Savagism and Civilization
A Study of the Indian and the American Mind
Publication Year: 1988
Published by: University of California Press
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...a renewed interest in cultural criticism attentive to discursive andideological issues. Indeed, it is probably not too much to say thatPearce's book has played some real part in keeping the possibility ofAmerica: A Study of the Indian and the Idea of Civilization), therewas very little literary interest in broad, historical studies of ideology...
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...lized men, of course, believed in themselves; they could survive,before the 1850's that belief was most often denned negatively—was to be civilized and what it took to build a civilization. Study-ing the savage, trying to civilize him, destroying him, in the endthey had only studied themselves, strengthened their own civiliza-...
PART 1: Antecedents and Origins, 1609–1777
I: Spirituals and Temporals: The Indian in Colonial Civilization
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...all, of the existence of an eternal and immutable principle whichguaranteed the intelligibility of their relations to each other andto their world and thus made possible their life in society. It wasa principle to be expressed in the progress and elevation of civilizedby an Indian problem at once practical and theoretical. Practically,...
PART 2: The Life and Death of the American Savage, 1777–1851
II: A Melancholy Fact: The Indian in American Life
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...what they were—settled, steady, civilized. Yet somehow he wouldSo they concluded that they were destined to try to civilize himthe long run, the price of the progress of civilization over savagism.Fighting a Revolution, barely able to handle the British, Ameri-cans hoped to neutralize the Indian's power and to settle with him...
III: Character and Circumstance: The Idea of Savagism
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...was called. As all ideas should be, this one was for its time true.That is to say, it consisted of a set of interrelated propositionswhich held together and made logical sense of all that was knownand felt about the Indian, and it made for understanding, belief,first filled out, then modified, and finally broken through. By the...
IV: The Zero of Human Society: The Idea of the Savage
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...been observed. Facts were collected first-hand, recorded, analysed,see, in a century-long perspective, how the facts belie those con-us to see primitive cultures as at once historically anterior andmorally inferior to ours. Indeed, we feel committed to avoid suchhistoricizing and moralizing, and rigorously to separate anthro-...
V: An Impassable Gulf: The Social and Historical Image
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...ana civilized life, a great deal of his thinking about himself wasbased on explicit comparison of the two. For the American beforeate the special society in which he lived and to know its past andthe Indian who, as a savage, had all past and no future. The finalhad inherited a notion, faint but clear, that the simpler life of the...
VI: The Virtues of Nature: The Image in Drama and Poetry
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New-rich in their discovery of the possibility of a national culture,they were certain that they could find the Indian's place in theliterature into which that culture was to flower.1 He was part oftheir past, they knew; and in his nature and his fate lay a clue tothe meaning of their future. Yet if they would treat him imagina-...
VII: Red Gifts and White: The Image in Fiction
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...and the poet's, why novelists and writers of tales did not generallycaptivity narrative the convention of the bloodily ignoble savage.Perhaps the nineteenth-century storyteller's professional involve-poet's in problems of sensibility and the captivity narrator's innot to demand strict observation of literary or propagandistic con-...
PART 3: Afterthoughts, 1851–
VIII: After a Century of Dishonor: The Idea of Civilization
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I they had consigned the Indian, itself needed the creative handof civilization. The notion of Removal, of pushing the Indian tohis newly acquired lands had to be taken over; and still he had tobe brought to civilization, or die. What eventually resulted wasgathered together on specific pieces of land assigned to specific...
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Spears gradually to have found its proper readership. Rejected inits beginning by two university presses, it was subsequently acceptedfor publication by the Johns Hopkins University Press on the condi-tion that its title be changed ("savagism" no longer being a word incurrency) and that I underwrite half its production costs. 1 changed...
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Page Count: 272
Publication Year: 1988