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noble savage

n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (in romanticism) an idealized view of primitive man

no′ble sav′age


n.
1. (in literature) the concept of a mythical primitive human being with virtuous qualities uncorrupted by civilization.
2. a person embodying this concept.
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It is written that the noble savage must never express surprise in the presence of the white.
This is like one of those Red-skin stories where the noble savages carry off a girl and the honest backwoodsman with his incomparable knowledge follows the track and reads the signs of her fate in a footprint here, a broken twig there, a trinket dropped by the way.
Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by the team of Becca Gercken (Associate Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris) and Julie Pelletier (Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg), "Gambling on Authenticity: Gaming, the Noble Savage, and the Not-So-New Indian" is a collection of nine erudite articles that collectively presents a transnational examination of North American gaming and considers the role Indigenous artists and scholars play in producing depictions of Indigenous gambling.
The qualities required to be completely and happily human, to have true community, become locked away behind the rarified experiences of the veteran or are hidden in the primordial mist with the noble savage.
Writer friends and editors, rejecting my "breakaway" fictions, urged me to attempt a book something more like the Noble Savage mine disaster story, and eventually I did, mainly to prove that I could.
Creating an idea of the noble savage in his work, his photographs prove quite iconic.
Robert Miller challenges that aspect of the noble savage myth that depicts Native Americans as forest-dwelling socialists.
Three of these, her debut cassette Tallinn at Dawn, the Noble Savage EP and an LP, Cabaret Cixious, are the fruits of playful, plodding laptop experiments that began in London while Juur was a summer intern at.
The bishop and the Marist priests who would soon follow him into the region were well read and strongly influenced by France's prevailing Romantic movement, with its emphasis on the noble savage and the emotive power of nature.
Thus was Mauritius, then a French colony and called Ile de France, represented in Bernardin de SaintPierre's enormously influential 1787 novel Paul et Virginie, shocking for its proposition that Western society was inherently debased and that there was such a being as the Noble Savage.
He said: "There was this colonialist idea of the noble savage which motivated the programme.
Holmes's telling makes clear how fundamental the meeting was, as it shaped Western ideas of the noble savage and the adventurer-discoverer for centuries to come.