Removals: Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Politics of Indian Affairs

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Oxford University Press, Oct 24, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 216 pages
This book resituates some familiar nineteenth-century texts within the context of public debates about the place of American Indians in the civil and cultural institutions of the new American nation. Rereading texts by Melville, Hawthorne, Child, Sedgwick, Thoreau, Fuller, and Parkman, Maddox demonstrates the pervasiveness of the anxieties produced by discussion of "the Indian question" and shows how extensively they influenced the production and reception of writing in the first half of the century.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 Civilization or Extinction?
15
Melville
51
Hawthorne Child and Sedgwick
89
Fuller Thoreau and Parkman
131
Conclusion
169
Notes
179
Index
199
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Lucy Maddox is the editor of American Quarterly and professor of English at Georgetown University.

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