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The Routledge Handbook of North American Indigenous Modernisms

ISBN 9780367466442
Published September 19, 2022 by Routledge
328 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of North American Indigenous Modernisms provides a powerful suite of innovative contributions by both leading thinkers and emerging scholars in the field. Incorporating an international scope of essays, this volume reaches beyond traditional national or euroamerican boundaries to locate North American Indigenous modernities and modernisms in a hemispheric context. Covering key theoretical approaches and topics, this volume includes:

  • Diverse explorations of Indigenous cultural and intellectual production in treatments of dance, poetry, vaudeville, autobiography, radio, cinema, and more
  • Investigation of how we think about Indigenous lives, literatures, and cultural productions in North America from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • Surveys of critical geographies of Indigenous literary and cultural studies, including refocused and reframed exploration of the diverse cultures, knowledges, traditions, geographies, experiences, and formal innovations that inform Indigenous literary, intellectual, and cultural productions

The Routledge Handbook of North American Indigenous Modernisms presents fresh insight to modernist studies, acknowledging and reconciling the occluded histories of Indigenous erasure, and inviting both students and scholars to expand their understanding of the field.

Table of Contents


Philip J. Deloria


Introductory Conversation

Kirby Brown, Stephen Ross, Alana Sayers



1. When a Mound Isn’t a Mound, But Is: Figuring (and Fissuring) Earthworks in Lynn Riggs’s The Cherokee Night

Chadwick Allen

2. Modernist Activities and Native Acts in and around Northern New Mexico

Geneva M. Gano

3. "God Gave Us the Seals": Makah Relational Modernity and the Consequences of Settler Conservation

Joshua Reid

4. Geographies of Allotment Modernisms

Jonathan Radocay

5. Beyond the Bureau of American Ethnology: Remembering the Alaska Native Brotherhood/Sisterhood as a Co-National Network of Indigenous Writers

Michael Taylor

6. The Unsettling Times of Zitkála-Šá and Grazia Deledda

Sonita Sarker



7. John Joseph Mathews, Francis La Flesche, and the Indigenous World of the North American Midcontinent

Angela Calcaterra

8. Corporate Tribalism: Indigeneity, Modernity, and the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

Shari M. Huhndorf

9. Indigeneity and the Caribbean: Some Periodical Perspectives

Louise Kane

10. Native/Black Birds: Voicing the Ruptures of Modernity through Joy Harjo’s Indigenous Jazz Poetics

Audrey Goodman

11. Casualties of Modernism: The Affects and Afterlives of Kent Monkman’s Automobiles

Deena Rymhs



12. The Form(s) of Allotment

Mark Rifkin

13. Fugitive Indigeneity in Paul Green’s The Last of the Lowries and Lynn Riggs’s The Cherokee Night

James H. Cox and Alexander Pettit

14. Minor Characters, Modernity, and the Indigenous Modernist Novel: John Joseph Mathews, D’Arcy McNickle, and John Milton Oskison

Leif Sorensen

15. Indigenous Modernity on Celluloid at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Cristina Stanciu

16. Henry Starr’s Outlaw Modernism

Jenna Hunnef



17. False Idols: Totemism, Reification, and Anishinaabe Culture in Modernist Thought

Adam Spry

18. Performance Circuits, Vaudeville Bits, and Indigenous Resilience

Christine Bold

19. Indigenous Cinema and the Studio System: The Case of Edwin Carewe’s The Snowbird (1916)

Joanna Hearne

20. Syncretic Modernism and The Chemawa American

Amanda J. Zink

21. The Five Moons: Ballet's Modernist Indigenous Starscape

Shannon Toll


Afterword: Troubling the Indigenous Modern

Daniel Heath Justice

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Kirby Brown is an Associate Professor of Native American Literatures in the Department of English and the Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Oregon. He is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

Stephen Ross is a Professor of English and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought at the University of Victoria.

Alana Sayers is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at the University of Victoria specializing in Indigenous literatures and Native American and Indigenous Studies. She is Hupacasath (Nuu-chah-nulth) and Kipohtakaw (Cree, Treaty 6) First Nations.