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Regeneration through violence : the mythology of the American frontier, 1600-1860

Author: Richard Slotkin
Publisher: Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, ©1973.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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In Regeneration Through Violence, the first of his trilogy on the mythology of the American West, Richard Slotkin shows how the attitudes and traditions that shape American culture evolved from the social and psychological anxieties of European settlers struggling in a savage new world to claim the land and displace the Native Americans. Using the popular literature of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Slotkin
ISBN: 0819540552 9780819540553 0819560340 9780819560346
OCLC Number: 333612
Awards: American Historical Association Albert A. Beveridge Award, 1973.
Description: viii, 670 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Myth and literature in the New World --
Cannibals and Christians: European vs. American Indian culture --
Home in the heart of darkness: the origin of the Indian War narratives (1625-1682) --
Israel in Babylon: the archetype of the captivity narratives (1682-1700) --
A palisade of language: captivity mythology and the social crisis (1688-1693) --
The hunting of the beast: initiation or exorcism? (1675-1725) --
The search for a hero and the problem of the "natural man" (1700-1765) --
A gallery of types: the evolution of literary genres and the image of the American (1755-1785) --
Narrative into myth: the emergence of a hero (1784) --
Evolution of the national hero: farmer to hunter to Indian (1784-1855) --
Society and solitude: the frontier myth in romantic literature (1795-1825) --
The fragmented image: the Boone myth and sectional cultures (1820-1850) --
Man without a cross: the Leatherstocking myth (1823-1841) --
A pyramid of skulls.
Other Titles: Mythology of the American frontier, 1600-1860
Responsibility: by Richard Slotkin.

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In Regeneration Through Violence, the first of his trilogy on the mythology of the American West, Richard Slotkin shows how the attitudes and traditions that shape American culture evolved from the social and psychological anxieties of European settlers struggling in a savage new world to claim the land and displace the Native Americans. Using the popular literature of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries -- including captivity narratives, the Daniel Boone tales, and the writings of Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Melville -- Slotkin traces the full development of this myth.

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1. Myth and literature in a New World. 2. Cannibals and Christians: Europeans vs. American Indian culture. 3. A home in the heart id darkness: the origin of the Indian War...
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