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Approaches to Teaching the Works of Louise Erdrich

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Following the format of the series, a survey was conducted of teachers who use Native American poet and novelist Erdrich in a variety of classrooms asking what works they most regularly teach, what background references they recommend, and what materials they use most in teaching her. The results, along with essays, provide teachers a reference on materials, approaches, Erdrich's fictional world, pedagogical strategies, and critical and theoretical perspectives. Annotation ©2004...
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Overview

Following the format of the series, a survey was conducted of teachers who use Native American poet and novelist Erdrich in a variety of classrooms asking what works they most regularly teach, what background references they recommend, and what materials they use most in teaching her. The results, along with essays, provide teachers a reference on materials, approaches, Erdrich's fictional world, pedagogical strategies, and critical and theoretical perspectives. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873529150
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 261
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the volume 1
Introduction 5
Pt. 1 Materials
Pt. 2 Approaches
A history of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians 23
Of bears and birds : the concept of history in Erdrich's autobiographical writings 32
Beneath creaking oaks : spirits and animals in Tracks 42
Sisters, lovers, Magdalens, and martyrs : Ojibwe two-sisters stories in Love medicine 51
Tracing the trickster : Nanapush, Ojibwe oral tradition, and Tracks 58
Tracking Fleur : the Ojibwe roots of Erdrich's novels 66
Family as character in Erdrich's novels 77
Does power travel in the bloodlines? : a genealogical red herring 83
"Patterns and waves generation to generation" : The antelope wife 88
An indigenous approach to teaching Erdrich's works 95
Sites of unification : teaching Erdrich's poetry 102
"And here is where events loop around and tangle" : tribal perspectives in Love medicine 114
Tracking the memories of the heart : teaching Tales of burning love 118
Academic conversation : computers, libraries, the classroom, and The bingo palace 130
Gender and Christianity : strategic questions for teaching The last report on the miracles at Little No Horse 140
Collaboration in the works of Erdrich and Michael Dorris : a study in the process of writing 147
Doubling the last survivor : Tracks and American narratives of lost wilderness 158
Identity indexes in Love medicine and "Jacklight" 170
Reading The beet queen from a feminist perspective 175
Gender as a drag in The beet queen 183
A postcolonial reading of Tracks 191
"This ain't real estate" : a Bakhtinian approach to The bingo palace 201
App. A Genealogical charts 211
App. B Maps 223
App. C Important dates in the history of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians 227
App. D Study guides to eight Erdrich novels 230
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