The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States Since 1945.

By: Cheyfitz, EricMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandThe Columbia Guides to Literature Since 1945: Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2012Description: 1 online resource (449 p.)ISBN: 9780231511025Subject(s): American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism | American literature -- Indian authors -- History and criticism | Identity (Psychology) in literature | Imperialism in literature | Indians in literature | Indians of North America -- Intellectual life | Postcolonialism in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States Since 1945DDC classification: 810.9897/009045 | 810.9897009045 LOC classification: PS153.I52 C573Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Editor's Introduction; PART I ; The (Post) Colonial Construction of Indian Country : U.S. American Indian Literatures and Federal Indian Law; PART II ; 1. American Indian Fiction and Anticolonial Resistance ; 2. Cannons and Canonization: American Indian Poetries Through Autonomy, Colonization, Nationalism, and Declonization ; 3. American Indian Drama and the Politics of Performance ; 4. Sovereignty and the Struggle for Representation in American Indian Nonfiction ; 5. Imagining Self and Community in American Indian Autobiography ; Contributors ; Index
Summary: The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States Since 1945 is the first major volume of its kind to focus on Native literatures in a postcolonial context. Written by a team of noted Native and non-Native scholars, these essays consider the complex social and political influences that have shaped American Indian literatures in the second half of the twentieth century, with particular emphasis on core themes of identity, sovereignty, and land.In his essay comprising part I of the volume, Eric Cheyfitz argues persuasively for the necessary conjunction of Indian literatures and federal Indian law from Apess to Alexie. Part II is a comprehensive survey of five genres of literature: fiction (Arnold Krupat and Michael Elliott), poetry (Kimberly Blaeser), drama (Shari Huhndorf), nonfiction (David Murray), and autobiography (Kendall Johnson), and discusses the work of Vine Deloria Jr., N. Scott Momaday, Joy Harjo, Simon Ortiz, Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, Jimmy Santiago Baca, and Sherman Alexie, among many others. Drawing on historical and theoretical frameworks, the contributors examine how American Indian writers and critics have responded to major developments in American Indian life and how recent trends in Native writing build upon and integrate traditional modes of storytelling.Sure to be considered a groundbreaking contribution to the field, The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States Since 1945 offers both a rich critique of history and a wealth of new information and insight.
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Contents; Editor's Introduction; PART I ; The (Post) Colonial Construction of Indian Country : U.S. American Indian Literatures and Federal Indian Law; PART II ; 1. American Indian Fiction and Anticolonial Resistance ; 2. Cannons and Canonization: American Indian Poetries Through Autonomy, Colonization, Nationalism, and Declonization ; 3. American Indian Drama and the Politics of Performance ; 4. Sovereignty and the Struggle for Representation in American Indian Nonfiction ; 5. Imagining Self and Community in American Indian Autobiography ; Contributors ; Index

The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States Since 1945 is the first major volume of its kind to focus on Native literatures in a postcolonial context. Written by a team of noted Native and non-Native scholars, these essays consider the complex social and political influences that have shaped American Indian literatures in the second half of the twentieth century, with particular emphasis on core themes of identity, sovereignty, and land.In his essay comprising part I of the volume, Eric Cheyfitz argues persuasively for the necessary conjunction of Indian literatures and federal Indian law from Apess to Alexie. Part II is a comprehensive survey of five genres of literature: fiction (Arnold Krupat and Michael Elliott), poetry (Kimberly Blaeser), drama (Shari Huhndorf), nonfiction (David Murray), and autobiography (Kendall Johnson), and discusses the work of Vine Deloria Jr., N. Scott Momaday, Joy Harjo, Simon Ortiz, Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, Jimmy Santiago Baca, and Sherman Alexie, among many others. Drawing on historical and theoretical frameworks, the contributors examine how American Indian writers and critics have responded to major developments in American Indian life and how recent trends in Native writing build upon and integrate traditional modes of storytelling.Sure to be considered a groundbreaking contribution to the field, The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States Since 1945 offers both a rich critique of history and a wealth of new information and insight.

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CHOICE Review

Cheyfitz (Cornell Univ.) and his fellow contributors are not the first to look at Native American writing in context with federal Indian law. Instead of an "ethno-formalism" and "biologic" point of view, the book uses a cultural logic approach in illuminating themes of resistance to colonialism. Cheyfitz's lengthy, stimulating essay interrogates "(post)colonial" criteria: he buttresses his discussion of sovereignty, kinship, land, blood quantum, and identity in literature with critiques of the early-19th-century so-called John Marshall trilogy of laws and the early Native literature canon. Arnold Krupat and Michael Elliott offer accessible discussion of post-Momaday fiction writers such as Diane Glancy and Thomas King; Kimberly Blaeser, the only Native contributor, scrutinizes Native poetics; Shari Huhndorf surveys drama; Kendall Johnson, autobiography; and Native essayists and literary critics come under David Murray's purview. All the essayists invoke ideas from writer-scholars Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Louis Owens, Simon Ortiz, and Gerald Vizenor. The book makes no mention of children's literature (assumed to have no political dimension?) and only passing reference to prolific nationalist Cherokee novelist Robert Conley. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. R. Welburn University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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Eric Cheyfitz is Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies and Humane Letters at Cornell University. He is the author of The Poetics of Imperialism: Translation and Colonization from The Tempest to Tarzan.
Cheyfitz is Ernest I. White Professor of American Studies & Humane Letters at Cornell University. He has also been professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught as well at Southern Methodist University and Georgetown University. A truly interdisciplinary scholar, he is the author of The Poetics of Imperialism: Translation and Colonization from "The Tempest" to "Tarzan" (Oxford, 1991 - selected as an outstanding academic book by Choice in 1991) and many essays on topics in American and Native American literature. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and an M.A. in creative writing from The Johns Hopkins University. Cheyfitz has received grants from numerous foundations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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