september, 2016

27sep2:30 pm3:30 pmImage, Text, Ideology:Introducing the 1773 Boston Edition of

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The University Libraries recently acquired an exceptional copy of the 1773 edition of Mary Rowlandson’s famous Indian captivity narrative, originally published as The Soveraignty and Goodness of God in 1682, which will be on display at the lecture. This influential and widely-read account of Indian captivity is considered by many scholars as America’s first bestseller. Dr. Stratton explains that the captivity narrative was often re-published in times of conflict between American colonists and the English Crown, and while some Native nations were fighting as allies with the British. As propaganda, the account of Rowlandson’s captivity created anxiety and hostility regarding Native Americans during times of crisis and conflict.  This lecture reveals the role of the 1773 Boston edition through the subtle and not-so-subtle play of images, written text, and ideology, within this broader historical and literary matrix.

Presented by:
Dr. Billy J. Stratton, Associate Professor, Department of English and author of
Buried in Shades of Night: Contested Voices, Indian Captivity, and the Legacy of King Philip’s War

Light refreshments will be served.


(Tuesday) 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm MST



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