Borderlands of Desire: Captivity, Romance, and the Revolutionary Power of Love

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There are a number of reasons for the widespread appearance of the captivity device in romance, but one of the least discussed and most important is the literary link between the wildly popular genres of Anglo-American Indian captivity narratives and romance, a relationship that tracks into and through sentimental and sensational fiction of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, across the ocean between England and America, and over numerous cultural assumptions about the superiority of Anglo-American patriarchy. (133)