Captive Selves, Captivating Others: The Politics and Poetics by Pauline Turner Strong

By Pauline Turner Strong

This booklet reexamines the Anglo-American literary style often called the “Indian captivity narrative” within the context of the advanced ancient perform of captivity throughout cultural borders in colonial North the US. This unique and nuanced examine of the connection among perform and illustration at the one hand, and identification and alterity at the different. it truly is a huge contribution to cultural experiences, American stories, local American stories, women’s stories, and historic anthropology.

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And, for so much as we could perceive, albeit they lived continually together, yet did they never use as man and wife, though the woman spared not to do all necessary things that appertained to a good housewife indifferently for them both, as in making clean their cabin, and every other thing that appertained to his ease: for when he was seasick, she would make him clean, she would kill and flea the dogs for their eating, and dress his meat. Only 1 think it worth the noting, the continence of them both, for the man would never shift himself, except he had first caused the woman to depart out of his cabin, and they both were most shamefast, lest any of their privie parts should be discovered, either of themselves, or any other body.

13. Vaughan and Richter (1980:77) refer to a convergence of practices between the two major language families in the Northeast, the Iroquoians and the Algonquians. 1 extend the term to include, in addition, the convergence of these complex Native American practices with European practices. See also Haefeli and Sweeney 1995 and Salisbury 1997. 14. In addition to Foucault and Said, I have been particularly influenced by the lectures and writings of Bernard S. Cohn (1983, 1985, 1996), John Comaroff and Jean Comaroff (1992), Raymond D.

M As the explorer's luck would have it, just as he was reluctantly preparing to sail homeward, a number of kayaks warily approached the ship. The captain responded by arming his vessel. Under these circumstances only the man who had previously served as a hostage was willing to ap- Indian Captives, English Captors 25 preach the ship, and when even he showed some hesitation, Frobisher "enticed" him closer by ringing bells and throwing them, together with some clothing, into the sea. When the man reached for a bell, Frobisher grabbed his arm and pulled him and his kayak aboard.

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