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Bradford's Indian BookBeing the True Roote & Rise of American Letters as Revealed by the Native Text Embedded in Of Plimoth Plantation$
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Betty Booth Donohue

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037370

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037370.001.0001

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Of Plimoth Plantation as Medicine Text

Of Plimoth Plantation as Medicine Text

(p.134) 9 Of Plimoth Plantation as Medicine Text
Bradford's Indian Book

Betty Booth Donohue

University Press of Florida

This chapter argues that Of Plimoth Plantation's Parts One and Two are of two very different genres. Part One is similar to an American Indian creation account, while Part Two is a winter count. Taken together, they form a medicine text, a term that the author has coined and explained. The final chapter is given over to explaining how Bradford's book is, in both a metaphorical and physical sense, as much American Indian as it is European American. Its thrust is that Of Plimoth Plantation initiates what will become known as American literature in terms of American themes and poetics which are, in large measure, derived from American Indian compositional practices.

Keywords:   American literature, American themes, creation account, medicine text, poetics, winter count

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