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Introduction: Stories of Cataclysm and Population

Molly Farrell

in Counting Bodies: Population in Colonial American Writing

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190277314
eISBN:
9780190277338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277314.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American Colonial Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

The introduction argues that, from its beginnings, population science has been a form of storytelling about fears of depopulation. It introduces the term “human accounting” to describe acts of ... More


The Death and Life of Colonial Mortality Bills

Molly Farrell

in Counting Bodies: Population in Colonial American Writing

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190277314
eISBN:
9780190277338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277314.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American Colonial Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

Chapter Four investigates the forms of human accounting in colonial newspapers across North American port cities. Applying the methods of literary criticism to materials that were once the province ... More


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