An extremely well-researched study, with a succinct, powerful argument.
Stratton offers a particularly tenable approach that yields valuable insight into the exceptionalist beginnings of an American literary tradition.
—Early American Literature
For readers looking for a provocative, post-colonial analysis of seventeenth-century Puritan literature, particularly Mary Rowlandson's famous narrative, Stratton's book should be at the top of your list.
—New England Review
Stratton unpacks Rowlandson's canonical Native American captivity narrative with unprecedented scrutiny. . . . An extremely well-researched study, with a succinct, powerful argument.
——Ron Welburn for CHOICE Reviews
Stratton's Buried in Shades of Night is an unexpected and provocative study of the motives behind and the authorship of Mary White Rowlandson's famous captivity narrative. Not everyone will agree with Stratton's arguments, but he certainly makes a compelling case for another look at how and why this narrative was written.
—Annette Kolodny, author of In Search of First Contact: The Vikings of Vinland, the Peoples of the Dawnland, and the Anglo-American Anxiety of Discovery
In Stratton's painstaking recreation of the European, English, and Puritan minds that produced and imbibed the captivity narrative as well as its ancillary genres, he has crafted a precise and concise ethnohistory of an English mindset that is integral to our understanding of the Native history of the Americas.
—James Carson, editor of American Exceptionalisms: From Winthrop to Winfrey
In Buried in Shades of Night
, Billy J. Stratton has written a superb post-colonial historiography, a new and wonderful account of puritan colonialist history associated with the English invasion and occupation of the land they re-named New England. Within this critique he focuses our attention on the so-called 'captivity narrative' titled The Sovereignty and Goodness of God
, long attributed to Mary Rowlandson as a personal memoir of her experiences. His is a very different reading of the Rowlandson text, however, and a different telling of the historical narrative that dominates the usual colonialist histories.
—George E. Tinker, author of Spirit and Resistance: Political Theology and American Indian Liberation.