Cartographies of Desire: Captivity, Race, and Sex in the by Rebecca Blevins Faery

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Revision of thesis (doctoral)University of Iowa.  ) and index.  National characteristics, American, in literature.  Race in literature.  Title. 9'35297dc21 98-54760 CIP ISBN 0-8061-3149-7 (cloth) ISBN 0-8061-3150-0 (paper) Text Design by Gail Carter The paper in this book meets the guidelines for permanence and durability of the Committee on Production Guidelines for Book Longevity of the Council on Library Resources, Inc. Copyright © 1999 by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Publishing Division of the University.

S. history. Kay Schaffer, writing about a nineteenth-century Australian captivity story, describes it as a "liminal narrative . . arising from first contact between Europeans and the indigenous people": "These liminal stories of first contact . . could be said to have several important, although discontinuous, effects. Through [written documents], oral histories, and local legends they incite the popular imagination and provide initial constructions of racial, class, and gender differences in and for the colony.

On Saturday nights we all go to the picture show, even my mother; Westerns are her favorite kind of movie. Back home, "on the ranch," we pretend we are Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy, Lash LaRue (we've even named one of our dogs Lash LaRue); we chase each other for hours rustling cattle, being outlaws, delivering damsels from distress. Then my parents decide to buy my brothers guns. These are not "real" guns. They shoot "BBs," copper pellets my brothers say will kill birds. Because I am a girl, I do not get a gun.

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