224 pages, 6 x 9
Hardcover
Release Date:26 Sep 2013
ISBN:9780816530281
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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. After an attack on the Puritan town of Lancaster, Massachusetts, in February 1676, Rowlandson was held prisoner for more than eleven weeks before eventually being ransomed. The account of her experiences, published six years later, soon took its place as an exemplar of the captivity narrative genre and a popular focal point of scholarly attention in the three hundred years since. 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.
RELATED TOPICS: Indigenous Studies
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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