1.Primitive strength in Hawthorne's women: Powerful victims of science: Georgiana and Beatrice -- The scarlet A: aboriginal and awesome -- The home-based power of women and Maules -- The Blithedale sisters: nature queen and spirit medium -- A marble faun and marble women -- 2. Women and savages in Melville: Typee: types of savagery and femininity in a paradise lost -- Omoo: lure of savagery and return to motherly roots -- Mardi: whirlpool of the primitive and lure of the ideal -- Pierre: the good and the bad angel exchange roles -- The tales: eloquent silences among the voiceless -- 3. Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's cabin: women and Blacks revolutionizing society -- 4. William Wells Brown's Clotel: from victimization to vision and action -- 5. Martin R. Delany's Blake: resistance and aggression in women and slaves -- 6. The epic of Dekanawida: aboriginal strength in Native American narrative.