The savage and modern self : North American Indians in eighteenth-century British literature and culture / Robbie Richardson.

Richardson, Robbie [Browse]
  • Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2018]
  • ©2018
x, 247 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


Summary note
"The Savage and Modern Self examines the representations of North American "Indians" in novels, poetry, plays, and material culture from eighteenth-century Britain. Author Robbie Richardson argues that depictions of "Indians" in British literature were used to critique and articulate evolving ideas about consumerism, colonialism, "Britishness," and, ultimately, the "modern self" over the course of the century. Considering the ways in which British writers represented contact between Britons and "Indians," both at home and abroad, the author shows how these sites of contact moved from a self-affirmation of British authority earlier in the century, to a mutual corruption, to a desire to appropriate perceived traits of "Indianess." Looking at texts exclusively produced in Britain, The Savage and Modern Self reveals that "the modern" finds definition through imagined scenes of cultural contact. By the end of the century, Richardson concludes, the hybrid Indian-Briton emerging in literature and visual culture exemplifies a form of modern, British masculinity."--Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-238) and index.
  • 148750344X
  • 9781487503444
Statement on language in description
Princeton University Library aims to describe library materials in a manner that is respectful to the individuals and communities who create, use, and are represented in the collections we manage. Read more...
Other views
Staff view