Writing North America: visiting Thomas Mayne Reid’s legacies.

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From Ballyroney in County Down, the seventy-five works of adventurer novelist Thomas Mayne Reid (1818-1883) include The Headless Horseman, The Scalp Hunters and Osceola the Seminole. Reid influenced Roosevelt’s hunter-naturalist ambitions, Conan Doyle’s imaginary landscapes, Chekov’s sense of adventure, and Nabokov’s vision of America. While his impact on literary conceptualisations of white masculinity, and its interactions with Indigenous societies, may therefore readily be perceived, little is known about Reid in Ulster. Drawing on archival and oral evidence and on biographical and family sources, in this paper I examine Reid’s historical networks in the north of Ireland; and discuss the ramifications of his legacies for contemporary decolonisation debates.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted - 24 Mar 2022
EventUlster-American Heritage Symposium : Transatlantic Transition: Environment and Society - East Tennessee State University, Johnson, United States
Duration: 19 Jun 202222 Jun 2022
Conference number: 23


ConferenceUlster-American Heritage Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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