Murder on the Reservation: American Indian Crime Fiction

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In Murder on the Reservation, Ray B. Browne surveys the work of several of the best-known writers of crime fiction involving Indian characters and references virtually every book that qualifies as an Indian-related mystery. Browne believes that within the genre of crime fiction all people are equal, and the increasing role of Indian characters in criminal fiction proves what an important role this genre plays as a powerful democratizing force in American society. He endeavors to both analyze and evaluate the ...
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Overview

In Murder on the Reservation, Ray B. Browne surveys the work of several of the best-known writers of crime fiction involving Indian characters and references virtually every book that qualifies as an Indian-related mystery. Browne believes that within the genre of crime fiction all people are equal, and the increasing role of Indian characters in criminal fiction proves what an important role this genre plays as a powerful democratizing force in American society. He endeavors to both analyze and evaluate the individual work of the authors, and at the same time, provide a commentary on the various attitudes towards race relations in the United States that each author presents. Some Indian fiction is intended to right the wrongs the authors feel have been leveled against Indians. Other authors use Indian lore and Indian locales as exotic elements and locations for the entertaining and commercially successful stories they want to write. Browne’s analysis includes authors and works of all backgrounds, with mysteries of first-class murder both on and off the reservation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299196141
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Ray and Pat Browne Book
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Browne is the leading scholar in popular culture studies in the United States and editor of his signature series, A Ray and Pat Browne Book. His most recently published works include The Guide to United States Popular Culture, with editor Pat Browne, and American Popular Culture through History: Civil War and Reconstruction, with Lawrence Kreiser. He is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of popular culture at Bowling Green State University.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The making of the author 30
Ch. 2 Cultural background and development 61
Ch. 3 Protagonists, associates, and development 206
Ch. 4 Literary achievements 219
Ch. 5 Realities and implications 236
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