"This is an important title for undergraduate and graduate readers."—B. A. Mann, Choice
"[Modernity and Its Other] is a worthy read in terms of examining eighteenth-century literature from the perspectives of Europeans and Euro-Americans, investigating their thoughts about modernity and their views on how modernity influenced the lives of indigenous Americans."—Brooke Bauer, Journal of Southern History
"Sayre's work adds to our understanding of the creation and promotion of the nineteenth-century Romantic Indian and the role it played in American culture."—Robyn Johnson, American Indian Quarterly
"Modernity and Its Other is essential reading for historians of the French and British North American colonies as well as scholars interested in the intellectual, political, and economic currents of the Atlantic world. Robert Woods Sayre’s in-depth examination of Franco-American and Anglo-American travel literature by authors like François-Xavier de Charlevoix, John Lawson, and William Bartram provides readers with new insights into many well-used primary sources."—Peter Ferdinando, H-Atlantic
“This translation and expansion of the original French edition brings an international scholar’s perspective and another dimension to the construction of what has been called ‘the white man’s Indian.’”—Colin G. Calloway, author of One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West before Lewis and Clark
“Readers will discover new aspects to French American figures like Crèvecoeur and Freneau, as well as the charms of lesser-known travelers such as the Jesuit historian Charlevoix, the renegade officer Lahontan, and the colonial promoters such as John Lawson and Jonathan Carver.”—Gordon M. Sayre, author of Les Sauvages Américains: Representations of Native Americans in French and English Colonial Literature
“This is no tale of the Vanishing Indian (a fable chillingly historicized in the epilogue). By Sayre’s account what has vanished, into commodity and property, is the counter-world admired in most of the texts and writers analyzed here, no matter how conflicted their accounts.”—Mary Baine Campbell, author of The Witness and the Other World: Exotic European Travel Writing, 400–1600?