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Unscripted America: Indigenous Languages and the Origins of a Literary Nation

Sarah Rivett


From their earliest encounters in the Americas, Europeans struggled to make sense of the words spoken by the numerous indigenous tribes that surrounded them. Unscripted America recounts a colonial struggle between peoples of European descent who aspired to map native languages according to Christian and Enlightenment cosmologies and indigenous resistance to this ascribed meaning. Unscripted America reconstructs an archive of indigenous language texts in order to present a new account of their impact of comparative philology on the formation of US literary culture. American Indian language text ... More

Keywords: Indigenous studies, American literary history, Enlightenment, Religion, Early America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190492564
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190492564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Rivett, author
Associate Professor of English, Princeton University