Female American Or, the Adventures of Unca Eliza Winkfield

ISBN-10: 1554810965
ISBN-13: 9781554810963
Edition: 2nd 2014
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Description: When it first appeared in 1767, The Female American was called a "sort of second Robinson Crusoe; full of wonders." Indeed, The Female American is an adventure novel about an English protagonist shipwrecked on a deserted isle, where survival  More...

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List price: $18.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 9/10/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

When it first appeared in 1767, The Female American was called a "sort of second Robinson Crusoe; full of wonders." Indeed, The Female American is an adventure novel about an English protagonist shipwrecked on a deserted isle, where survival requires both individual ingenuity and careful negotiations with visiting local Indians. But what most distinguishes Winkfield's novel is her protagonist, a woman who is of mixed race. Though the era's popular novels typically featured women in the confining contexts of the home and the bourgeois marriage market, Winkfield's novel portrays an autonomous and mobile heroine living alone in the wilds of the New World, independently interacting with both Native Americans and visiting Europeans. Moreover, The Female American is one of the earliest novelistic efforts to articulate an American identity, and more specifically to investigate what that identity might promise for women.This second edition has been updated throughout and includes a greatly expanded selection of historical materials on castaway narratives and the cultural context of colonial America.

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