon-Portilla, Miguel.  Pre-Columbian Literatures of Mexico.  Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 1969.

Mulford, Carla, ed.  Teaching the Literatures of Early America.  New York, MLA, 1999.

Pastor, Beatriz.  The Armature of Conquest: Spanish Accounts of the Discovery of America, 1492-1589.  Stanford: Stanford UP, 1992.

Shields, David S.  Civil Tongues and Polite Letters in British America.  U of North Carolina P, 1997.

Slotkin, Richard.  Regeneration Through Violence: The Mythology of the American Frontier.  Middletown: Wesleyan UP, 1973.