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Native American Survivance, Memory, and Futurity

The Gerald Vizenor Continuum, 1st Edition

Edited by Birgit Däwes, Alexandra Hauke


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According to Kimberly Blaeser, Gerald Vizenor is "the most prolific Native American writer of the twentieth century," and Christopher Teuton rightfully calls him "one of the most innovative and brilliant American Indian writers" today." With more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, life writing, essays, and criticism, his impact on literary and cultural theory, and specifically on Indigenous Studies, has been unparalleled.

This volume brings together some of the most distinguished experts on Vizenor’s work from Europe and the United States. Original contributions by Gerald Vizenor himself, as well as by Kimberly M. Blaeser, A. Robert Lee, Kathryn Shanley, David L. Moore, Chris LaLonde, Alexandra Ganser, Cathy Covell Waegner, Sabine N. Meyer, Kristina Baudemann, and Billy J. Stratton provide fresh perspectives on theoretical concepts such as trickster discourse, postindian survivance, totemic associations, Native presence, artistic irony, and transmotion, and explore his lasting literary impact from Darkness in St. Louis Bearheart to his most recent novels and collections of poetry, Shrouds of White Earth, Chair of Tears, Blue Ravens, and Favor of Crows. The thematic sections focus on "Truth Games’: Transnationalism, Transmotion, and Trickster Poetics;" "‘Chance Connections’: Memory, Land, and Language;" and "‘The Many Traces of Ironic Traditions’: History and Futurity," documenting that Vizenor’s achievements are sociocultural and political as much they are literary in effect. With their emphasis on transdisciplinary, transnational research, the critical analyses, close readings, and theoretical outlooks collected here contextualize Gerald Vizenor’s work within different literary traditions and firmly place him within the American canon.

Table of Contents


[Birgit Däwes and Alexandra Hauke]

1. Expeditions in France: Native American Indians in the First World War

[Gerald Vizenor]

Part 1: “Truth Games”: Transnationalism, Transmotion, and Trickster Poetics

1. Gerald Vizenor: Transnational Trickster of Theory

[Alexandra Ganser]

2. Universal Peculiarities in Gerald Vizenor’s Heirs of Columbus and Shrouds of White Earth

[Kathryn Shanley]

3. Jiibayag Ashegiiwe: Revenants, Gerald Vizenor, Odazhe-giiwenigon

[Chris LaLonde]

4. The Late Mr. Vizenor: Recent Storying

[A. Robert Lee]

Part 2: "Chance Connections": Memory, Land, and Language

5. Vizenor and the Power of Transitive Memories

[Kimberly M. Blaeser]

6. The Ground of Memory: Vizenor, Land, Language

[David L. Moore]

7. Gerald Vizenor’s Shimmering Birds in Dialog: (De-)Framing, Memory, and the Totemic in Favor of Crows and Blue Ravens

[Cathy Covell Waegner]

Part 3: "The Many Traces of Ironic Traditions”: History and Futurity

8. From Domestic Dependency to Native Cultural Sovereignty: A Legal Reading of Gerald Vizenor’s Chair of Tears

[Sabine N. Meyer]

9. "Nothing More Than the Chance of Remembrance": Gerald Vizenor and the Motion of Natural Reason in the Presence of War

[Billy J. Stratton]

10. Ecstatic Vision, Blue Ravens, Wild Dreams: The Urgency of the Future in Gerald Vizenor’s Art

[Kristina Baudemann]

About the Editors

Birgit Däwes is Professor and Chair of American Studies at the University of Flensburg, Germany.

Alexandra Hauke is currently a university assistant and PhD candidate at the Department of English and American Studies in Vienna.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Transnational Indigenous Perspectives

Routledge Research in Transnational Indigenous Perspectives features scholarly work exploring both indigenous perspectives that are explicitly transnational and transnational perspectives on indigenous topics. As such, it is committed to fostering and presenting high-quality research in the area of Indigenous Studies, addressing historical and contemporary political, social, economic, and cultural issues concerning the indigenous peoples of North and South America, Europe, Australasia, and the larger Pacific region. The series is thus not limited to one particular methodological approach, but looks at the highly dynamic and growing field of Indigenous Studies that is of central interest for a range of different disciplines.

Members of the series' advisory board include Chadwick Allen (University of Washington); Philip J. Deloria (University of Michigan); Christian Feest (em., Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt); Hsinya Huang (National Sun Yat-Sen University).

The series considers contributions from a wide range of areas in the field of Indigenous Studies. These include but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous literatures, film, performance, music and visual arts
  • Indigenous peoples and the law, settler imperialism, rights and human rights
  • Indigenous histories, politics, knowledges and religion
  • Representations of indigenous peoples in non-indigenous cultural productions
  • Indigenous peoples and the museum
  • Indigenous languages
  • Gender/Queer Indigenous Studies
  • Transnational flows of indigenous ideas and cultures
  • Methodological issues in Indigenous Studies

Please send proposals for scholarly monographs and edited collections to the series editors:

Birgit Däwes: [email protected]

Karsten Fitz: [email protected]

Sabine N. Meyer: [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies