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Native American fiction : a user's manual

Author: David Treuer
Publisher: Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book has been written with the narrow conviction that if Native American literature is worth thinking about at all, it is worth thinking about as literature. The vast majority of thought that has been poured out onto Native American literature has puddled, for the most part, on how the texts are positioned in relation to history or culture. Rather than create a comprehensive cultural and historical genealogy  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Treuer, David.
Native American fiction.
Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, ©2006
(OCoLC)607758430
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Treuer
ISBN: 9781555974527 155597452X
OCLC Number: 71224864
Description: 212 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: The clouds overhead --
Smartberries --
Lonely wolf --
Plain binoculars --
How to hate/love an Indian --
The myth of myth --
The spirit lives on --
Indian/not-Indian literature --
Some final thoughts about the non-existence of native American fiction.
Responsibility: David Treuer.

Abstract:

This book has been written with the narrow conviction that if Native American literature is worth thinking about at all, it is worth thinking about as literature. The vast majority of thought that has been poured out onto Native American literature has puddled, for the most part, on how the texts are positioned in relation to history or culture. Rather than create a comprehensive cultural and historical genealogy for Native American literature, David Treuer investigates a selection of the most important Native American novels and, with a novelist's eye and a critic's mind, examines the intricate process of understanding literature on its own terms. Native American Fiction: A User's Manual is speculative, witty, engaging, and written for the inquisitive reader. These essays--on Sherman Alexie, Forrest Carter, James Fenimore Cooper, Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, and James Welch--are rallying cries for the need to read literature as literature and, ultimately, reassert the importance and primacy of the word. --Publisher.
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