The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States Since
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.
Subjects: Language & Literature
Table of Contents
You are viewing the table of contents
You do not have access to this
on JSTOR. Try logging in through your institution for access.