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Miraculous Plagues: An Epidemiology of Early New England Narrative

Cristobal Silva

Abstract

This book reimagines New England’s literary history by tracing seventeenth- and early-eighteenth-century epidemics alongside the era of early colonial expansion, the Antinomian controversy, the evolution of the halfway covenant and jeremiad, and Boston’s 1721 inoculation controversy. Moving beyond familiar histories of New World epidemics (often referred to as the “virgin soil” model), the book identifies epidemiology as a generic category with specialized forms and conventions, and considers how regional and generational patterns of illness reposition our understanding of the relation between ... More

Keywords: epidemiology, New England, smallpox, Antinomian controversy, justification narratives, halfway covenant, inoculation controversy, Cotton Mather, John Winthrop, Anne Hutchinson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199743476
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743476.001.0001

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Cristobal Silva, author
Columbia University
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