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Coulombe, Joseph L., 1966-
Reading Native American literature / Joseph L. Coulombe
1st ed
London ; New York : Routledge, 2011
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PS153.I52 C59 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) American literature -- Indian authors -- History and criticism
Indians of North America -- Intellectual life
Indians in literature
Physical Description ix, 188 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [169]-181) and index
Contents Introduction. Native American literary outreach and the non-native reader -- Following the tracks: history and context of native writing -- Nothing but words: from confrontation to connection in N. Scott Momaday's House made of dawn -- Revitalizing the original clan: participant readers in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony -- Individualism vs. separation: imagining the self to foster unity via Gerald Vizenor's Bearheart -- Writing for connection: cross-cultural understanding in James Welch's historical fiction -- The approximate size of his favorite humor: Sherman Alexie's comic connections and disconnections in The Lone Ranger and Tonto fistfight in heaven -- Stitching the gap: believing vs. knowing in Linda Hogan's Power
Summary Native American literature explores divides between public and private cultures, ethnicities and experience. In this volume, the author argues that Native American writers use diverse narrative strategies to engage with readers and are 'writing for connection' with both Native and non-Native audiences. Beginning with a historical overview of Native American literature, this book presents focused readings of key texts including: N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn; Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony; Gerald Vizenor's Bearheart; James Welch's Fool's Crow; Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven; Linda Hogan's Power. Suggesting new ways towards a sensitive engagement with tribal cultures, this book provides not only a comprehensive introduction to Native American literature but also a critical framework through which it may be read

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