William Apess Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Gustafson, Sandra. "Nations of Israelites: Prophecy and Cultural Autonomy in the Writings of William Apess." Religion and Literature 26, No. 1 (Spring 1994): 31-53.

Compares Apess with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mormon leader Joseph Smith, tracing the evolution of Apess's idea that Native Americans are one of the "ten lost tribes of Israel."

Konkle, Maureen. "Indian Literacy, U. S. Colonialism, and Literary Criticism." American Literature 69, No. 3 (September 1997): 457-86.

Analysis of Eulogy on King Philip in which Konkle compares the work to other texts of the time addressing colonialism in the United States.

O'Connell, Barry, ed. "Introduction." In On Our Own Ground: The Complete Writings Of William Apess, A Pequot, pp. xiii-lxxii. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1992.

Offers a comprehensive overview of Apess's life, political concerns, and significance as a literary and historical figure, as well as a sense of the political and literary context in which he wrote.

Sayre, Gordon. "Defying Assimilation, Confounding Authenticity: The Case of William Apess." A-B: AutoBiography-Studies 11, No. 1 (Spring 1996): 1-18.

Examines Apess's struggle to preserve his identity despite white cultural assimilation.

Additional coverage of Apess's life and career is contained in the following sources published by Gale Research: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 175; DISCovering Authors: Multicultural Module; and Native North American Literature.