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The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: With Related Documents
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Her diary accounts for her capture to her return, although written a few years post her release. Specifically, Rowlandson observes her experience in relation to God and the bible, her capture being expressed as a trial from God which she must endure with faith; only in doing so would she survive and remain a true Christian woman suitable for Puritan society. It is through this Christian perspective that she judges the Native Americans, creating an obvious bias against their culture. Given this her narrative can be understood in terms of how she would wish to represent herself and her captivity to those readers, and so not wholly understood as a completely accurate account. Rowlandson was a respected woman within Puritan society and as such would be expected to represent all that was customary of fine Christian women.
Much past scholarship placed Mary Rowlandson's captivity narrative in the context of generalized Puritan views of providence or typology. Challenging such assumptions, current scholarship has largely been dedicated to locating the text's gendered resistance to orthodoxy. More recently, scholars such as Tara Fitzpatrick, Nancy Armstrong, and Leonard Tennenhouse have offered a third line of inquiry, arguing in different ways that Rowlandson's and other women's narratives performed larger "cultural work" than assumptions either about complicity or about resistance had fully considered.
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Mary Rowlandson was published. This text is considered a formative American work in the literary genre of captivity narratives. It went through four printings in and garnered readership both in the New England colonies and in England, leading it to be considered by some the first American "bestseller.