17th Century Puritan Readership and the Legitimacy of Mary Rowlandson's Captivity Narrative

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GRIN Verlag, 2007 - 56 pages
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Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Munster (Anglistik), 24 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The following paper focuses on topics which will deal with questions such as: how could a woman in 17th century Puritan society publish her own story and what was Rowlandson's position in the community like before and after her captivity? Also, Rowlandson's narrative will be placed in a wider context of the Captivity Narrative as a literary genre in the 17th century since the notion of readership, or reading communities, and the reception of the various editions of Rowlandson's narrative plays quite an important role in dealing with the narrative as a piece of literature.

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Page 9 - For if she had attended her household affairs, and such things as belong to women, and not gone out of her way and calling to meddle in such things as are proper for men, whose minds are stronger, etc., she had kept her wits, and might have improved them usefully and honorably in the place God had set her.
Page 19 - I can remember the time when I used to sleep quietly without workings in my thoughts, whole nights together, but now it is other ways with me. When all are fast about me, and no eye open, but his who ever waketh, my thoughts are upon things past...
Page 8 - Mr. Hopkins, the governor of Hartford upon Connecticut, came to Boston, and brought his wife with him, (a godly young woman, and of special parts,) who was fallen into a sad infirmity, the loss of her understanding and reason, which had been growing upon her divers years, by occasion of her giving herself wholly to reading and writing, and had written many books.
Page 19 - His who ever waketh, my thoughts are upon things past, upon the awful dispensation of the Lord towards us, upon His wonderful power and might in carrying of us through so many difficulties in returning us in safety and suffering none to hurt us. I remember in the night season how the other day I was in the midst of thousands of enemies and nothing but death before me. It [was] then hard work to persuade myself that ever I should be satisfied with bread again. But now we are fed with the finest of...
Page 18 - The next day was the sabbath: I then remembered how careless I had been of God's holy time: how many sabbaths I had lost and...
Page 19 - I have something at hand to check my self with, and say, why am I troubled? It was but the other day that if I had had the world, I would have given it for my freedom, or to have been a Servant to a Christian.
Page 2 - All was gone, my husband gone (at least separated from me, he being in the Bay; and to add to my grief, the Indians told me they would kill him as he came homeward), my children gone, my relations and friends gone, our house and home, and all our comforts within door and without, all was gone (except my life), and I knew not but the next moment that might go too.
Page 14 - Mary, who was at this same Indian town, at a wigwam not very far off, though we had little liberty or opportunity to see one another. She was about ten years old...
Page 4 - But now our perverse and evil carriages in the sight of the Lord, have so offended Him, that instead of turning His hand against them, the Lord feeds and nourishes them up to be a scourge to the whole land. 5. Another thing that I would observe is, the strange providence of God, in turning things about when the Indians were at the highest, and the English at the lowest.
Page 14 - I knew not whither. It is not my tongue, or pen can express the sorrows of my heart, and bitterness of my spirit, that I had at this departure: but God was with me, in a wonderful manner, carrying me along, and bearing up my spirit, that it did not quite fail.

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