Title: The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature
Lead editor: Tim Robbins (Graceland University) / @trobbins1981
Rebus project manager: Zoe Wake Hyde / @zoe
License: CC BY
Target audience: Undergraduate
Subject: Early American Studies
Target Release Date: Winter 2018
The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature was initially created by Robin deRosa at Plymouth State University (see Robin’s version here). Working with students, they collected public domain texts, edited them as necessary and created introductions for each to form the beginnings of a new, definitive anthology of Early American Literature.
The project is now in the hands of Tim Robbins and the Rebus Community, who will expand the texts covered and source introductions to each section. We are looking for collaborators to help us develop a more comprehensive series of texts and build the book out to meet the needs of Early American students and scholars.
This textbook takes a distinctly socio-historical approach to introducing Early American literature. The anthology will allow students to engage with literature in exciting and dynamic ways. The table of contents has been drafted, and we are currently looking for introduction authors and help securing public domain texts.
We are currently looking for:
- Introduction authors
- Public domain text researchers
Get involved by adding your name to the task assignment spreadsheet.
As the project progresses, we will also need collaborators to help with:
- Copy editing
- Formatting in Pressbooks
- Accessibility checks
- Promoting adoptions in classrooms
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
If you’re excited by this project, but still not sure where you’d like to get involved, just sign up to the forum, and post below for project updates. Give us an idea of your background, particular area of expertise, and interests. We’ll follow up and make sure we find ways to have you participate!
RECOGNITION FOR CONTRIBUTORS
This project couldn’t happen without your participation. All contributing authors will be credited prominently in their chapter, the book, the metadata and promotional materials. All editors, reviewers and other contributors will also be credited.
The Table of Contents is as follows:
Section 1: Pre-contact, Contact, Colonization
Section 2: New England/Puritanism
Section 3: Struggle, Revolution, Nation
Section 4: American Renaissanace/Romanticism
Section 5: Abolition and Civil War
Section 6: Reconstruction and Realism
For a more extensive outline, see here.
Here’s a list of useful documents:
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CURRENT PROJECT TEAM
@trobbins1981 (lead editor), @zoe (Rebus project manager), @robinderosa1 (adviser/cheerleader), @hugh, @bolaigeefealabi, @awwweiler, @dana-haugh, @paulapreads, @carolkunzler, @charlotte.barrett, @corinne.hameltaylor, @hbowen211, @docjem1972, @gesina.a.phillips, @marykathleenb86, @M.Self, @patricia-bostian, @lrdavis, @emmaprobst42, @sonyaparrish, @robertpaulwilson, @carolkunzler, @gaynord001… and you?