Native American Writers

Overview

The American literary canon continues to grow and change over time. This new volume presents many of the key works and major figures that have shaped the Native American literary tradition. Covering a range of authors, from well-established names to emerging voices, this series presents works prominently featured in classrooms and representing a variety of genres. Canonical novels, new classics, and popular favorites are discussed and analyzed, collectively offering a glimpse of the changing landscape of literary...

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Overview

The American literary canon continues to grow and change over time. This new volume presents many of the key works and major figures that have shaped the Native American literary tradition. Covering a range of authors, from well-established names to emerging voices, this series presents works prominently featured in classrooms and representing a variety of genres. Canonical novels, new classics, and popular favorites are discussed and analyzed, collectively offering a glimpse of the changing landscape of literary studies in the United States today.

Multicultural Voices introduces students to some of the key authors and works that are taught and assigned in schools today. Each volume examines the origins, history, and development of a multicultural tradition that has proved an essential and vital part of American literature. Chapters on individual authors present a brief biography followed by summary and analysis of the major works and a discussion of the significant themes presented. A chronology, bibliography, and list of additional reading round out this essential resource for the literature student.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This title introduces 10 major Native American poets and writers, such as N. Scott Momaday, Louise Erdrich, James Welch, and Sherman Alexie. An overview preceding the author entries explains the impact of white settlers on the culture of Native Americans, as well as the utilization of Native American storytelling and traditions in their literature and development of their writings. Each 8- to 10-page entry begins with a full-page black-and-white photo of the author and continues with a brief biography that includes early-life details, educational background, tribal connections, writing influences, early work, and awards. Concluding summary and analysis sections include at least two significant pieces of literature by the author and examine the literary devices and symbolism used, as well as major themes. A brief list of additional readings by the authors, a bibliography with websites, and a comprehensive index conclude the book. The easily accessible information and fascinating details of the lives and writings of these authors make this a useful resource for both informative reading and research.—Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604133141
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Multicultural Voices Series
  • Pages: 126
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Overview 7

Carter Curtis Revard 12

N.Scott Momaday 22

Gerald Vizenor 32

James Welch 40

Michael Dorris 52

Leslie Marmon Silko 62

Joy Harjo 72

Louise Erdrich 80

Rigoberta Menchú 92

Sherman Alexie 98

Chronology 107

Additional Reading 114

Bibliography 116

Index 120

Picture Credits 125

About The Author 126

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