Images of the Hunter in American Life and Literature

Images of the Hunter in American Life and Literature

by Lynda Wolfe Wolfe Coupe
     
 

ISBN-10: 082044555X

ISBN-13: 9780820445557

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

The hunter figure appears in a variety of American literary texts and cultural contexts from colonial times to the present. Initially, he reflects rebellion against European aristocracy and then the growing independent spirit of the new nation. His power derives from his skill to survive and thrive in the vast American landscape. However, the hunter is a liminal

Overview

The hunter figure appears in a variety of American literary texts and cultural contexts from colonial times to the present. Initially, he reflects rebellion against European aristocracy and then the growing independent spirit of the new nation. His power derives from his skill to survive and thrive in the vast American landscape. However, the hunter is a liminal figure who traverses opposing worlds of wilderness and civilization. He belongs partly in each world, making him at once privileged and marginal. As the nation grows the hunter figure suggests shifts in the locus of power. Specifically, over time he represents the power to create the new nation, to develop it, to expand its power across the continent and the globe, to transcend degenerate forces that threaten it, and ultimately the power for any American, male or female, to reinvent and define his or her identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820445557
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Series:
Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literatu, #54
Pages:
211
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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