1 SHORT CREATIVE WRITING PIECE ENGLISH 4125: COLONIAL AND EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE FALL 06 PATRICK ERBEN _________________________________________________________________ List of Topics and Change to Description in Syllabus Below, you will find a list of suggested creative writing topics. You do NOT have to sign up now for one of the topics; rather, you may decide AFTER you have read a specific text to complete the assignment for that text. E.g., if you decide to write a piece on The Coquette, you would bring your work to class when we discuss that text. Please feel free to come up with your own, original idea! Author/Text Creative Writing Topic Cabeza de Vaca, Relación Describe a particularly difficult moment in your life in the voice/tone of Cabeza de Vaca’s Relacion! Or: Reflect on the fatal decision to take the expedition across the land and leave the ships from the point of view of Governor Panfilo de Narvaez! Or: Describe a specific scene in the account from the point of view of the Indians! (I admit that this is complete conjecture...) Titu Cussi Yupangui, An Inca Take on the view-point of a conquistador! Can we/should we Account of the Conquest of humanize the victimizer, the conqueror? Peru Brebeuf/Jesuit missionaries As a missionary among the Indians, reflect—in a personal letter to a friend—on your inner conflict between suffering for the faith as a way to follow Christ and your desire to embrace life. Or: As a missionary, write a diary entry about your conflicting emotions toward the Indians! Mary Rowlandson Write about Mary’s captivity from the point of view of one of the other characters! (e.g. Wetamoo, her husband, etc.) Anne Bradstreet Write a poem about your experience and life in Puritan New England (in the 17th century)! Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Write a response similar to the Repuesta—i.e. a rebuttal that, on the surface, appears to be submissive! Olaudah Equiano, Interesting Recently, scholars such as Vincent Carretta have argued that Narrative Equiano was actually born in the Caribbean and that he constructed the story of his childhood in Africa and the middle passage from printed accounts and stories told by other slaves (rather than first-hand experience). Imagine you are the 18th- century publisher/editor of Equiano’s Narrative and you have to defend the book against similar allegations brought against the book at the time! Thomas Jefferson/Phillis Write Phillis Wheatley’s rebuttal of Jefferson’s comments Wheatley about her! 2 Samson Occom, Sermon Write a short speech that is directed toward two different audiences, maybe praising someone or something overtly, but criticizing covertly! The Cherokee Phoenix You are a contributor to the bilingual Cherokee newspaper, The Cherokee Phoenix. Write an editorial arguing for or against removal of the Cherokee to Oklahoma! Hannah Webster Foster, The Write an elegy for Eliza Wharton from the point of view and in Coquette the voice of one of the other characters in the novel! Baron Ludwig von Write a first-person reflection on any of the events in the novel, Reizenstein, The Mysteries of seen through the eyes of any principal character! New Orleans Or: Write a contemporary (1850s) book review of the novel! (I.e. how might have readers and journalists/critics reacted to this book?) Or: Write a different/alternate letter in response to one Eliza’s letters to her friends!
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