224 pages, 6 x 9
Paperback
Release Date:01 Nov 2014
ISBN:9780816531387
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Buried in Shades of Night

Contested Voices, Indian Captivity, and the Legacy of King Philip's War

The University of Arizona Press

The captivity narrative of Mary Rowlandson, The Soveraignty and Goodness of God, published in 1682, is often considered the first "best seller" to be published in North America. Since then, it has long been read as a first-person account of the trials of Indian captivity. In this groundbreaking new book, Billy J. Stratton offers a critical examination of the narrative of Mary Rowlandson. Although it has long been thought that the book's preface was written by the influential Puritan minister Increase Mather, Stratton's research suggests that Mather was also deeply involved in the production of the narrative itself, which bears strong traces of a literary form that was already well established in Europe. As Stratton notes, the portrayal of Indian people as animalistic "savages" and of Rowlandson's solace in Biblical exegesis served as a convenient alibi for the colonial aspirations of the Puritan leadership.

Billy J. Stratton holds a PhD in American Indian Studies and is an assistant professor of English at the University of Denver.
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