Catalogue


The war in words : reading the Dakota conflict through the captivity literature /
Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola.
imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2009.
description
xxxiv, 363 p.
ISBN
0803213700 (cloth), 9780803213708 (cloth)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
More Details
imprint
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2009.
isbn
0803213700 (cloth)
9780803213708 (cloth)
contents note
Martha Riggs Morris & Sarah Wakefield : captivity & protest -- Harriet Bishop McConkey & Isaac Heard : captivity & early Dakota war histories -- Edward S. Ellis : captivity & the dime novel tradition -- Mary Schwandt Schmidt & Jacob Nix : captivity & German Americans -- Jannette Decamp Sweet, Helen Carrothers Tarble, Lillian Everett Keeney, & Urania White : captivity & the antiquarian impulse -- Benedict Juni : captivity & the boy's adventure story -- Samuel J. Brown & Joseph Godfrey : captivity & credit -- Paul Mazakutemani : captivity & spiritual autobiography -- Cecelia Campbell Stay & Nancy McClure Faribault Huggan : captivity & bicultural women's identity -- Big Eagle, Lorenzo Lawrence, & Maggie Brass : captivity & cultural stereotypes -- Good Star Woman : captivity & ethnography -- Esther Wakeman & Joseph Coursolle : captivity & oral history -- Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve : captivity & counter captivity.
catalogue key
6798506
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [325]-345) and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-02-01:
Also author of The Indian Captivity Narrative, 1550-1900 (CH, Dec'93, 31-1950) and editor of Women's Indian Captivity Narratives (1998), Derounian-Stodola (Univ. of Arkansas) brings together 24 accounts of the underrecognized yet transformative US-Dakota War of 1862. She demonstrates how the war has been understood, through a wide variety of texts, from oral history to dime novels, and through still-divisive interpretations by Dakota and settler participants/descendants. Capitalizing on the "wide generic web" of the captivity-narrative genre, the author highlights the rich diversity of texts recounting the conflict and marshals a dizzying range of source materials into a complex yet accessible framework. Introductory chapters locate the narratives in chronological and historical contexts; the methodology emphasizes indigenous perspectives as well as those provided by studies in whiteness and comparative ethnicities. By organizing the 24 accounts in two sections--European American and Native American narratives--the author foregrounds ongoing contestation over the instigation, effect, and legacy of the war for settlers and the Dakotas, especially the continued silencing of indigenous histories. A combination of literary history, historiography, and cultural contextualization, this cogent book situates the little-known literature produced by this unresolved conflict in the context of genre studies, American Studies, public memory, and trauma and reconciliation. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. S. K. Bernardin SUNY College at Oneonta
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A combination of literary history, historiography, and cultural contextual
"A combination of literary history, historiography, and cultural contextualization, this cogent book situates the little-known literature produced by this unresolved conflict in the context of genre studies, American Studies, public memory, and trauma and reconciliation."-S. K. Bernardin, CHOICE
"A combination of literary history, historiography, and cultural contextualization, this cogent book situates the little-known literature produced by this unresolved conflict in the context of genre studies, American Studies, public memory, and trauma and reconciliation."S. K. Bernardin, CHOICE
"Derounian-Stodola allows the dialogue and narratives to "speak". By doing so she has shown the highest respect. Her efforts at leveling the historical playing field by not only giving voice to those Natives who were previously voiceless in history but also by attempting to illustrate how wartime memories are wounds that are interpreted differently by each group because of personal, cultural, and historical context, should not go unnoticed."Holly Boomer, Annals of Iowa
"Derounian-Stodola allows the dialogue and narratives to "speak". By doing so she has shown the highest respect. Her efforts at leveling the historical playing field by not only giving voice to those Natives who were previously voiceless in history but also by attempting to illustrate how wartime memories are wounds that are interpreted differently by each group because of personal, cultural, and historical context, should not go unnoticed."Holly Boomer,Annals of Iowa
"Drawing on an exhaustive list of printed histories, personal narratives, contemporary perspectives, oral histories, and even fiction, Derounian-Stodola in The War in Words has written a compelling, thorough, and admirably inclusive history of the Dakota conflict." Journal of American Ethnic History
"Everyone teaching the Dakota War or captivity narratives, or seeking a cultural lens into a microcosm of nineteenth-century Indian Wars, will find this an essential addition to their library. . . . Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola has given us an interesting and effective way to think about this complicated moment in Minnesota history-a moment many groups are still struggling to come to terms with."-Wendy Lucas Castro, Southwest Journal of Cultures
"Everyone teaching the Dakota War or captivity narratives, or seeking a cultural lens into a microcosm of nineteenth-century Indian Wars, will find this an essential addition to their library. . . . Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola has given us an interesting and effective way to think about this complicated moment in Minnesota historya moment many groups are still struggling to come to terms with."Wendy Lucas Castro, Southwest Journal of Cultures
"Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola delves into what is one of the most hotly contested topics in Minnesota historythe ongoing legacy of the 1862 Dakota War. . . . It is clear from the first pages that Stodola has taken great care in crafting a balanced analysis of her material."Diane Wilson, Minnesota History
"Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola delves into what is one of the most hotly contested topics in Minnesota historythe ongoing legacy of the 1862 Dakota War. . . . It is clear from the first pages that Stodola has taken great care in crafting a balanced analysis of her material."Diane Wilson,Minnesota History
" The War in Words is a well-researched and carefully constructed analysis of the historical and literary records produced following the controversial and chilling conclusion of the Dakota War."Theresa L. Gregor, American Indian Culture and Research Journal
" The War in Words presents a new perspective on the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, providing a deeper understanding of it through a more serious look at the complex identities and backgrounds of those who have shared its stories. . . . This work will undoubtedly provide an example of an approach to understanding the personal responses to war that may prove useful to those readers and scholars engaged in peace studies, truth commissions, and historical representations of war."Erin Griffin, Studies in American Indian Literatures
"The War in Words presents a new perspective on the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, providing a deeper understanding of it through a more serious look at the complex identities and backgrounds of those who have shared its stories. . . . This work will undoubtedly provide an example of an approach to understanding the personal responses to war that may prove useful to those readers and scholars engaged in peace studies, truth commissions, and historical representations of war."-Erin Griffin, Studies in American Indian Literatures
" The War in Words will be an invaluable source for scholars in many different fields."Linda M. Clemmons, South Dakota History
"The War in Wordswill be an invaluable source for scholars in many different fields."Linda M. Clemmons,South Dakota History
This item was reviewed in:
Choice, February 2010
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Summaries
Main Description
The War in Wordsis the first book to study the captivity and confinement narratives generated by a single American war as it traces the development and variety of the captivity narrative genre. Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola examines the complex 1862 Dakota Conflict (also called the Dakota War) by focusing on twenty-four of the dozens of narratives that European Americans and Native Americans wrote about it. This six-week war was the deadliest confrontation between whites and Dakotas in Minnesota's history. Conducted at the same time as the Civil War, it is sometimes called Minnesota's Civil War because it so wasand continues to bedivisive. The Dakota Conflict aroused impassioned prose from participants and commentators as they disputed causes, events, identity, ethnicity, memory, and the all-important matter of the war's legacy. Though the study targets one region, its ramifications reach far beyond Minnesota in its attention to war and memory. An ethnography of representative Dakota Conflict narratives and an analysis of the war's historiography,The War in Wordsincludes new archival information, historical data, and textual criticism.
Main Description
The War in Words is the first book to study the captivity and confinement narratives generated by a single American war as it traces the development and variety of the captivity narrative genre. Kathryn Zabelle Derounian-Stodola examines the complex 1862 Dakota Conflict (also called the Dakota War) by focusing on twenty-four of the dozens of narratives that European Americans and Native Americans wrote about it. This six-week war was the deadliest confrontation between whites and Dakotas in Minnesota's history. Conducted at the same time as the Civil War, it is sometimes called Minnesota's Civil War because it was--and continues to be--so divisive. The Dakota Conflict aroused impassioned prose from participants and commentators as they disputed causes, events, identity, ethnicity, memory, and the all-important matter of the war's legacy. Though the study targets one region, its ramifications reach far beyond Minnesota in its attention to war and memory. An ethnography of representative Dakota Conflict narratives and an analysis of the war's historiography, The War in Words includes new archival information, historical data, and textual criticism.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
List of Narratives & Their Chronological Contextsp. xvii
Methodologyp. 1
Historical Perspectives on the Dakota Warp. 15
European Americans Narrating Captivity
Introductionp. 47
Captivity & Protestp. 55
Captivity & Early Dakota War Historiesp. 77
Captivity & the Dime Novel Traditionp. 94
Captivity & German Americansp. 104
Captivity & the Antiquarian Impulsep. 124
Captivity & the Boy's Adventure Storyp. 149
Native Americans Narrating Captivity
Introductionp. 159
Captivity & Creditp. 169
Captivity & Spiritual Autobiographyp. 189
Captivity & Bicultural Women's Identityp. 198
Captivity & Cultural Stereotypesp. 214
Captivity & Ethnographyp. 240
Captivity & Oral Historyp. 252
Captivity & Counter Captivityp. 264
Conclusion: Captive to the Past? The Legacy of the Dakota Warp. 275
Notesp. 285
Works Citedp. 325
Indexp. 347
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem