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Captivity narratives


  • First-person accounts of European settlers who were kidnapped by American Indians during the colonial period.

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    • Captivity narratives
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    • Indian captivity narratives
    • Narratives, Captivity
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    • found: Reitz, J.M ODLIS : online dictionary for library and information science, July 26, 2014(captivity narrative: An account of the experiences of a person captured and held against his or her will, usually by an enemy or by members of a society or culture foreign to the captive. Accounts by men and women of European descent, captured by Native Americans, were popular in the United States and Europe from the colonial period until the close of the frontier in the late 19th century. Narratives based on journals written in captivity are generally less fictionalized than accounts written from memory after the event.)
    • found: Genre terms : a thesaurus for use in rare book and special collections cataloging, via WWW, July 26 2014(Captivity narratives. UF Indian captivity narratives. BT Narratives)
    • found: The Oxford companion to English literature, via Oxford reference online, Dec. 14, 2012(Captivity narrative: account of kidnapping by Indians of white persons, usually women, taken by long journeys into the wilderness; the tale of Mary Rowlandson (1682) the earliest example; the genre passed into fiction with Ann Bleecker's The history of Maria Kittle (1797); later narratives were like melodramatic penny dreadfuls, as in R.B. Stratton's The captivity of the Oatman girls (1857) dealing with Far Western Indians)
    • found: The Oxford companion to Australian history, via Oxford reference online, Dec. 14, 2012(Captivity narratives: refers to accounts of Europeans detained by, or residing with, non-European peoples. By the eighteenth century, the captivity (and survival) genre was commonly associated with the kidnapping of white settlers by indigenous peoples as a tactic of warfare in North America. In the nineteenth century, increasingly romantic and formulaic texts of actual and fictional white captivity in various colonial locales were widely published throughout the English-speaking world, including the Australian colonies)
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    • First-person accounts of European settlers who were kidnapped by American Indians during the colonial period.
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-08: revised
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