Gerald Vizenor: Texts and Contexts

Gerald Vizenor: Texts and Contexts


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Novelist, autobiographer, poet, dramatist, essayist, and cultural critic of rare and radical boldness, Gerald Vizenor has long stood at the very forefront of Native writing. His challenges to received thinking, along with signature phrases like postindian, survivance, storier, double-other, and terminal creed, have uniquely influenced the discourse of Native life and art.

This essay collection offers an overview of Vizenor scholarship through close reading of his texts and exploration of the intellectual contexts in which they are situated. Vizenor's achievements cannot be easily summarized; rather, this book gives due evidence of the complexity of his work and the diverse critical responses to it.

The book comprises close textual readings of Vizenor's writing as well as comparative readings that place Vizenor's achievement in various theoretical, cultural, and historical contexts as well as the context of fellow Native writers. The final section makes available the full text of the ratified Constitution of the White Earth Nation of which Vizenor was the lead writer, an essay by Vizenor about the significance and provenance of the Constitution, and a new interview by A. Robert Lee, bringing the collection to Vizenor's most recent writing and his thoughts about his future projects.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826349156
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 05/15/2011
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Deborah L. Madsen is professor of American literature and culture at the University of Geneva.

A. Robert Lee is professor of American literature at Nihon University, Tokyo.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction Deborah L. Madsen A. Robert Lee 1

Part 1 Texts

1 Storier: Gerald Vizenor's Father Meme A. Robert Lee 12

2 Pacifists, Tricksters, Writers, and Victims in Hiroshima Bugi Alan R. Velie 30

3 Gerald's Game: Postindian Subjectivity in Vizenor's Interior Landscapes Michael Snyder 46

4 Wild Word Hunters: Tricky Language and Literary Allusion in Harold of Orange John Gamber 67

5 Satirical Ambivalence and Vizenor's Bearheart Helmbrecht Breinig 86

6 Moon Vines Among the Ruins: Vizenor's Poetics of Native Presence David L. Moore 106

Part 2 Contexts

7 Writing in the Fourth Person: A Lacanian Reading of Vizenor's Pronouns Deborah L. Madsen 130

8 "He Made a Teasing Whistle on the Wind": Situating the Literary Activism of Gerald Vizenor Chris LaLonde 152

9 Scenes of Picturing: Gerald Vizenor's Phototext Shamoon Zamir 166

10 Postindian Survivance: Gerald Vizenor and Kimberly Blaeser Jill Doerfler 186

11 Shadow Casting: William Apess, Survivance, and the Problem of Historical Recovery Drew Lopenzina 208

12 Museum Survivance: Vizenor Before and After Repatriation Linda Lizut Helstern 231

13 The Trick of Grieving Well and the Grief of Tricking Well: The Unspeakable Gerald Vizenor Kathryn W. Shanley 249

Part 3 Vizenor Texts

14 Praise the Ravens: A Literary Interview Gerald Vizenor A. Robert Lee 268

15 Constitution of the White Earth Nation Gerald Vizenor 282

16 The Constitution of the White Earth Nation Gerald Vizenor Others 290

Notes on Contributors 307

Index 319

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