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Hudson Vincent (Harvard University)

February 13 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

“Subverting the Settler: Thomas Morton and the Transatlantic Baroque”

In a new reading of Thomas Morton’s The New English Canaan (1637), this talk resituates Morton’s baroque literary style within his life as a colonial settler in the lands of the Massachusett and Wampanoag. I argue that Morton not only expresses a baroque style of colonial narration, but also inaugurates a baroque style of English colonization altogether distinct from the practices of his Puritan neighbors. In the end, I reveal how the excessive logic of Morton’s baroque style ultimately turns back upon itself – how the overflowing logic of the Baroque offers an immanent critique of the colonial project.


February 13
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


HMNSS 2212