Captivity Narratives Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Arner, Robert D. “The Story of Hannah Duston: Cotton Mather to Thoreau.” American Transcendental Quarterly 18 (spring 1973): 19-23.

Discusses the ways in which various writers have incorporated the legend of Hannah Duston into their writings.

Barnett, Louise K. “The White Fantasy World of the Frontier Romance.” In The Ignoble Savage: American Literary Racism, 1790-1890, pp. 17-142. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1975.

Argues that frontier narratives reflect the nationalism and racism of white society.

Carleton, Phillips D. “The Indian Captivity.” American Literature 15 (March 1943-January 1944): 169-80.

Advocates a greater respect for, and attention to, the genre of American captivity narratives.

Dondore, Dorothy A. “White Captives among the Indians.” New York History 13 (1932): 292-300.

Surveys captivity narratives.

Hartman, James D. “Providence Tales and the Indian Captivity Narrative: Some Transatlantic Influences on Colonial Puritan Discourse.” Early American Literature 32, no. 1 (winter 1997): 66-81.

Contends that English providence tales and Puritan Indian captivity narratives are closely related.

Heard, J. Norman. White into Red: A Study of the Assimilation of White Persons Captured by Indians. Metuchen, N.J.: The Scarecrow Press, 1973, 180 p.

Studies the various reactions of white captives to Native culture, ranging from rejection to assimilation. Also considers the struggle and readjustment of redeemed captives and Native children raised in white civilization.

Levernier, James and Hennig Cohen, eds. The Indians and Their Captives. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1977, 291 p.

Collection of captivity narratives, ordered chronologically from the earliest narratives written during the sixteenth century through the nineteenth century.

Whitford, Kathryn. “Hannah Dustin: The Judgement of History.” In Essex Institute Historical Collections 108, no. 4 (October 1972): 304-25.

Surveys various accounts of Hannah Dustin's captivity narrative.