Regeneration Through Violence: The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600-1860

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University of Oklahoma Press, 1973 - Literary Criticism - 670 pages
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In Regeneration Through Violence, the first of his trilogy on the mythology of the American West, Richard Slotkin shows how the attitudes and traditions that shape American culture evolved from the social and psychological anxieties of European settlers struggling in a strange new world to claim the land and displace the Native Americans. Using the popular literature of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries-including captivity narratives, the Daniel Boone tales, and the writings of Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Melville-Slotkin traces the full development of this myth.

  

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

I'm sorry that this book seems very poorly represented in the collections of Librarythingers. Richard Slotkin came to understand a basic foundation of the American Myth. Americans seem to have divided ... Read full review

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Slotkin is a really careful historian and does a fantastic job presenting and interpreting patterns in the primary sources. My favorite chapter was his presentation of how captivity narratives evolved ... Read full review

Contents

Myth and Literature in a New World
3
European vs American
25
The Origin of
57
The Archetype of the Captivity
94
Captivity Mythology
116
Initiation
146
The Search for a Hero and the Problem of
180
The Evolution of Literary
223
The Emergence of a Hero 1784
268
Farmer to Hunter
313
The Frontier Myth
369
The Boone Myth
394
The Leatherstocking Myth
466
xrv A Pyramid of Skulls
517
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Richar Slotkin is the Olin Professor of American Studies at Wesleyan University. He is the author of Gunfighter Nation and Regeneration Through Violence, both National Book Award Finalists, and The Crater.

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