The Emergence of the American Frontier Hero 1682-1826: Gender, Action, and Emotion

Hardcover | November 15, 2009

byDenise Mary MacNeil

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This book defines the previously unaddressed, early evolution of the American frontier hero in literature and popular culture. Denise MacNeil resituates the literary origins of this hero from the nineteenth century to the seventeenth century by tracing its roots to Mary Rowlandson’s narration of her experiences as a prisoner. This study follows the subsequent evolution through works by Unca Eliza Winkfield, Charles Brockden Brown, James Fenimore Cooper, and the film-maker John Ford and actor John Wayne. This book exposes complex gender and racial roots and clarifies a cultural stereotype that has become one of those most highly coded as white and masculine within American literature and culture.

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This book defines the previously unaddressed, early evolution of the American frontier hero in literature and popular culture. Denise MacNeil resituates the literary origins of this hero from the nineteenth century to the seventeenth century by tracing its roots to Mary Rowlandson’s narration of her experiences as a prisoner. This stud...

Denise MacNeil is an Associate Professor at the University of Redlands. Her current research focuses on early American literature, examining ways in which literary interactions of gender, class, race, ethnicity, and economics reflect and influence popular culture.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.33 × 5.68 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230621503

ISBN - 13:9780230621503

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Table of Contents

The American Frontier Hero in Mary Rowlandson’s Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration * Mythological Roots of the American Frontier Hero * Mary Rowlandson, Puritan Hero * Mothering the Adamic Hero * Transcending Gendered English American Social Positions: Gender and Racial Multiplicity in The Female American; or, the Adventures of Unca Eliza Winkfield * Dancing between Ferocity and Delicacy in Edgar Huntly; or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker by Charles Brockden Brown  * Reconstituting the American Frontier Hero through James Fenimore * Mary Rowlandson in Jeans: The John Ford/John Wayne Film The Searchers and the Mary Rowlandson Heroic Archetype  

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“MacNeil’s The Emergence of the American Frontier Hero 1682-1826 draws creatively on myth, imagery, and symbol in a comprehensive portrait of the frontier as a complex borderland. With innovative readings of literary, historical, and cinematic figures, MacNeil’s sweeping study offers intriguing, new approaches to the field of American Studies.”—Susan Imbarrato, author of Traveling Women: Narrative Visions of Early America