Tribal Fantasies: Native Americans in the European Imaginary, 1900-2010 [NOOK Book]

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This transnational collection discusses the use of Native American imagery in twentieth and twenty-first-century European culture. With examples ranging from Irish oral myth, through the pop image of Indians promulgated in pornography, to the philosophical appropriations of Ernst Bloch or the European far right, contributors illustrate the legend of "the Indian." Drawing on American Indian literary nationalism, postcolonialism, and transnational theories, essays demonstrate a complex nexus of power relations that...
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Tribal Fantasies: Native Americans in the European Imaginary, 1900-2010

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Overview

This transnational collection discusses the use of Native American imagery in twentieth and twenty-first-century European culture. With examples ranging from Irish oral myth, through the pop image of Indians promulgated in pornography, to the philosophical appropriations of Ernst Bloch or the European far right, contributors illustrate the legend of "the Indian." Drawing on American Indian literary nationalism, postcolonialism, and transnational theories, essays demonstrate a complex nexus of power relations that seemingly allows European culture to build its own Native images, and ask what effect this has on the current treatment of indigenous peoples.
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"A provocative and at times slightly scandalous collection, Tribal Fantasies considers the ubiquitous, fantastical, and usually nineteenth-century Great Plains Indian and occasional Incan of the European cultural imaginary. The contributors, who work within a trans-European context and use a trans-North Atlantic critical method, find this Indian in far-right political rhetoric, leftist German intellectualism, gay culture, toy sets, erotica, the mid-twentieth-century Polish 'Indian novel,' and Irish storytelling. Framed by Stirrup's thorough, engaging introduction and Renae Watchman's incisive and equally engaging afterword, the chapters assess the messy collision of indigenous North American and European contexts and produce a host of exciting interpretations and urgent questions." - James H. Cox, author of Muting White Noise: Native American and European American Novel Traditions and The Red Land to the South: American Indian Writers and Indigenous Mexico

"James Mackay and David Stirrup's intelligently conceived and edited collection, Tribal Fantasies, offers the reader a rich range of theoretically sophisticated and culturally sensitive insights into figurations of the Indian in the European imaginary, in disciplines ranging from literature to politics to popular culture to sexualities. A must for all libraries." - Susan Castillo, Harriet Beecher Stowe Professor of American Studies, King's College London, UK and former editor of the Jourbanal of American Studies

 

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James Mackay is a Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the European University of Cyprus.
David Stirrup is a Senior Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Kent, UK.


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Table of Contents

Introduction – David Stirrup and James Mackay
1. Union of Chance: Portrayals by Dogroy Beaulieu; Gerald Vizenor
2. Ethno-Graphic Novels: Francophone Comics and Derib's Plains Indian Cycle; Sebastian F. Braun
3. I'm indiginous, I'm indiginous, I'm indiginous': Indigenous Rights, British Nationalism, and the European Far Right; Padraig Kirwan and David Stirrup
4. From Karl Marx to Karl May: Ernst Bloch and the Native American as Concrete Utopia; Peter Thompson
5. Teepees & Totem Poles: Imaginings of Native Americans in European Popular Culture for Children; Christina Welch
6. Native Americans and the European Gay Imagination; Max Carocci
7. Monstrous Bodies and Ignoble Savages: Depictions of Indigenous Peoples in European Hardcore; James Mackayi
8. Polish Literary Depictions of Native Americans in Soviet-Era Adventure Novels; Marek Paryz
9. Indian Spirit: Psytrance Culture, Native Americans and the Techno-Tribes; Graham St John
10. Wee People, Red Devils and the Old Women Back Home: Representations of Native Americans in Micí Mac Gabhann's Rotha Mór an tSaoil and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne's "The Pale Gold of Alaska"; Jessica Dougherty-McMichael
Afterword; Renae Watchman
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