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Spring 2018
May 15, 2021
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ENAM 0240 - Captivity Narratives
*Captivity Narratives (II) (Pre-1900 AL)* Captivity narratives—first-person accounts of people's experiences of being forcibly taken and held against their will by an "other"—were immensely popular and important in early America; the captivity motif has been perpetuated and transformed throughout later American literature and film. In this course we will explore what these types of tales reveal about how Americans have handled the issues of race and racism, religion, gender, violence and sexuality that experiences of captivity entail. Beginning with classic Puritan narratives (Mary Rowlandson) and moving forward through the 19th and 20th centuries, we will consider the ways that novels (/The Last of the Mohicans/), autobiographies (Patty Hearst, Iraqi captivity of Pvt. Jessica Lynch) and films (/The Searchers/, /Little Big Man/, /Dances with Wolves/) do cultural work in shaping and challenging images of American national identity. 3 hrs. lect. (Diversity)
0.000 OR 1.000 Credit hours
0.000 OR 1.000 Lecture hours
0.000 TO 2.000 Other hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Discussion, Lecture, Screening

Literature Division
English & American Literatures Department

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