Nineteenth-Century Captivity Narratives Moral Instruction - Essay

Moral Instruction

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

James A. Levernier (essay date 1978)

SOURCE: "The Captivity Narrative as Children's Literature," in The Markham Review, Vol. 8, Fall, 1978, pp. 54-59.

[In the following essay, Levernier maintains that nineteenth-century captivity narratives written specifically for children and young adults were intended to convey moral, religious, and political lessons.]

Between 1820 and 1860 the wave of cultural nationalism that profoundly affected the writings of Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, and Nathaniel Hawthorne also influenced literature written primarily for America's rising generation of young people. Prior to the 1820s, American...

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