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Louise Erdrich: Tracks, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, The Plague of Doves
     

Louise Erdrich: Tracks, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, The Plague of Doves

by Deborah L. Madsen
 

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Leading scholars critically explore three leading novels by Louise Erdrich, one of the most important and popular Native American writers working today. Louise Erdrich has shaped the possibilities for Native American, women's and popular fiction in the United States during the late twentieth century. Louise Erdrich collects new essays by noted scholars of Native

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Leading scholars critically explore three leading novels by Louise Erdrich, one of the most important and popular Native American writers working today. Louise Erdrich has shaped the possibilities for Native American, women's and popular fiction in the United States during the late twentieth century. Louise Erdrich collects new essays by noted scholars of Native American Literature on three important novels that chart the trajectory of Erdrich's novelistic career, "Tracks (1988)," "The Last Report on the Miracles At Little No Horse (2001)" and "The Plague of Doves (2007)". This book illuminates Erdrich's multiperspectival representation of Native American culture and history. Focusing on such topics as humor, religion, ethnicity, gender, race, sexuality, trauma, history, and narrative form, the essays collected here offer fresh readings of Erdrich's explorations of Native American identities through her innovative fictions. This series offers up-to-date guides to the recent work of major contemporary North American authors. Written by leading scholars in the field, each book presents a range of original interpretations of three key texts published since 1990, showing how the same novel may be interpreted in a number of different ways. These informative, accessible volumes will appeal to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, facilitating discussion and supporting close analysis of the most important contemporary American and Canadian fiction.

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“The volume is poignant in its deliberate application of one academic theory to one text in each essay...Graduate seminars will study this book for a good while.” —Thomas Austenfeld, Department of English,University of Fribourg, Switzerland

“With Louise Erdrich: "Tracks," "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse," "The Plague of Doves," editor Deborah L. Madsen brings together a collection of articles by some of the most published scholars on Erdrich in the field, including P. Jane Hafen, Connie A. Jacobs, and David Stirrup. The result is an important and versatile critical compilation that employs a wide variety of theoretical approaches and enables readers to interpret Erdrich's work in new, relevant, and thought- provoking ways...Another strength of the text is the variety of theoretical approaches the contributing writers use, from ecocriticism to postcolonial theory, from trauma theory to Native American theoretical approaches. These varied lenses help readers to consider Erdrich's work from many diff erent viewpoints. Moreover, Madsen's text "feels" like a unified whole rather than merely a hodgepodge collection of literary- critical essays.” —Jill Walker Gonzalez, University of New Mexico

Thomas Austenfeld

The volume is poignant in its deliberate application of one academic theory to one text in each essay...Graduate seminars will study this book for a good while.
Jill Walker Gonzalez

With Louise Erdrich: "Tracks," "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse," "The Plague of Doves," editor Deborah L. Madsen brings together a collection of articles by some of the most published scholars on Erdrich in the field, including P. Jane Hafen, Connie A. Jacobs, and David Stirrup. The result is an important and versatile critical compilation that employs a wide variety of theoretical approaches and enables readers to interpret Erdrich's work in new, relevant, and thought- provoking ways...Another strength of the text is the variety of theoretical approaches the contributing writers use, from ecocriticism to postcolonial theory, from trauma theory to Native American theoretical approaches. These varied lenses help readers to consider Erdrich's work from many diff erent viewpoints. Moreover, Madsen's text "feels" like a unified whole rather than merely a hodgepodge collection of literary- critical essays.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441142061
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Bloomsbury Studies in Contemporary North American Fiction
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
618 KB

Meet the Author

Deborah L. Madsen is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She has published more than a dozen books on various aspects of literary theory, American studies, feminism, and Native and ethnic literatures.

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