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Transatlantic Voices is the first collection of critical essays by European scholars on contemporary Native North American literatures. Devoted to the primary genres of Native  literature—fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry—the essays chart the course of recent theories of Native literature, delineate the crosscurrents in the history of Native literature studies, and probe specific themes of trauma and memory as well as changing mythologies. These essays also incorporate incipient transnational and ...
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Overview


Transatlantic Voices is the first collection of critical essays by European scholars on contemporary Native North American literatures. Devoted to the primary genres of Native  literature—fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry—the essays chart the course of recent theories of Native literature, delineate the crosscurrents in the history of Native literature studies, and probe specific themes of trauma and memory as well as changing mythologies. These essays also incorporate incipient transnational and transcultural methodologies in their approach to Native North American writing.
 
Blending western critical approaches—from cultural studies to postcolonialism and trauma theory—with indigenous epistemological perspectives, the contributors to Transatlantic Voices advocate “the inescapable hybridity and intermixture of ideas” proposed by Paul Gilroy in his study of black diasporic identity. Native North American writers forcefully suggest that the study of American ethnicities in the twenty-first century can no longer be confined to the borders of the United States. Given the increasing transnational aspect of American studies, a collection such as Transatlantic Voices , presenting scholars from countries as diverse as Germany, France, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Finland, offers a timely contribution to such border crossing in scholarship and writing. 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803256453
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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Elvira Pulitano is an assistant professor of ethnic studies at California Polytechnic State University. She is the author of Toward a Native American Critical Theory (Nebraska 2003).
 
Contributors: Helmbrecht Breinig, Brigitte Georgi-Findlay, Kathryn Napier Gray, Ulla Haselstein, Hartwig Isernhagen, Yonka Krasteva, A. Robert Lee, Deborah L. Madsen, Simone Pellerin, Gaetano Prampolini, Elvira Pulitano, Bernadette Rigal-Cellard, Mark Shackleton, Paul Beekman Taylor, and Rebecca Tillett.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction   Elvira Pulitano     xiii
Theoretical Crossings     1
"They Have Stories, Don't They?": Some Doubts Regarding an Overused Theorem   Hartwig Isernhagen     3
Plotting History: The Function of History in Native North American Literature   Bernadette Rigal-Cellard     24
Transculturality and Transdifference: The Case of Native America   Helmbrecht Breinig     44
From Early Fiction to Recent Directions     63
American Indian Novels of the 1930s: John Joseph Mathews's Sundown and D'Arcy McNickle's Surrounded   Gaetano Prampolini     65
Transatlantic Crossings: New Directions in the Contemporary Native American Novel   Brigitte Georgi-Findlay     89
Trauma, Memory, and Narratives of Healing     109
Of Time and Trauma: The Possibilities for Narrative in Paula Gunn Allen's The Woman Who Owned the Shadows   Deborah L. Madsen     111
"Keep Wide Awake in the Eyes": Seeing Eyes in Wendy Rose's Poetry   Kathryn Napier Gray     129
Anamnesiac Mappings: National Histories and Transnational Healing in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead   Rebecca Tillett     150
Comparative Mythologies, Transatlantic Journeys     171
Vizenor's Trickster Theft:Pretexts and Paratexts of Darkness in Saint Louis Bearheart   Paul Beekman Taylor     173
"June Walked over It like Water and Came Home": Cross-Cultural Symbolism in Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine and Tracks   Mark Shackleton     188
Encounters across Time and Space: The Sacred, the Profane, and the Political in Linda Hogan's Power   Yonka Krasteva     206
Double Translation: James Welch's Heartsong of Charging Elk   Ulla Haselstein     225
Clowns, Indians, and Poodles: Spectacular Others in Louis Owens's I Hear the Train   Simone Pellerin     249
Oklahoma International: Jim Barnes, Poetry, and the Sites of Imagination   A. Robert Lee     268
List of Contributors     289
Index     295
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