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Allegories of Encounter: Colonial Literacy and Indian Captivities

Andrew Newman


This book analyzes representations of reading, writing, and recollecting texts – “literacy events” – in early America’s best-known literary genre. Captivity narratives reveal how colonial captives treasured the written word in order to distinguish themselves from their native captors and to affiliate with their distant cultural communities. Their narratives suggest that Indians recognized this value, sometimes with benevolence: repeatedly, they presented colonists with books. In this way and others, scriptures, saintly lives, and even Shakespeare were introduced into the diverse experiences of ... More

Keywords: allegory, captivity, Indians, Isaac Jogues, literacy, John Marrant, Mary Rowlandson, James Smith, Kateri Tekakwitha, John Williams

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469643458
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Newman, author
Stony Brook University