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ENAM0240

Captivity Narratives

Captivity Narratives
Captivity narratives—first-person accounts of people's experiences of being forcibly taken and held against their will by an "other"—were immensely popular and important in early America; the captivity motif has been perpetuated and transformed throughout later American literature and film. In this course we will explore what these types of tales reveal about how Americans have handled the issues of race and racism, religion, gender, violence and sexuality that experiences of captivity entail. Beginning with classic Puritan narratives (Mary Rowlandson) and moving forward through the 19th and 20th centuries, we will consider the ways that novels (The Last of the Mohicans), autobiographies (Patty Hearst, Iraqi captivity of Pvt. Jessica Lynch) and films (The Searchers, Little Big Man, Dances with Wolves) do cultural work in shaping and challenging images of American national identity. 3 hrs. lect.
Subject:
English & American Literatures
Department:
English & American Literatures
Division:
Literature
Requirements Fulfilled:
ART LIT NOR
Equivalent Courses:
AMST0240 *

Sections

Spring 2015

ENAM0240A-S15 Lecture (Evans)

Spring 2014

ENAM0240A-S14 Lecture (Evans)

Fall 2007

ENAM0240A-F07 Lecture (Mitchell)

Fall 2006

ENAM0240A-F06 Lecture (Mitchell)