Image of the Noble Savage in Literature Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Baudet, Henri. Paradise on Earth: Some Thoughts on European Images of Non-European Man. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1965, 87p.

Provides commentary on the attitude of European and Western peoples toward non-Western cultures throughout the centuries.

Bissell, Benjamin. The American Indian in English Literature of the Eighteenth Century. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1925, 229p.

Overview of the treatment of Native Americans in English Literature, with an examination of the extent to which their existence was idealized.

De Lutri, Joseph R. “Montaigne on the Noble Savage: A Shift in Perspective.” French Review 49, no. 2 (December 1975): 206-11.

Evaluates Montaigne's account of the Noble Savage in the New World.

Fairchild, Hoxie Neale. “The Noble Savage: The Shaping of the Noble Savage Convention.” In The Noble Savage: A Study in Romantic Naturalism, pp. 1-22. New York: Russell & Russell, 1961.

Traces the origin of the idea of the Noble Savage, considering it a philosophical expression minimizing the importance of human intellect.

Moffitt, John F. and Santiago Sebastian. O Brave New People: The European Invention of the American Indian. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1996, 399p.

Provides a perspective into the initial depiction of European perceptions of Columbian cultures, focusing primarily on Native Americans.

Sheehan, Bernard W. “Paradise and the Noble Savage in Jeffersonian Thought.” William and Mary Quarterly 26 (July 1969): 327-59.

Analyzes the concept of the Noble Savage from the perspective of the Jeffersonian generation, discussing the shortcomings in the treatment of Native Americans.

Spate, O. H. K. “The Tahitian Venus and the Good Savage.” In Paradise Found and Lost, pp. 237-63. Rushcutters Bay, New South Wales: Australian National University Press, 1988.

Argues that Rousseau did not invent the Noble Savage concept and analyzes the accuracy of the idea in reality.