The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature

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Invisible, marginal, expected - these words trace the path of recognition for American Indian literature written in English since the late eighteenth century. This Companion chronicles and celebrates that trajectory by defining relevant institutional, historical, cultural, and gender contexts, by outlining the variety of genres written since the 1770s, and also by focusing on significant authors who established a place for Native literature in literary canons in the 1970s (Momaday, Silko, Welch, Ortiz, Vizenor), achieved international recognition in the 1980s (Erdrich), and performance-celebrity status in the 1990s (Harjo and Alexie). In addition to the seventeen chapters written by respected experts - Native and non-Native; American, British and European scholars - the Companion includes bio-bibliographies of forty authors, maps, suggestions for further reading, and a timeline which details major works of Native American literature and mainstream American literature, as well as significant social, cultural and historical events. An essential overview of this powerful literature.... takes a more formal scholarly approach to the analysis of the historical and legal complications behind the aquot;Indian Problem. ... Hotgun, Tookpafka Micco, Wolf Warrior, Kono Harjo) who regularly discuss contemporary issues as a literary mask, ... Regionalism is a main characteristic of Indian Territory humor, which makes it as difficult for the modern-day audience to comprehend as Old Southwest humor.

Title:The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature
Author:Joy Porter, Kenneth M. Roemer
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2005-07-21


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