Romantic Indians: Native Americans, British Literature, and Transatlantic Culture 1756-1830

Hardcover | January 26, 2006

byTim Fulford

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Romantic Indians considers the views that Britons, colonists, and North American Indians took of each other during a period in which these people were in a closer and more fateful relationship than ever before or since. It is, therefore, also a book about exploration, empire, and the forms ofrepresentation that exploration and empire gave rise to-in particular the form we have come to call Romanticism, in which 'Indians' appear everywhere. It is not too much to say that Romanticism would not have taken the form it did without the complex and ambiguous image of Indians that so intriguedboth the writers and their readers. Most of the poets of the Romantic canon wrote about them-not least Southey, Wordsworth, and Coleridge; so did many whom we have only recently brought back to attention-including Bowles, Hemans, and Barbauld. Yet Indians' formative role in the aesthetics andpolitics of Romanticism has rarely been considered. Tim Fulford aims to bring that formative role to our attention, to show that the images of native peoples that Romantic writers received from colonial administrators, politicians, explorers, and soldiers helped shape not only these writers'idealizations of 'savages' and tribal life, but also their depictions of nature, religion, and rural society. The romanticization of Indians soon affected the way that real native peoples were treated and described by generations of travellers who had already, before reaching the Canadian forest or the mid-western plains, encountered the literary Indians produced back in Britain. Moreover, in some casesNative Americans, writing in English, turned the romanticization of Indians to their own ends. This book highlights their achievement in doing so-featuring fascinating discussions of several little-known but brilliant Native American writers.

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Romantic Indians considers the views that Britons, colonists, and North American Indians took of each other during a period in which these people were in a closer and more fateful relationship than ever before or since. It is, therefore, also a book about exploration, empire, and the forms ofrepresentation that exploration and empire g...

Tim Fulford is a Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University. His research interests include the culture and literature of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the gistory of science and colonialism.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.97 inPublished:January 26, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199273375

ISBN - 13:9780199273379

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Section I: Factual Writing1. Romantic Indians and their Inventors2. Historians and Philosophes3. War Stories and Tales from the Frontier4. Traveller's Tales and Traders' Memoirs5. Indian Bones and What White Men Saw in ThemSection II: British Fiction6. Indians and the Politics of Romance7. Native Patriarchs - Pantisocracy and the Americanization of Wales8. The Indian Song9. Shamans and Superstitions: 'The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere'10. White Men and Indian Women11. Political Indians12. The Mission to Civilize and the Colonial RomanceSection III: Indian and Hybrid Writing13. John Norton/Teyoninhokarawen14. A Son of the Forest: William Apess15. Captive, Campaigner, Conman: John Hunter16. Kah-Ke-Wa-Quo-Na-By/Peter Jones17. John Tanner/Shaw-shaw-wa-be-nase18. Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh/George Kopway