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CAPTIVITY NARRATIVES AND COLONIAL ANXIETIES IN NORTH AMERICA

CAPTIVITY NARRATIVES AND COLONIAL ANXIETIES IN NORTH AMERICA

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Written from a western or European perspective, captivity narratives describe the capture, treatment, and rescue of British, French, and Spanish colonists at the hands of Native Americans. These texts illuminate not only how Europeans viewed “the other,” but how Westerners articulated fears and anxieties about race, physical danger, sexual vulnerability, and cultural self-doubt. This lecture examines the well-known Mary Rowlandson captivity (1676) as well as more contemporary narratives in literature and film.
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Willie Hiatt

Willie Hiatt, a Kentucky native, is an Associate Professor of History at Long Island University, Post Campus, and a former Society for the Humanities Fellow at Cornell University (2019-20). He’s the author of The Rarified Air of the Modern: Airplanes and Technological Modernity in the Andes (Oxford University Press, 2016). His current research is an oral history project examining how Peruvians experienced electrical blackouts after Maoist insurgents dynamited high-tension towers during the Shining Path movement (1980-92).

Lecture Details

Program

Sessions

1 lecture(s)
Day & Time

Thursday, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Date(s)

May 09, 2024