Drawing on work from autobiographical studies that distinguishes between but correlates position and location, this paper examines Mary Rowlandson’s situatedness in The Sovereignty and Goodness of God and argues that she is a figure of removal and displacement. Although Rowlandson seeks to position herself through voice, actions, and text, such expressions of agency occur within the locating structures of culture, expectation, and memory. The resultant tension between self- positioning and other-locating leaves Rowlandson perpetually removed as she is unable to fully reposition herself within any significant site.
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"A Posture of Removal: Mary Rowlandson’s Location, Position, and Displacement,"
disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory: Vol. 23, Article 7.
Available at: https://uknowledge.uky.edu/disclosure/vol23/iss1/7