The Captors' Narrative: Catholic Women and Their Puritan Men on the Early American Frontier by William Henry FosterThe Captors' Narrative: Catholic Women and Their Puritan Men on the Early American Frontier by William Henry Foster

The Captors' Narrative: Catholic Women and Their Puritan Men on the Early American Frontier

byWilliam Henry Foster

Paperback | April 7, 2011

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Between 1690 and 1760, close to two thousand New Englanders were taken captive by French Canadians and their Native American allies during five intercolonial wars. Puritan propagandists reacted by evoking the vulnerability of New England's homes and Protestant faith with images of captive women in sexual peril, a titillating vision only amplified in popular Victorian and modern portrayals of female captives as stock literary figures. In The Captors' Narrative, William Henry Foster demonstrates that the majority of Anglo-American captives taken along the New England frontier were, in fact, men.

Free French Canadian women (both secular and monastic) routinely became the men's captors and benefited from their labor when they were brought to New France. In testimonials written by returning male captives, Foster finds fascinating instances of protest and resistance against the female authority that Protestant New England deemed "illegitimate." In the tales of Catholic women captors, Foster uncovers evidence that the control of male captive domestic labor expanded the public roles of the women in charge. The author painstakingly reconstructs the lived experience of both captors and captives to show that captivity was always intertwined with gender struggles. The Captors' Narrative provides a novel perspective on the struggles over female authority pervasive in the early modern Atlantic world.

Title:The Captors' Narrative: Catholic Women and Their Puritan Men on the Early American FrontierFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.27 inPublished:April 7, 2011Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801477123

ISBN - 13:9780801477126

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Narratives of Captor and Captive
1. The Farm: Lives of the Congregation Notre-Dame
2. The Frontier: Girls' Own Errand into the Wilderness
3. The Hospital: Paradoxes of the Grey Sisters
4. The Seigneury: Obscuring Marguerite and Louise Guyon
5. The Household: Captive and Canadienne
Afterword

Notes
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Foster's fascinating book turns gender roles upside down in early modern North America. It is a remarkable account of the women captors in New France who exerted control over male captives from New England and the stunned response of those men whose masculinity was so surprisingly violated."—Elaine Forman Crane, author of Killed Strangely: The Death of Rebecca Cornell