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The demon of the continent : Indians and the shaping of American literature, Joshua David Bellin

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The demon of the continent : Indians and the shaping of American literature
Title
The demon of the continent
Title remainder
Indians and the shaping of American literature
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Joshua David Bellin
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Language
eng
Summary
In recent years, the study and teaching of Native American oral and written art have flourished. During the same period, there has been a growing recognition among historians, anthropologists, and ethnohistorians that Indians must be seen not as the voiceless, nameless, faceless Other but as people who had a powerful impact on the historical development of the United States. Literary critics, however, have continued to overlook Indians as determinants of American-rather than specifically Native American-literature. The notion that the presence of Indian peoples shaped American literature as a whole remains unexplored. In The Demon of the Continent, Joshua David Bellin probes the complex interrelationships among Native American and Euro-American cultures and literatures from the mid-seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries. He asserts that cultural contact is at the heart of American literature. For Bellin, previous studies of Indians in American literature have focused largely on the images Euro-American writers constructed of indigenous peoples, and have thereby only perpetuated those images. Unlike authors of those earlier studies, Bellin refuses to reduce Indians to static antagonists or fodder for a Euro-American imagination. Drawing on works such as Henry David Thoreau's Walden, William Apess' A Son of the Forest, and little known works such as colonial Indian conversion narratives, he explores the ways in which these texts reflect and shape the intercultural world from which they arose. In doing so, Bellin reaches surprising conclusions: that Walden addresses economic clashes and partnerships between Indians and whites; that William Bartram's Travels encodes competing and interpenetrating systems of Indian and white landholding; that Catherine Sedgwick's Hope Leslie enacts the antebellum drama of Indian conversion; that James Fenimore Cooper and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow struggled with Indian authors such as George Copway and David Cusick for physical, ideological, and literary control of the nation. The Demon of the Continent proves Indians to be actors in the dynamic processes in which America and its literature are inescapably embedded. Shifting the focus from textual images to the sites of material, ideological, linguistic, and aesthetic interaction between peoples, Bellin reenvisions American literature as the product of contact, conflict, accommodation, and interchange
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digitized
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Bellin, Joshua David
Dewey number
810.9/3520392
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
PS173.I6
LC item number
B45 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Indians in literature
  • Littérature américaine
  • Indiens d'Amérique dans la littérature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • American literature
  • Indians in literature
  • Literatur
  • Kulturkontakt
  • Indianen
  • Amerikaans
  • Letterkunde
  • USA
  • Weiße
  • Indianer
  • Indianer (Motiv)
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The demon of the continent : Indians and the shaping of American literature, Joshua David Bellin
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file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-258) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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black and white
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Indian Conversions
  • The Charm of the Indian
  • Radical Faiths
  • Interlude
  • Stories of the Land
  • Mind out of Time
  • Myth and the State
  • Traditional Histories
Control code
697899806
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (274 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283890113
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computer
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rdamedia
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22573/ctt35dqb2
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  • preservation
  • access
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Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)697899806
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
The demon of the continent : Indians and the shaping of American literature, Joshua David Bellin
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-258) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Indian Conversions
  • The Charm of the Indian
  • Radical Faiths
  • Interlude
  • Stories of the Land
  • Mind out of Time
  • Myth and the State
  • Traditional Histories
Control code
697899806
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (274 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283890113
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35dqb2
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)697899806
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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