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In Regeneration Through Violence, the first of his trilogy on the mythology of the American West, Richard Slotkin shows how the attitudes and traditions that shape American culture evolved from the social and psychological anxieties of European settlers struggling in a strange new world to claim the land and displace the Native Americans. Using the popular literature of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries-including captivity narratives, the Daniel Boone tales, and the writings of Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Melville-Slotkin traces the full development of this myth.
Review: On the basis of his sweeping 1975 survey of American Colonial and early Republican literature, Regeneration Through Violence: The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600-1860, Richard Slotkin has approached the pop guru status of archetypal excavators such as Joseph Campbell, despite the fact that his work emphasizes the dark undercurrents of American culture. His argument in Regeneration is that, as the British colonists established their own societies in the wilderness, they expressed their regional desires for territorial expansion and self-rule by reinventing their history. Their narratives, according to Slotkin, revolved around frontiersmen who internalized, then disciplined, the "savagery" of their new environments, using their newfound mastery of nature to transform the wilderness into a revitalized civilization. Slotkin begins by examining how narratives of King Philip's War transformed New England from a demon-haunted Puritan enclave to a region where Indian killing represented progress and prosperity. Daniel Boone's paradoxical backwoods mixture of aggression and reflection serves as an icon for the rest of Regeneration, which emphasizes sectional variations of the Indian hunter myth, while analyzing the more "serious" literary endeavors of Cooper, Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Melville.
Regeneration reads at times like a noir-ish variation on Frederick Jackson Turner's influential The Frontier in American History, a vision in which genocide, white supremacy, and environmental exploitation are the real engines driving the nation's expansion. At a time when even the bloodiest of war films extols family values in the midst of combat, Slotkin's grim tour of the United States' collective cultural history demands a wide audience. --John M. Anderson END
Buchbeschreibung Wesleyan, 1973. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. 0819560340 Paperback, minor shelf wear including some scuffing to the back cover, slight discoloration to spine, pages are clean, binding is tight, very nice copy!. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 255296
Buchbeschreibung Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, 1974. Paperback. Buchzustand: Good. Sunning and minor edgewear and rubbing to covers and spine. Stamp in red ink with the words 'Final Sale' on lower edge of textblock. Interior is clean, and binding, although very slightly curled, is intact and straight. Buchnummer des Verkäufers PASTPAGE090998I
Buchbeschreibung Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT, 1973. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. viii, 670 pages; 23 cm. Firm binding, clean inside copy. Light shelfwear to wraps, age toning. CONTENTS: Myth and literature in the New World; Cannibals and Christians: European vs. American Indian culture; Home in the heart of darkness: the origin of the Indian War narratives (1625-1682); Israel in Babylon: the archetype of the captivity narratives (1682-1700); A palisade of language: captivity mythology and the social crisis (1688-1693); The hunting of the beast: initiation or exorcism? (1675-1725); The search for a hero and the problem of the "natural man" (1700-1765); A gallery of types: the evolution of literary genres and the image of the American (1755-1785); Narrative into myth: the emergence of a hero (1784); Evolution of the national hero: farmer to hunter to Indian (1784-1855); Society and solitude: the frontier myth in romantic literature (1795-1825); The fragmented image: the Boone myth and sectional cultures (1820-1850); Man without a cross: the Leatherstocking myth (1823-1841); A pyramid of skulls. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 080213
Buchbeschreibung Wesleyan University Press, Middleton, CT, 1973. Paperback. Buchzustand: Acceptable. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Pp: viii + 670. Titles: frt. & sp. Wrps. soiled. Penned and penciled marginalia througout. Penned & penciled notes, r.e.p. Considerable handling wear. Interior leaves sl. soiled and tight. Analysis of the culture of the American Frontier based on its period literature. Includes notes, selected bibliography & index. A major study of the genre of frontier literature and its historical meaning. A good reading copy. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 007874
Buchbeschreibung Wesleyan, 1973. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. Matte covers, solid binding. Minimal wear. Name inked out on first fly. Clean unmarked pages. ; 9 X 6 X 1.50 inches; 680 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 12991
Buchbeschreibung Wesleyan Univ Pr, Middletown, Connecticut, U.S.A., 1975. Soft Cover. Buchzustand: Good. No Jacket. Wrappers browned, lower 1" of spine worn. 8vo - otver 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 610206
Buchbeschreibung Wesleyan University Press, 1973. Buchzustand: Good. Paperback, tan on cover, bend on corner of cover, in good condition, 670pp. Buchnummer des Verkäufers a31929
Buchbeschreibung Wesleyan University Press,, CT, 1974. Soft Cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. index, 670p a fascinating study. Book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 012461
Buchbeschreibung Wesleyan. PAPERBACK. Buchzustand: New. 0819560340 NEW BOOK - May have light shelf-wear; Gentle aging. Buchnummer des Verkäufers Z0819560340ZN
Buchbeschreibung wesleyan university press 1973, 1973. the mythology of the american frontier,1600-1860 Gewicht in Gramm: 550 buch etwas gewellt,äußere gebrauchsspuren,innen sauber. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 13254