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Custer On Canvas: Representing Indians, Memory, And Violence In The New West / Edition 1

Custer On Canvas: Representing Indians, Memory, And Violence In The New West / Edition 1

by Norman K Denzin


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The 1876 events known as Custer’s Last Stand, Battle of Little Big Horn, or Battle of Greasy Grass have been represented over 1000 times in various artistic media, from paintings to sculpture to fast food giveaways. Norman Denzin shows how these representations demonstrate the changing perceptions—often racist—of Native America by the majority culture, juxtaposed against very different readings shown in works composed by Native American artists. Consisting of autobiographical reminiscences, historical description, artistic representations, staged readings, and snippets of documents, this multilayered performance ethnography examines questions of memory, race, and violence against Native America, as symbolized by the changing interpretations of General Custer and his final battle.

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ISBN-13: 9781598745993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 279
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Norman K. Denzin is Distinguished Professor of Communications, College of Communications Scholar, and Research Professor of Communications, Sociology, and Humanities at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. One of the world’s foremost authorities on qualitative research and cultural criticism, Denzin is the author or editor of more than two dozen books, including The Qualitative Manifesto; Qualitative Inquiry Under Fire; Reading Race; Interpretive Ethnography; The Cinematic Society; The Voyeur’s Gaze; and The Alcoholic Self. He is past editor of The Sociological Quarterly, co-editor (with Yvonna S. Lincoln) of four editions of the landmark Handbook of Qualitative Research, coeditor (with Michael D. Giardina) of five plenary volumes from the annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, co-editor (with Lincoln) of the methods journal Qualitative Inquiry, founding editor of Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies and International Review of Qualitative Research, editor of three book series, and founding director of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. This book is a sequel to his Searching for Yellowstone (Left Coast, 2008) which examines perspectives on Yellowstone National Park through the lenses of memory, race, and cultural criticism.

Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsPrefaceIntroductionChapter One: A Good Day to Die: The Battle of Many Names, Part OneChapter Two: Whose Last Stand: The Early PaintingsChapter Three: A Brewery Buys a Painting: Aneheuser-Bush and Cassilly AdamsChapter Four: Whose Custer? Chapter Five: Killing Custer: Reading Red HorseChapter Six: Here Custer FellChapter Seven: Custer, Cody, Sitting Bull, and Wild West ShowsChapter Eight: Buffalo Bill’s Museum, Custer and Western ArtChapter Nine: Art, Robber Barons and the New WestChapter Ten: The Last RodeoNotesReferencesIndexAbout the Author

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