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This Violent EmpireThe Birth of an American National Identity$
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Carroll Smith-Rosenberg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832967

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9780807832967.001.0001

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Subject Female Authorizing an American Identity

Subject Female Authorizing an American Identity

(p.250) Chapter Five Subject Female Authorizing an American Identity
This Violent Empire

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how European American women helped construct European Americans as true Americans and Native Americans as savages. They did so in three distinct moves: by assuming the role of innocent victims of barbarity; by assuming the role of authoritative writers; and by authorizing themselves as an alternative white icon for the new European American Republic. Appropriating the right to write and to represent a white America, European American women appropriated the dominant male discourses of imperialism and patriarchal Christianity. The chapter explores women writers' role in representing both Native/European American relations and the new Republic they helped form by turning to the paradigmatic captivity narrative from which all other such narratives—and fiction—derived: Mary Rowlandson's Soveraignty and Goodness of God.

Keywords:   European American women, Native Americas, national identity, white Americans, Mary Rowlandson, women writers

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