Pocahontas: The Evolution of an American Narrative / Edition 1

Pocahontas: The Evolution of an American Narrative / Edition 1

by Robert S. Tilton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521469597

ISBN-13: 9780521469593

Pub. Date: 11/28/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

From the time of its first appearance, the story of Pocahontas has provided the terms of a flexible discourse that has been put to multiple, and at times contradictory, uses. Centering around her legendary rescue of John Smith from the brink of execution and her subsequent marriage to a white Jamestown colonist, the Pocahontas convention became a source of national…  See more details below

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From the time of its first appearance, the story of Pocahontas has provided the terms of a flexible discourse that has been put to multiple, and at times contradictory, uses. Centering around her legendary rescue of John Smith from the brink of execution and her subsequent marriage to a white Jamestown colonist, the Pocahontas convention became a source of national debate over such broad issues as miscegenation, racial conflict, and colonial expansion. At the same time, Pocahontas became the most frequently and variously portrayed female figure in antebellum literature. Robert S. Tilton draws upon the rich tradition of Pocahontas material to examine why her half-historic, half-legendary narrative so engaged the imaginations of Americans from the earliest days of the colonies through the conclusion of the Civil War. Drawing upon a wide variety of primary materials, Tilton reflects on the ways in which the Pocahontas myth was exploded, exploited, and ultimately made to rationalise dangerous preconceptions about the native American tradition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521469593
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series, #83
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1. Miscegenation and the Pocahontas narrative in colonial and federalist America; 2. The Pocahontas narrative in post-Revolution America; 3. The Pocahontas narrative in the era of the romantic Indian; 4. John Gadsby Chapman's Baptism of Pocahontas; 5. The figure of Pocahontas in sectionalist propaganda; Index.

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