Summer Reads 2015 by Laura Stevens

This is the latest in a series of blogs highlighting what faculty members in The University of Tulsa Department of English are reading this summer. Check back often for updates. Enjoy!

“One of my projects for this summer is to expand my knowledge of the colonial Americas by learning more about Spain’s colonial encounters with native peoples, especially through Christian missions. I’ll be reading several texts on this topic, such as Daniel Reff’s Plagues, Priests, and Demons: Sacred Narratives and the Rise of Christianity in the Old World and the New. This reading will help prepare me for a new class I’m teaching this fall, Early American Literature: Cuttings from the Sharp Edge of Contact, as well as a book I am writing this year titled Friday’s Tribe: Eighteenth-Century English Missionary Fantasies.

Laura Stevens is an associate professor in the TU English Department.