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- DescriptionWhen 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 vel 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 vel is her protagonist, a woman who is of mixed race. Though the era's popular vels typically featured women in the confining contexts of the home and the bourgeois marriage market, Winkfield's vel portrays an automous 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 velistic 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.
- Author BiographyUnca Eliza Winkfield was the pseudonym of an unidentified eighteenth-century writer. Michelle Burnham is Professor of English at Santa Clara University. James Freitas is an undergraduate student in English at Santa Clara University.
- Author(s)Unca Eliza Winkfield
- PublisherBroadview Press Ltd
- Date of Publication30/09/2014
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Series TitleBroadview Editions
- Place of PublicationPeterborough
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintBroadview Press Ltd
- Weight352 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Edited byJames Freitas,Michelle Burnham
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
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