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Writing the Early Americas

Spanning the broad chronological territory between contact and colonization through the long nineteenth century, this series invites scholarship that amplifies, challenges, and re-grounds the study of literary culture in the U.S. by highlighting the varied spaces, temporal periods, and forms of language of the early Americas.

Series Editors: Anna Brickhouse & Kirsten Silva Gruesz
UVP Editor: Eric Brandt

The Sun of Jesús del Monte

A Cuban Antislavery Novel Translated and edited by David Luis-Brown. Andrés Avelino de Orihuela

Translated into English for the first time, Andrés Avelino de Orihuela’s El Sol de Jesús del Monte is a landmark Cuban antislavery novel. Published originally in 1852, the same year as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (which Orihuela had translated into Spanish), it provides an... More

Letters from Filadelfia

Early Latino Literature and the Trans-American Elite Rodrigo Lazo

For many Spanish Americans in the early nineteenth century, Philadelphia was Filadelfia, a symbol of republican government for the Americas and the most important Spanish-language print center in the early United States. In Letters from Filadelfia, Rodrigo Lazo opens a window into Spanish-language... More


A History of the Writerly Pox in the Eighteenth-Century Hispanic World Juan Carlos González Espitia

Syphilis was a prevalent affliction in the era of the Americas’ colonization, creating widespread anxiety that is indicated in the period’s literature across numerous fields. Reflecting Spaniards’ political prejudices of the period, it was alternately labeled "mal francés" or "el mal de las Indias... More

The Alchemy of Conquest

Science, Religion, and the Secrets of the New World Ralph Bauer

The Age of the Discovery of the Americas was concurrent with the Age of Discovery in science. In The Alchemy of Conquest, Ralph Bauer explores the historical relationship between the two, focusing on the connections between religion and science in the Spanish, English, and French literatures about... More

Creole Drama

Theatre and Society in Antebellum New Orleans Juliane Braun

The stages of antebellum New Orleans did more than entertain. In the city’s early years, French-speaking residents used the theatre to assert their political, economic, and cultural sovereignty in the face of growing Anglo-American dominance. Beyond local stages, the francophone struggle for... More