Savage Songs & Wild Romances : Settler Poetry and the Indigene, 1830-1880
Drawing on a variety of texts (some virtually unknown), the author demonstrates the range and depth of this verse, suggesting that it exhibited far more interest in, and sympathy for, indigenous peoples than has generally been acknowledged. In so doing, he challenges both the traditional view of this poetry as derivative and eccentric, and more recent postcolonial condemnations of it as racist and imperialist.
Instead, he offers a new, more positive reading of this verse, whose openness towards the presence of the indigenous Other he sees as an early expression of the tolerance and cultural relativity characteristic of modern Western society.
Writers treated include George Copway, Alfred Domett, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, George McCrae, Thomas Pringle, George Rusden, Lydia Sigourney, and Alfred Street.
- Hardback | 196 pages
- 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 544.31g
- 01 Jan 2011
- Editions Rodopi B.V.
- Leiden, Netherlands
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Table of contents
Texts in Context: Nineteenth-Century Settler Culture
"Bold, unfettered rhapsodies": Nineteenth-Century Versifications of Indigenous Orature
"We owe them all that we possess": `Savage' Songs and Laments
"Unlocking the fountains of the heart": Settler Verse and the Politics of Sympathy
Indigenous Romeos & Juliets: Romantic Verse Melodramas
"In their strange customs versed": Ethnographic Verse Epics