"The originality of Nan Goodman's project lies in her realization, carefully borne out, that concepts of law had as much and in many instances more to do with the controversies that so many other scholars of early America have treated in religious terms."—Robert A. Ferguson, Columbia University
"Banished is a well-conceived and very timely study that significantly enhances our understanding of law and literature in seventeenth-century New England. It is smart, engaged, well written, and needed."—Stephen Carl Arch, Michigan State University
About the Author
Nan Goodman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she also teaches law. She is author of Shifting the Blame: Literature, Law, and the Theory of Accidents in Nineteenth-Century America and coeditor (with Michael P. Kramer) of The Turn Around Religion in America: Literature, Culture, and the Work of Sacvan Bercovitch.