Item Details

The Female American; Or, the Adventures of Unca Eliza Winkfield

Anonymous (Unca Eliza Winkfield, pseudonym ) ; edited by Michelle Burnham and James Freitas
Format
Book
Published
Peterborough, Ontario : Broadview Press, [2014]
Edition
Second edition
Language
English
Uniform Title
Female American
Variant Title
Adventures of Unca Eliza Winkfield
Series
Broadview Editions
ISBN
9781554810963, 1554810965
Summary
"When it first appeared in 1767, this novel 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. The Female American is also one of the earliest novelistic efforts to articulate an American identity. This second edition has been updated throughout and includes a greatly expanded selection of historical materials on castaway narratives and on the cultural context of colonial America"--Back cover.
Contents
  • The Female American in literary context: a brief chronology
  • A note on the text
  • The Female American
  • Appendix A: the colonial Americans and its native peoples
  • Appendix B: Ibn Tufayl and autodidactic castaways
  • Appendix C: isolated castaways
  • Appendix D: castaway communities
  • Appendix E: reviews of The Female American.
Description
256 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-256).
Technical Details
  • Access in Virgo Classic

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