Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine: A Casebook

Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine: A Casebook

by Hertha Dawn Wong
     
 

Louise Erdrich's first novel, Love Medicine, came out in 1984 to instant and international acclaim. A short story cycle narrated by a variety of different characters, the book chronicles the intertwined histories of Chippewa and mixed-blood families in North Dakota over half a century, laying bare the ordeals and joys of twentieth-century Native American life. Like

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Louise Erdrich's first novel, Love Medicine, came out in 1984 to instant and international acclaim. A short story cycle narrated by a variety of different characters, the book chronicles the intertwined histories of Chippewa and mixed-blood families in North Dakota over half a century, laying bare the ordeals and joys of twentieth-century Native American life. Like the other books in the series, this Casebook presents important background material to establish the context of the novel, interviews with the author, and pivotal critical responses to the work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195127218
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Series:
Casebooks in Contemporary Fiction Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
Pt. IContexts: History, Culture, and Storytelling
The Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota: Its History as Depicted in Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine and The Beet Queen13
From the Time Immemorial: Native American Traditions in Contemporary Short Fiction27
Love Medicine: Voices and Margins35
Where I Ought to Be: A Writer's Sense of Place43
Pt. IIMixed Identities and Multiple Narratives
Erdrich and Dorris's Mixed-bloods and Multiple Narratives53
Celebrating Culture: Love Medicine67
Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine: Narrative Communities and the Short Story Cycle85
Interviews with Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris107
Pt. IIIIndividual and Cultural Survival: Humor and Homecoming
"Her Laugh an Ace": The Function of Humor in Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine115
Opening the Text: Love Medicine and the Return of the Native American Woman136
Interviews with Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris155
Pt. IVReading Self/Reading Other
Reading between Worlds: Narrativity in the Fiction of Louise Erdrich163
Reading Louise Erdrich: Love Medicine as Home Medicine179
Vision and Revision in Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine211
Rose Nights, Summer Storms, Lists of Spiders and Literary Mothers220
Chronology of Events in Love Medicine225
Selected Bibliography229

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