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The Chippewa Landscape of Louise Erdrich
     

The Chippewa Landscape of Louise Erdrich

by Allan Chavkin
 

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This volume of new essays provides the first book-length critical
assessment of the fiction of America's best-known contemporary writer of
Native American heritage.

Louise Erdrich is arguably the most prolific and prominent contemporary
writer of American Indian descent in North America today. Her novels and
short stories have won great

Overview


This volume of new essays provides the first book-length critical
assessment of the fiction of America's best-known contemporary writer of
Native American heritage.

Louise Erdrich is arguably the most prolific and prominent contemporary
writer of American Indian descent in North America today. Her novels and
short stories have won great critical acclaim and are widely taught in
American and world literature courses.

This collection of original ssays focuses on Erdrich's writings rooted
in the Chippewa experience. Premier scholars of Native American literature
investigate narrative structure, signs of ethnicity, the notions of luck
and chance in Erdrich's narrative cosmology, her use of hunting metaphors,
her efforts to counter stereotypes of American Indian women, her use of
comedy in exploring American Indians' tragic past, her intentions underlying
the process of revision in Love Medicine, and other subjects.

Including a variety of theoretical approaches, this book provides a
comprehensive examination of Erdrich's work, making it more accessible
to new readers and richer to those already familiar with her work.


Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A timely, broadly ranging set of essays on a major American writer, still critically untapped--sophisticated and readable, informative and grounded."
—Kenneth Lincoln, UCLA
Library Journal
Louise Erdrich is perhaps America's best-known contemporary Native American writer. Her first novel, Love Medicine (LJ 10/1/84), won immediate public and critical acclaim, and she continues to write prolifically, weaving the characters from one novel into the plots of others. These essays focus on how Erdrich integrates her Chippewa heritage into her fiction, examining her use of games of chance, hunting as metaphor, and comedy, among other themes. Essayists include editor Chavin (English, Southwest Texas Univ.), who convincingly demonstrates how Erdrich's 1993 revision of Love Medicine effectively politicizes the novel, making it less susceptible to criticism for stereotypical content. In "Ethnic Signs," Catherine Rainwater (English, St. Edward's Univ.) discusses Erdrich's power as a storyteller, saying she "leads her readers (Indian and non-Indian alike) to see that there are no innocent participants in storytelling." While some of the essays are suitable for informed general readers, others are esoteric enough to appeal only to those in the field.--Mary B. Davis, Huntington Free Lib., Bronx, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817309558
Publisher:
University of Alabama Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Allan Chavkin is Professor of English at Southwest Texas State University. A. LaVonne Brown Ruoff is Professor Emerita of English, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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