Bound and Determined: Captivity, Culture-Crossing, and White Womanhood from Mary Rowlandson to Patty Hearst

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 254 pages
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In Bound and Determined, Christopher Castiglia gives shape for the first time to a tradition of American women's captivity narrative that ranges across three centuries, from Puritan colonist Mary Rowlandson's abduction by Narragansett Indians to Patty Hearst's kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Examining more than sixty accounts by women captives, as well as novels ranging from Susanna Rowson's eighteenth-century classic Rueben and Rachel to today's mass-market romances, Castiglia investigates paradoxes central to the genre. In captivity, women often find freedom from stereotypical roles as helpless, dependent, sexually vulnerable, and xenophobic. In their condemnations of their non-white captors, they defy assumptions about race that undergird their own societies. Castiglia questions critical conceptions of captivity stories as primarily an appeal to racism and misogyny, and instead finds in them an appeal of a much different nature: as all-too-rare stories of imaginative challenges to rigid gender roles and racial ideologies.

Whether the women of these stories resist or escape captivity, endure until they are released, or eventually choose to live among their captors, they end up with the power to be critical of both cultures. Castiglia shows that these compelling narratives, with their boundary crossings and persistent explorations of cultural divisions and differences, have significant implications for current critical investigations into the construction of gender, race, and nation.
 

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By exploring more than 60 narratives, 18th- and 19th-century novels, and Patty Hearst's abduction account, Castiglia (English, Bryn Mawr Coll.) asserts that the captivity narrative actually debunks ... Read full review

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page 107.... torture of three girls.... mrs. mary smith....the indians filled them with over 600 sharpened splinters with every insertion scremas and begging...all these standing erect splinters were set on fire...

Contents

Captivity Is Consciousness Captivity CultureCrossing and the Revision of Identity
1
A More Interesting Adventure Critics Captives and Narrative Dissent
16
Her Tortures Were Turned into Frolick Captivity and Liminal Critique 16821862
41
That Was Not My Idea of Independence The Captivity of Patty Hearst
87
The Wilderness of Fiction From Captivity Narrative to Captivity Romance
106
Captives in History Susanna Rowsons Reuben and Rachel
137
A Hostage in the House Domestic Captivity and Catharine Sedgwicks Hope Leslie
159
Contemporary Captives
180
Notes
195
References
219
Index
231
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