Date of Award

Summer 8-13-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Degree Program

English

Department

English

Major Professor

John Hazlett

Second Advisor

Peter Schock

Third Advisor

Anne Boyd-Rioux

Fourth Advisor

N/A

Fifth Advisor

N/A

Sixth Advisor

N/A

Seventh Advisor

N/A

Abstract

Since the 1992 republication of On Our Own Ground: The Complete Writings of William Apess, a Pequot, most academic work on Apess has focused on his Methodism, his Native American identity, or the intersection between these two parts of his life and work. Dr. Tim Fulford is the only scholar to have written about Apess and Romanticism. In his book Romantic Indians: Native Americans, British Literature, and Transatlantic Culture, 1756-1830, Fulford illustrates the elegiac modes often present in the work of Apess. This thesis will examine William Apess’ Son of the Forest as an expression of early nineteenth century American Romanticism from a post-colonial standpoint. Apess uses Romantic rhetoric to define Native American identity and through that identity, argue for Native American political agency.

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