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Moving encounters : sympathy and the Indian question in Antebellum literature, Laura L. Mielke

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Moving encounters : sympathy and the Indian question in Antebellum literature
Title
Moving encounters
Title remainder
sympathy and the Indian question in Antebellum literature
Statement of responsibility
Laura L. Mielke
Title variation
Sympathy and the Indian question in Antebellum literature
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • An old Indian woman comforts two young white children she finds lost in the woods and lovingly carries them back to their eager parents. A frontiersman sheds tears over the grave of a Mohican youth, holding hands with the mourning father
  • According to Laura L. Mielke, such emotionally charged scenes between whites and Indians paradoxically flourished in American literature from 1820 to 1850, a time when the United States government developed and applied a policy of Indian removal. Although these "moving encounters," as Mielke terms them, often promoted the possibility of mutual sympathy between Native Americans and Euro-Americans, they also suggested that these emotional links were inherently unstable, potentially dangerous, and ultimately doomed. At the same time, the emphasis on Indian-white sympathy provided an opportunity for Indians and non-Native activists to voice an alternative to removal and acculturation, turning the language of a sentimental U.S. culture against its own imperial impulse
  • Mielke details not only how such writers as James Fenimore Cooper and Henry Rowe Schoolcraft forecast the inevitable demise of Indian-white sympathy, but also how authors like Lydia Maria Child and William Apess insisted that a language of feeling could be used to create shared community or defend American Indian sovereignty. In this way, Moving Encounters sheds new light on a wide range of texts concerning the "Indian Question" by emphasizing their engagement with popular sentimental forms and by challenging the commonly held belief that all Euro-American expressions of sympathy for American Indians in this period were fundamentally insincere. While portraits of Indian-white sympathy often prompted cynical rejoinders from parodists, many never lost faith in the power of emotion to overcome the greed and prejudice fueling the dispossession of American Indians
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Mielke, Laura L
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS217.I49
LC item number
M54 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Native Americans of the Northeast: culture, history, and the contemporary
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  • American literature
  • Indians in literature
  • Sympathy in literature
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Moving encounters : sympathy and the Indian question in Antebellum literature, Laura L. Mielke
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-243) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • 3.
  • "Be man!": Emasculating Sympathy and the Southern Patriarchal Response in the Fiction of William Gilmore Simms
  • p. 51.
  • 4.
  • Containing Native Feeling: Sentiment in the Autobiographies of William Apess, Mary Jemison, and Black Hawk
  • p. 70.
  • 5. The
  • Book, the Poet, the Indian: Transcendental Intermediaries in Margaret Fuller's Summer on the Lakes and Henry David Thoreau's The Maine Woods
  • p. 93.
  • 6.
  • Introduction: The Moving Encounter in Antebellum Literature
  • "Sorrows in excess!": The Limits of Sympathy in the Ethnography of George Catlin, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, and Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
  • p. 115.
  • 7.
  • Restoring the Noahic Family: The Three Races of America in Mary Eastman's Aunt Phillis's Cabin and Mary Howard Schoolcraft's The Black Gauntlet
  • p. 151.
  • 8.
  • Staging Encounters and Reclaiming Sympathy through Indian Melodramas and Parodies, 1821-1855
  • p. 170.
  • Conclusion: Moving beyond Sentiment or Cynicism
  • p. 193
  • p. 1.
  • 1. The
  • Evolution of Moving Encounters in Lydia Maria Child's American Indian Writings, 1824-1870
  • p. 15.
  • 2.
  • Doomed Sympathy and The Prairie: Rereading Natty Bumppo as a Sentimental Intermediary
  • p. 36.
Control code
138341108
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 255 pages
Isbn
9781558496316
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2007022045
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)138341108
Label
Moving encounters : sympathy and the Indian question in Antebellum literature, Laura L. Mielke
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-243) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3.
  • "Be man!": Emasculating Sympathy and the Southern Patriarchal Response in the Fiction of William Gilmore Simms
  • p. 51.
  • 4.
  • Containing Native Feeling: Sentiment in the Autobiographies of William Apess, Mary Jemison, and Black Hawk
  • p. 70.
  • 5. The
  • Book, the Poet, the Indian: Transcendental Intermediaries in Margaret Fuller's Summer on the Lakes and Henry David Thoreau's The Maine Woods
  • p. 93.
  • 6.
  • Introduction: The Moving Encounter in Antebellum Literature
  • "Sorrows in excess!": The Limits of Sympathy in the Ethnography of George Catlin, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft, and Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
  • p. 115.
  • 7.
  • Restoring the Noahic Family: The Three Races of America in Mary Eastman's Aunt Phillis's Cabin and Mary Howard Schoolcraft's The Black Gauntlet
  • p. 151.
  • 8.
  • Staging Encounters and Reclaiming Sympathy through Indian Melodramas and Parodies, 1821-1855
  • p. 170.
  • Conclusion: Moving beyond Sentiment or Cynicism
  • p. 193
  • p. 1.
  • 1. The
  • Evolution of Moving Encounters in Lydia Maria Child's American Indian Writings, 1824-1870
  • p. 15.
  • 2.
  • Doomed Sympathy and The Prairie: Rereading Natty Bumppo as a Sentimental Intermediary
  • p. 36.
Control code
138341108
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 255 pages
Isbn
9781558496316
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2007022045
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)138341108

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