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Film NationHollywood Looks at U.S. History, Revised Edition$
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Robert Burgoyne

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816642915

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816642915.001.0001

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The Columbian Exchange: Pocahontas and The New World

The Columbian Exchange: Pocahontas and The New World

(p.120) 6 The Columbian Exchange: Pocahontas and The New World
Film Nation

Robert Burgoyne

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter argues that The New World reorients the settlement story of Jamestown, one of the foundational myths of nation, in a way that effectively defamiliarizes the viewer’s experience of place, history, and identity. The film can be considered a form of historical “revisioning,” which portrays history both in terms of the “inside”and in terms of the “otherness”of historical events. It also presents the internal lives of the characters, their fragmentary thoughts and reflections, while at the same time emphasizing the “otherness” of the historical past, underlining its remoteness, its strangeness, and its distance from the present.

Keywords:   New World, Jamestown, historical revisioning, Pocahontas

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