By Michelle Burnham
In a brand new interpretation and synthsis of hugely renowned 18th and nineteenth century ganres, Burnham examines the literature of captivity and offers a priceless redescription of the ambivilent origins of the USA nationwide narrative.
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Extra resources for Captivity and Sentiment: Cultural Exchange in American Literature, 1682-1861 (Reencounters with Colonialism: New Perspectives on the Americas)
Then he came running to tell me he had a new Master" (144). 15 Her narrative in fact stands as a record of the precarious status of the captive-commodity within the suspended period and the hybrid space that precedes her removal from the borderland of cultural exchange. If Rowlandson's narrative brings our attention to this moment, it also requires that we extend the concept of exchange to include not merely economic transactions but also cultural and linguistic transactions. The traditional as well as the coerced mobility of the Algonquins necessarily brought them into frequent contact with foreign groups, encouraging not only the exchange of products but the assessment of values that are not merely economic.
When Depriv'd of her Limbs. By Her Enemies, November 29, 1774 114 9. Benjamin Franklin, Magna Britannia: her Colonies Reduc'd (circa 1766) 115 10. ) 137 11. ) 138 Page ix Acknowledgments The effects of innumerable exchanges are inscribed throughout this book. I pay tribute to some of those exchanges here, if only as a way of acknowledging my continuing indebtedness. Neil Schmitz, Ken Dauber, Deidre Lynch, and Bill Warner were among the earliest and best readers of this project, and I am grateful for their advice and encouragement.
That practice persisted but was also revised within the new colonial economy that emerged between natives and settlers, when a developing market value for European captives prompted Indians to begin selling them for ransom ("Uncertain Destiny" 195). Although hardly a commodity in the sense that a gun or a piece of gold is, in this hybrid colonial economy the captive nevertheless circulated as an object of trade subject to some of the same cross-cultural translations and investments that inscribed other commodities.