The Invention of Native American Literature

The Invention of Native American Literature

by Robert Dale Parker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801488044

ISBN-13: 9780801488047

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Cornell University Press

In an original, widely researched, and accessibly written book, Robert Dale Parker helps redefine the study of Native American literature by focusing on issues of gender and literary form. Among the writers Parker highlights are Thomas King, John Joseph Mathews, D'Arcy McNickle, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Ray A. Young Bear, some of whom have previously received little

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In an original, widely researched, and accessibly written book, Robert Dale Parker helps redefine the study of Native American literature by focusing on issues of gender and literary form. Among the writers Parker highlights are Thomas King, John Joseph Mathews, D'Arcy McNickle, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Ray A. Young Bear, some of whom have previously received little scholarly attention.Parker proposes a new history of Native American literature by reinterpreting its concerns with poetry, orality, and Indian notions of authority. He also addresses representations of Indian masculinity, uncovering Native literature's recurring fascination with restless young men who have nothing to do, or who suspect or feel pressured to believe that they have nothing to do. The Invention of Native American Literature reads Native writing through a wide variety of shifting historical contexts. In its commitment to historicizing Native writing and identity, Parker's work parallels developments in scholarship on other minority literatures and is sure to provoke controversy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801488047
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Tradition, Invention, and Aesthetics in Native American Literature and Literary Criticism1
2Nothing to Do: John Joseph Mathews's Sundown and Restless Young Indian Men19
3Who Shot the Sheriff: Storytelling, Indian Identity, and the Marketplace of Masculinity in D'Arcy McNickle's The Surrounded51
4Text, Lines, and Videotape: Reinventing Oral Stories as Written Poems80
5The Existential Surfboard and the Dream of Balance, or "To be there, no authority to anything": The Poetry of Ray A. Young Bear101
6The Reinvention of Restless Young Men: Storytelling and Poetry in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony and Thomas King's Medicine River128
7Material Choices: American Fictions and the Post-canon168
AppendixLegs, Sex, Orgies, Speed, and Alcohol, After Strange Gods: John Joseph Mathews's Lost Generation Letter188
Notes195
Works Cited215
Index239

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