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The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature

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Kenneth M. Roemer, Joy Porter, David Murray, Annette Van Dyke, Bernd Peyer, Hertha D. Sweet Wong, Norma C. Wilson, A. Lavonne Brown Ruoff, James Ruppert, Ann Haugo, Chadwick Allen, Patricia Clark Smith, Kathryn W. Shanley, Robert M. Nelson, Kimberly M. Blaeser, Catherine Rainwater, Laura Coltelli, David L. Moore
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  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521529792

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  • This Companion provides an informative and wide-ranging overview of a relatively new field of literary-cultural studies: literature of many genres in English by American Indians from the 1770s to the present day. In addition to the seventeen chapters written by respected experts--Native and non-Native; American, British and European scholars--it includes bio-bibliographies of forty authors, maps, suggestions for further reading, and a timeline which details major works of Native American and mainstream American literature, as well as significant social, cultural and historical events.

    • A thorough and detailed overview of a relatively new field of literary-cultural studies
    • Spans a wide historical range, from the 1770s to present day
    • Includes bio-bibliographies of forty authors, maps and suggestions for further reading
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature is comprehensive and extensive. It is a serious, insightful, and in-depth resource guide that's actually more than an overview. Without a doubt, it is purposeful in providing scholars and lay readers a direction toward a full appreciation, understanding, and comprehension of the range and depth of powerful literature by Native Americans." Simon J. Ortiz

    "An impressive collection of essays! Porter and Roemer have nicely framed a conversation by scholars on what Native literature was, is, and will become in the 21st century. Readers will find diversity in this volume--and by that I mean essays on poetry, fiction, history, and theater, and culture. The survey by these authors will no doubt evoke new inquiries into this thing we Indians call Story." LeAnne Howe, author of Shell Shaker

    "I have read The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature manuscript with interest and care. It is a distinguished work, clear in its writing, fortunate in its selections, thoroughly available to a wide audience, and expertly researched. Here is an invaluable resource, not only for students and teachers of Native American literature, but for anyone who has an interest in the subject. It is at once an excellent guide and the best of companions." N. Scott Momaday

    "A part of the highly esteemed Cambridge "Companion" series, this immensely rewarding volume is geared toward the serious student of Native American literature and explores genres written since the 1770s." --Library Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521529792
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 170 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 6 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Kenneth M. Roemer
    Time line: literary, historical and cultural conjunctions Kenneth M. Roemer
    Part I. Historical and Cultural Contexts:
    1. Historical and cultural contexts to Native American literature Joy Porter
    2. Translation and mediation David Murray
    3. Women writers and gender issues Annette Van Dyke
    Part II. Genre Contexts:
    4. Non-fiction prose Bernd Peyer
    5. Native American life writing Hertha D. Sweet Wong
    6. America's indigenous poetry Norma C. Wilson
    7. Pre-1968 fiction A. Lavonne Brown Ruoff
    8. Fiction:
    1968 to the present James Ruppert
    9. American Indian theatre Ann Haugo
    Part III. Individual Authors:
    10. N. Scott Momaday: becoming the bear Chadwick Allen
    11. Simon Ortiz: writing home Patricia Clark Smith
    12. James Welch: identity, circumstance and chance Kathryn W. Shanley
    13. Leslie Marmon Silko: storyteller Robert M. Nelson
    14. Gerald Vizenor: postindian liberation Kimberly M. Blaeser
    15. Louise Erdrich's storied universe Catherine Rainwater
    16. Joy Harjo's poetry Laura Coltelli
    17. Sherman Alexie: irony, intimacy, and agency David L. Moore
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  • Editors

    Joy Porter, University of Wales, Swansea
    Joy Porter is a lecturer in the Department of American Studies at the University of Wales, Swansea, where she teaches a range of courses on American and Native American history and literature. She is the author of To Be Indian: The Life of Seneca-Iroquois Arthur Caswell Parker, 1881-1955 (2002). Her work on Indian themes can be found in a variety of journals and books such as New York History and The State of US History (Berg 2002). Previously she was Senior Lecturer in American History at Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, where she established a range of courses on Indian and American history. Her next book is Native American Freemasonry, the research for which was supported by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

    Kenneth M. Roemer, University of Texas, Arlington
    Kenneth M. Roemer, an Academy of Distinguished Teachers Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, has received four NEH grants to direct Summer seminars and has been a Visiting Professor in Japan, a guest lecturer at Harvard, and lectured in Vienna, Lisbon, Brazil, and Turkey. His articles have appeared in journals such as American Literature, American Literary History, and Modern Fiction Studies. His Approaches to Teaching Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain (ed.) was published by the MLA; his Native American Writers of the United States (ed.) won a Writer of Year Award from Wordcraft Circle. He has written four books on utopian literature, including The Obsolete Necessity and Utopian Audiences. His collection of personal narratives, verse, and photography about Japan is entitled Michibata de Deatta Nippon (A Sidewalker's Japan).


    Kenneth M. Roemer, Joy Porter, David Murray, Annette Van Dyke, Bernd Peyer, Hertha D. Sweet Wong, Norma C. Wilson, A. Lavonne Brown Ruoff, James Ruppert, Ann Haugo, Chadwick Allen, Patricia Clark Smith, Kathryn W. Shanley, Robert M. Nelson, Kimberly M. Blaeser, Catherine Rainwater, Laura Coltelli, David L. Moore

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