American Indian Rhetorics of Survivance

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American Indian Rhetorics of Survivance presents an original critical and theoretical analysis of American Indian rhetorical practices in both canonical and previously overlooked texts: autobiographies, memoirs, prophecies, and oral storytelling traditions. Ernest Stromberg assembles essays from a range of academic disciplines that investigate the rhetorical strategies of Native American orators, writers, activists, leaders, and intellectuals.

The contributors consider rhetoric in broad terms, ranging from Aristotle's definition of rhetoric as “the faculty . . . of discovering in the particular case what are the available means of persuasion,” to the ways in which Native Americans assimilated and revised Western rhetorical concepts and language to form their own discourse with European and American colonists. They relate the power and use of rhetoric in treaty negotiations, written accounts of historic conflicts and events, and ongoing relations between American Indian governments and the United States.

This is a groundbreaking collection for readers interested in Native American issues and the study of language. In presenting an examination of past and present Native American rhetoric, it emphasizes the need for an improved understanding of multicultural perspectives.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Stromberg and the other contributors have provided excellent material upon which other scholars of Native rhetoric can build."

“A good collection for those interested in the relationship pf Indigenous rhetoric in North America and Western rhetoric.”
Rhetoric Review

“With their bold and original interpretations, the essays in this volume evoke an awareness of rhetoric in the full range of how that term can be understood from a Native American perspective. At the same time, they testify that through the skilled use of language, North America's tribal peoples have managed to resist and even overcome the effects of Anglo-European hegemony long after warfare ceased to be an option.”
—Paul Zolbrod, Emeritus Professor of English, Allegheny College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822959250
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: Pitt Comp Literacy Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernest Stromberg is associate professor in the Department of English, Communication, and Journalism at California State University, Monterey Bay.

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Table of Contents

Rhetoric and American Indians : an introduction 1
Red Jacket's rhetoric : postocolonial persuasions on the Native frontiers of the early American Republic 15
(Native) American jeremiad : the "mixedblood" rhetoric of William Apess 34
"Forked justice" : Elias Boudinot, the US Constitution, and Cherokee removal 50
Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins : her wrongs and claims 69
Resistance and mediation : the rhetoric of irony in Indian boarding school narratives by Francis La Flesche and Zitkala-Sa 95
Sundance behind bars : the rhetoric of Leonard Peltier's prison writings 110
De-assimilation as the need to tell : Native American writers, Bakhtin, and autobiography 131
Inside the circle, outside the circle : the continuance of Native American storytelling and the development of rhetorical strategies in English 149
Critical tricksters : race, theory, and old Indian legends 167
Communicating history : James Welch's killing Custer and the cultural translation of the battle of the Little Bighorn 196
The world made visible : Leslie Marmon Silko's almanac of the dead 214
American Indian sovereignty : now you see it, now you don't 238
Wennebojo meets a "real Indian" 256
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