Mary Rowlandson Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

BIOGRAPHY

Greene, David L. “New Light on Mary Rowlandson.” Early American Literature, 20, No. 1 (Spring 1985): 24-38.

Offers information on Rowlandson's life after her captivity.

CRITICISM

Breitwieser, Mitchell Robert. American Puritanism and the Defense of Mourning: Religion, Grief, and Ethnology in Mary White Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative, Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1990, 234 p.

Book-length interdisciplinary critique of Rowlandson's work and the culture in which it was written.

Diebold, Robert K. “Mary Rowlandson.” In American Writers Before 1800: A Biographical and Critical Dictionary: Q-Z, edited by James A. Levernier and Douglas R. Wilmes. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1983, pp. 1245-47.

Summarizes Rowlandson's life and the critical response to her narrative.

Lang, Amy Schrager. “Introduction.” In Journeys in New Worlds: Early American Women's Narratives, edited by William L. Andrews. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1990, pp. 13-26.

Offers historical background to and a brief critique of Rowlandson's text.

Minter, David L. “By Dens of Lions: Notes on Stylization in Early Puritan Captivity Narratives.” American Literature, 45, No. 3 (November 1973): 335-47.

Focuses on stylistic issues in Rowlandson's text, especially those related to the effect of Puritanism on the story, and the role her work played in the early evolution of the captivity narrative genre.

Pearce, Roy Harvey. “The Significance of the Captivity Narrative.” American Literature, 19, No. 1 (March 1947): 1-20.

Considers and compares numerous captivity narratives, from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, including Rowlandson's text.

Wesley, Marilyn. “Moving Targets: The Travel Text in A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.” Essays in Literature 23, No. 1, (Spring 1996): 42-57.

Examines Rowlandson's text as a woman's travel narrative, relating the unconventional structure of the text to its travel aspect.

Additional coverage of Mary Rowlandson's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 24 and 200.