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Captivity Narrative

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Mary Ann Samyn bases the structure of her first full-length collection on early American captivity narratives, accounts written by women such as Mary Rowlandson and Mary Jemison, who were removed from their families and held as prisoners in the wilderness before being returned to "civilization." Samyn explores the themes of captivity, removal and return, and enchantment. She invites us into a world of wonder, giving voice to characters from carnivals and fairy tales: the Disappearing Girl, the Mesmerist, and ...
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Overview

Mary Ann Samyn bases the structure of her first full-length collection on early American captivity narratives, accounts written by women such as Mary Rowlandson and Mary Jemison, who were removed from their families and held as prisoners in the wilderness before being returned to "civilization." Samyn explores the themes of captivity, removal and return, and enchantment. She invites us into a world of wonder, giving voice to characters from carnivals and fairy tales: the Disappearing Girl, the Mesmerist, and Gretel. A series of Alice in Wonderland variations captures perfectly the mix of the mundane and the marvelous we would expect to hear from Alice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814250341
  • Publisher: Ohio State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: Osu journal award Poetry Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

A Note about the Book
Reality Trick 3
Lessons in the Invisible 4
Trompe l'Oeil in Winter 5
Lake Bottom 6
The Listening Room 7
The Method 13
Nature Exhibit 14
The Chimney 15
The Mesmerist 16
The Bereavement Room 17
Mockingbird Pie 18
A Short History of Anxiety 19
The Bitter End 25
After Arguing 27
Raised in the Dark 28
The Sorceress 29
Display Case 30
Enough 31
"Feminism, The Body, and The Machine" 32
Interview with Alice 41
Alice, Falling 43
Alice in the Hallway 44
Cracked Alice 45
Spoiled Alice 46
Gothic Alice 47
Femme Fatale Alice 48
Thoroughly Modern Alice 49
Alice Writes Her Memoirs 50
Alice Writes a Letter 51
The Disappearing Girl 55
The Disappearing Girl's Mother Remembers 56
Her Sisters Agree 57
The Magician as a Boy 58
The Disappearing Girl's Homemade Magic Show 59
His Bag of Tricks 60
The Magician Explains How 61
The Disappearing Girl Explains 62
Private Showing 63
The Disappearing Girl Returns Home 64
Devilkin 67
Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 68
Gretel: A Case Study 69
One Thing or Another 71
The Parts of a Flower 72
Planetarium 73
Bright Waiting 74
Dash 75
Notes on Sources 81
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