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Rhetorical Drag: Gender Impersonation, Captivity, and the Writing of History

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In this fresh examination of seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century American captivity narratives, author Lorrayne Carroll argues that male editors and composers impersonated the women presumed to be authors of these documents. This "gender impersonation" significantly shaped the authorial voice and complicated the use of these texts as examples of historical wr ...more
Published December 1st 2006 by Kent State University Press
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Emma Sea
I'm so proud of myself: I'm dnf'ing this book at p. 89.

I spent more money on it than I'm happy about, and I was so excited about the topic (see comments), but the writing is not structured well, and reading each page is like trying to tap dance through gooey goo.

Yes, an important contribution to the field. But no, not one I want to read for fun.
Jonna Higgins-Freese
A mildly interesting, heavily scholar-speak explication of the ways that male authors/editors appropriated female voice/identity/experience for their own rhetorical purposes. An important reminder that just because many captivity texts present themselves as having been written by women, we shouldn't uncritically presume that they authentically present womens' voices and views.
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