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Some elements of interest but not for the casual reader. A desert island story but with no island survival neccessary. Some less racism and sexism than you might expect from the era.Its version of Native Americans seems more south american than north. Despite being native american and an excellent shot with a bow the female lead isn't shown as having any more survival skills than other women of the period and most of the story is just religious preaching. While there is some interesting stuff i
Yes this was for school. Bite me. [Message to my future self]Not bad considering how touch-and-go the novel tradition was back then. It came across as so real that we were surprised to find out that it wasn't actually a travel narrative. Tons of interesting ideas of self-building, racial hybridity, what is American-ness etc etc etc etc. It's all in my Transatlantic notes.
This book is boring, like most of the books I have to read for my English class. Sorry to be so blunt, but that's the truth. The only person I can imagine who would actually be excited about this type of book would be my English professor (who is awesome by the way) and her likes. A work of early American literature published in the 18th century, "The Female American" was written by an author with the pen-name of "Unca Eliza Winkfield (who is also the narrator). Unca is a biracial (half native a...
Interesting twist on the standard great-white-male-explorer as ship-wreck victim plot of narrative fiction. While the book (circa 1790 publication) is not a work of literary prowess in a 'canonical' sense, it offers a respite to works like Robinson Crusoe where the protagonist is male.I think kids would find it interesting.
Read this one for my American Novel class. I was thinking it was going to be quite different but it wasn't all that bad. Female main character, which is rare in the 1800's, made the entire book definitely more entertaining. Clever women in an age that could barely respect women as humans.
This book was profound for its time in the 18th century as it had a female protagonist with agency traveling and being able to preach. But reading it from a 21st century viewpoint I can't get over how problematic I'm viewing the contents. I've tried a few times to go back and reread it but the actions that the protagonist takes just irk me and I end up getting frustrated with her. It's probably a good sign that I have such strong emotions towards it instead of being indifferent but it's a book t...
I liked the style of writing of this but I HATE! IMPERIALISTS! This was 100% total colonial bullshit. The narrator, a half white/half Native American woman discovers native people who speak the language of her Native American mother and what does she do? Pretends to be their sun god and tells them he’s not real and tries to convert them to Christianity!!!! Fuck that ish!!!!!
Read for school. It’s a really odd book about a half Native American and half English woman who ends up stranded on an island and somehow manages to covert the native population of the island to Christianity. Wouldn’t read if I wasn’t forced to read it for school
A sort of female Robinson Crusoe. Quite interesting and entertaining.
A beautiful and sardonic autoethnographic text filled with lots of allusions and plot twists. Definitely worth the read.
this shit was boring as fuuuuuuuuuck
I read this for an English course of mine, and this book is very interesting in juxtaposition with the novel of Robinson Crusoe...except this one is much shorter and more interesting.
Robinsonette WinActually, this was really kinda good. Better than Robinson Crusoe in many ways--not least of which, it is shorter. I liked it.
I read this book as a requirement of my Gender and Literature class in college. From a gender and historical standpoint, it was quite interesting.
While flawed in many ways as a novel, this work is a surprising example of the ways that Britons were able to invest the indigenous peoples of North America with their own assumptions and fantasies.
-the pushing of Christianity on Natives was a thing-the overall way the Natives was perceived was very condescending-the ending was a cop-out and seemed very rushed
This was a really cool book. Read it for my women and lit class. Reminded me of the tv show 'Lost'.
a femalization of Robinson Crouse. writer acts as if it is the real history in manny cases.
My rating is actually a 3.5/4.