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Throughout the nineteenth century, Native and non-Native women writers protested U.S. government actions that threatened indigenous people’s existence. The conventional genres they sometimes adopted—the sensationalistic captivity narrative, sentimental Indian lament poetry, didactic assimilation fiction, and the mass-circulated commercial magazine—typically had been used to reinforce the oppressive policies of removal, war, and allotment. But in Unconventional Politics Janet Dean explores how four authors, Sarah Wakefield, Lydia Huntley Sigourney, the Muscogee/Creek S. Alice Callahan, and the Cherokee Ora V. Eddleman, converted these frameworks to serve a politics of dissent. Intervening in current debates in feminist and Native American literary criticism, Dean shows how these women advocated for Native Americans by both politicizing conventional literature and employing literary skill to respond to national policy. Dean argues that in protesting U.S. Indian policy through popular genres, Wakefield, Sigourney, Callahan, and Eddleman also critiqued cultural protocols and stretched the contours of accepted modes of feminine discourse. Their acts of improvisation and reinvention tell a new story about the development of American women’s writing and political expression.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: Aesthetics, Politics, and Literary Convention
  2. pp. 1-29
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  1. 1. Nameless Outrages: The Dakota Conflict, Rape Rhetoric, and Sarah Wakefield’s “Captivity” Narrative
  2. pp. 30-66
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  1. 2. “She Wept Alone”: The Politics and Poetics of Lydia Sigourney’s Indian Laments
  2. pp. 67-112
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  1. 3. Reading Lessons: Sentimental Critique in S. Alice Callahan’s Wynema: A Child of the Forest
  2. pp. 113-151
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  1. 4. Talking Back: Ora Eddleman’s “Indian Magazine” and Native Publicity
  2. pp. 152-199
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  1. Epilogue: Toward a Theory of Feminist Indigenist Reinvention
  2. pp. 200-216
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-255
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  1. About the Author
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613764169
Print ISBN
9781625342027
MARC Record
OCLC
963638347
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2016-11-24
Language
English
Open Access
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