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Vergil in the "Wracke" and the "Comming to Virginia"

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This paper investigates William Strachey's A True Reportory, a stylized eyewitness account of Strachey's 1609-1610 voyage to the Jamestown colony, showing how the text utilizes Vergil's Aeneid to set a precedent for the British colonization of the New World. By using the Aeneid as a resource for A True Reportory, I argue that Strachey is committed to creating a new and active history for Jamestown by connecting the ongoing foundation of Jamestown to that of the Roman Empire, an empire destined for greatness, in the attempt to align his account with the promotional goals of the Virginia Company. In particular, I will show that Strachey leverages Rome's greatness to induce the British population to take a more active role in the larger North American colonial project, while also using uniquely Roman paradigms of colonialism to legitimize Britain's possession of Jamestown and place the British experience within a known colonial framework.
Title: Vergil in the "Wracke" and the "Comming to Virginia": William Strachey's structural, literary, and ideological adaptation of the Aeneid.
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Name(s): Scott, Teresa Yates, author.
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Bibliography
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Academic Theses.
Academic Theses.
Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation.
Issuance: monographic
Date Created: 2021
Other Date: 2021.
Publisher: University of West Florida,
Place of Publication: [Pensacola, Florida] :
Physical Form: electronic resource
Extent: 1 online resource (v, 34 leaves)
Language(s): eng
Abstract: This paper investigates William Strachey's A True Reportory, a stylized eyewitness account of Strachey's 1609-1610 voyage to the Jamestown colony, showing how the text utilizes Vergil's Aeneid to set a precedent for the British colonization of the New World. By using the Aeneid as a resource for A True Reportory, I argue that Strachey is committed to creating a new and active history for Jamestown by connecting the ongoing foundation of Jamestown to that of the Roman Empire, an empire destined for greatness, in the attempt to align his account with the promotional goals of the Virginia Company. In particular, I will show that Strachey leverages Rome's greatness to induce the British population to take a more active role in the larger North American colonial project, while also using uniquely Roman paradigms of colonialism to legitimize Britain's possession of Jamestown and place the British experience within a known colonial framework.
Identifier: 1296381331 (oclc), WFE0000779 (IID)
Note(s): by Teresa Yates Scott.
Department of English, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.
Thesis (M.A.) University of West Florida 2021
Includes bibliographical references.
Also available in print.
Subject(s): University of West Florida
University of West Florida.
American literature -- Research
Library Classification: LD1807.F62k 2021 S368
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/uwf/fd/WFE0000779
Use and Reproduction: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/
Host Institution: UWF
Other Format: Vergil in the "Wracke" and the "Comming to Virginia". (Print version:)
(OCoLC)1296380764

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