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By Pauline Turner Strong

This booklet reexamines the Anglo-American literary style referred to as the “Indian captivity narrative” within the context of the advanced old perform of captivity throughout cultural borders in colonial North the USA. This certain and nuanced learn of the connection among perform and illustration at the one hand, and id and alterity at the different. it really is a big contribution to cultural experiences, American reviews, local American experiences, women’s reports, and ancient anthropology.

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The availability of the facsimiles has, however, facilitated a burst of excellent scholarship. 22. Levernier and Cohen's concise bibliographic essay (1977:277-278) is a good introduction to earlier literary studies of captivity; see also Ebersole 1995, Vaughan 1983, and Vaughan and Clark 1981. Baum (1993) offers a critique of typological interpretations. 23. Others who have analyzed the role of captivity in classic American literature include Barnett (1975), Castiglia (1996), Fiedler (1969), Lawrence (1964 [1923]), Seelye (1977), Slotkin (1973), and Zolla (1973).

Others who have analyzed the role of captivity in classic American literature include Barnett (1975), Castiglia (1996), Fiedler (1969), Lawrence (1964 [1923]), Seelye (1977), Slotkin (1973), and Zolla (1973). 24. Although focused on colonial literature more generally, Gordon M. Sayre's (1997) astute comparison of French and English representations of Native Americans is also exceptional. 18 Introduction 25. Salisbury 1997, Vaughan and Clark 1981, and Vaughan 1983 include bibliographies of the ethnohistorical literature on captivity.

22 Two women were unable to avoid capture, "one being old and ugly... " The former, an "old wretch, whom divers of our sailors supposed to be either a devil, or a witch, had her buskins plucked off, to see if she were cloven footed, and for her ugly hue and deformity, we let her go" (Sturtevant and Quinn 1987:77), Relieved to be rid of the ugly if not demonic "wretch," they retained the mother and child, delighted to have, in Best's words, "a woman captive for the comfort of our man" (1938 [1578]:69).

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