Captive Selves, Captivating Others: The Politics and Poetics of Colonial American Captivity Narratives

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A Note on the Text

Decisions regarding whether or not to modernize language are commonly couched in terms familiar to anthropologists: They have to do with whether one wants to make a text (and its authors) more familiar or more strange, more transparent or more opaque. Because I have relied on a mixture of original and modernized sources, for consistency's sake I have generally followed modern conventions with regard to capitalization, spelling, and punctuation, with two notable exceptions: I have preserved italics when they indicate a quotation or are clearly used for emphasis, and I have quoted longer passages in the original version when I want to foreground their style. This is the case, for example, when I quote from Increase Mather and Cotton Mather, whose writing style evokes the spoken word.

Where there are several variants of Native American tribal, personal, and place names I have employed the form I consider most accurate, except in quotations, when I have retained the original form. Common variants are mentioned in the text or endnotes.

All dates are in modern notation.

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