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Captivity Sentiment

Author: Michelle Burnham
Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
ISBN: 1611681154
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In a radically new interpretation and synthesis of highly popular 18th- and 19th-century genres, Michelle Burnham examines the literature of captivity, and, using Homi Bhabha's concept of interstitiality as a base, provides a valuable redescription of the ambivalent origins of the US national narrative. Stories of colonial captives, sentimental heroines, or fugitive slaves embody a "binary division between captive and captor that is based on cultural, national, or racial difference," but they also transcend these pre-existing antagonistic dichotomies by creating a new social space, and herein lies their emotional power. Beginning from a simple question on why captivity, particularly that of women, so often inspires a sentimental response, Burnham examines how these narratives elicit both sympathy and pleasure. The texts carry such great emotional impact precisely because they "traverse those very cultural, national, and racial boundaries that they seem so indelibly to inscribe. Captivity literature, like its heroines, constantly negotiates zones of contact," and crossing those borders reveals new cultural paradigms to the captive and, ultimately, the reader.

Outside America

Author: Dan Moos
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 9781584655060
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A new study of those excluded from the national narrative of the West. Dan Moos challenges both traditional and revisionist perspectives in his exploration of the role of the mythology of the American West in the creation of a national identity. While Moos concurs with contemporary scholars who note that the myths of the American West depended in part upon the exclusion of certain groups - African Americans, Native Americans, and Mormons - he notes that many scholars, in their eagerness to identify and validate such excluded positions, have given short shrift to the cultural power of the myths they seek to debunk. That cultural power was such, Moos notes, that these disenfranchised groups themselves sought to harness it to their own ends through the active appropriation of the terms of those myths in advocating for their own inclusion in the national narrative. that, because the construction of American culture was never designed to accommodate these outsiders, their writings display a division between their imagined place in the narrative of the nation and their effacement within the real West marked by intolerance and inequality.

America History And Life

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Article abstracts and citations of reviews and dissertations covering the United States and Canada.

Artificial Africas

Author: Ruth Mayer
Publisher: Dartmouth College
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A groundbreaking investigation of Western conceptions of Africa.

Haunting Capital

Author: Hershini Bhana Young
Publisher: Dartmouth College
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An exciting combination of literary studies, diaspora studies, and trauma studies.

Program

Author: Organization of American Historians
Publisher: The Organization
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Atlantic Poets

Author: Maria Irene Ramalho Sousa Santos
Publisher: Dartmouth Publishing Group
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An important new reading of Portugal's greatest poet.