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Moving encounters : sympathy and the Indian question in Antebellum literature

Author: Laura L Mielke
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2008.
Series: Native Americans of the Northeast.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How literary portraits of Indian-white encounters shaped nineteenth-century disputes over Native rights. An old Indian woman comforts two young white children she finds lost in the woods and lovingly carries them back to their eager parents. A frontiersman sheds tears over the grave of a Mohican youth, holding hands with the mourning father. According to Laura L. Mielke, such emotionally charged scenes between
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laura L Mielke
ISBN: 9781558496309 1558496300 9781558496316 1558496319
OCLC Number: 138341108
Description: xii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : the moving encounter in antebellum literature --
The evolution of moving encounters in Lydia Maria Child's American Indian writings, 1824-1870 --
Doomed sympathy and The prairie : rereading Natty Bumppo as a sentimental intermediary --
"Be man!" : emasculating sympathy and the Southern patriarchal response in the fiction of William Gilmore Simms --
Containing native feeling : sentiment in the autobiographies of William Apess, Mary Jemison, and Black Hawk --
The book, the poet, the Indian : transcendental intermediaries in Margaret Fuller's Summer on the lakes and Henry David Thoreau's The Maine woods --
"Sorrows in excess!" : the limits of sympathy in the ethnography of George Caitlin, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, and Henry Rowe Schoolcraft --
Restoring the Noahic family : the three races of America in Mary Eastman's Aunt Phillis's cabin and Mary Howard Schoolcraft's The black gauntlet --
Staging encounters and reclaiming sympathy through Indian melodramas and parodies, 1821-1855 --
Conclusion : moving beyond sentiment or cynicism.
Series Title: Native Americans of the Northeast.
Responsibility: Laura L. Mielke.
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