Early American History Seminar: Kelly Wisecup, University of North Texas

Thursday, September 23, 2010

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Early American History and Culture Seminar

Scholl Center Seminar papers are pre-circulated electronically.  For a copy of the paper, e-mail the Scholl Center at scholl@newberry.org.  Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.

“Healing, Humors, and Medical Encounters in Colonial New England Promotional Writing”
Kelly Wisecup, University of North Texas

This paper examines encounters between Native American and English medical knowledge in Edward Winslow’s 1624 Good News from New England, an early promotional report of the Pilgrims’ first four years in New England.  Winslow described his cure of the Wampanoag sachem Massasoit, in which Winslow both employed medicine from Plymouth and imitated the actions of Native medical practitioners. While Winslow’s text has been read as creating negative descriptions of New England Algonquians, this paper reconsiders Winslow’s account of Native medical knowledge in order to investigate the relations between encounters and writing in New England.