The Demon of the Continent: Indians and the Shaping of American Literature [NOOK Book]


American literature has been deeply shaped by the presence of American Indians.

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The Demon of the Continent: Indians and the Shaping of American Literature

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American literature has been deeply shaped by the presence of American Indians.

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Bellin (La Roche College) examines the complex interrelationships among Native American and Euro-American cultures and literatures from the mid-17th to the mid-19th centuries, arguing that the presence of Indian peoples in the United States has profoundly shaped American literature<-->not only the texts that overtly engage this presence, but the whole body of literature produced in a nation itself created by this encounter<-->and that this presence must be reckoned with in our reading and teaching of the literature. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"This work will join such studies as Toni Morrison's Playing in the Dark, Eric Sundquist's To Wake the Nations, and Lucy Maddox's Removals. It is a thoughtful, engaging study."—Priscilla Wald, Duke University

"Bellin not only proposes a major and fundamentally new reading of American literature itself, he also writes beautifully."—Barry F. O'Connell, Amherst College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812201222
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 280
  • File size: 453 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1. Indian Conversions 14
2. The Charm of the Indian 39
3. Radical Faiths 71
Interlude 98
4. Stories of the Land 106
5. Mind out of Time 131
6. Myth and the State 154
7. Traditional Histories 183
Conclusion 208
Notes 211
Index 259
Acknowledgments 273
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