Contemporary Native Fiction: Toward a Narrative Poetics of Survivance analyzes paradigmatic works of contemporary Native American/First Nations literary fiction using the tools of narrative theory. Each chapter is read through the lens of a narrative theory – structuralist narratology, feminist narratology, rhetorical narratology, and unnatural narratology – in order to demonstrate how the formal structure of these narratives engage the political issues raised in the text. Additionally, each chapter shows how the inclusion of Native American/First Nations-authored narratives productively advance the theoretical work project of those narrative theories. This book offers a broad survey of possible means by which narrative theory and critical race theories can productively work together and is key reading for students and researchers working in this area.
Introduction: Towards a Narrative Poetics of Survivance
Chapter 1: Focalizing Survivance, Racializing Narratology
Chapter 2: Gendered Survivance and Intersectional Narratology
Chapter 3: Rhetorical Narrative and Racially Charged Disclosure
Chapter 4: Naturalizing Unnatural Native Narrative
Coda: Where Do We Go From Here?