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The Routledge Introduction to Native American Literature

1st Edition

By Drew Lopenzina


200 pages

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This Introduction makes available for both student, instructor, and affcianado a refined set of tools for decolonizing our approaches prior to entering the unfamiliar landscape of Native American literatures. This book will introduce indigenous perspectives and traditions as articulated by indigenous authors whose voices have been a vital, if often overlooked, component of the American dialogue for over 400 years. Paramount to this consideration of Native-centered reading is the understanding that literature was not something bestowed upon Native peoples by the settler culture either through benevolent interventions or violent programs of forced assimilation. Native literature precedes colonization and Native stories and traditions have their roots in both the precolonized and the decolonizing worlds. As this far-reaching survey of Native literary contributions will demostrate, almost without fail, when indigenous writers elected to enter into the world of western letters, they did so with the intention of maintaining indigenous culture and community. Writing was and always remains a strategy for survival.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Introduction

Chapter 1 - Oral Encounters: Moving the Forest and Rocks by Song

Chapter 2 - "Still the Same Unbelieving Indian": Native Voices in the Emerging Republic

Chapter 3 - Red Progressives and Indian Passwords

Chapter 4 - Sunset, Sunrise: The American Indian Novel and the Dawning of the Native American Literary Renaissance

Chapter 5 - "Many of Our Songs Are Maps": Poetry in the Native American Literary Renaissance and Beyond

Chapter 6 - "Every One of those Stars has a Story": Narrative and Nationhood

Chapter 7 - Teaching Louise Erdrich’s Tracks: A Case Study

Conclusion: Greetings from Standing Rock

About the Author

Drew Lopenzina is Associate Professor at Old Dominion University and teaches in the intersections of Early American and Native American literatures. His 2017 book, Through an Indian’s Looking Glass (University of Massachusetts Press), is a cultural biography of nineteenth-century Pequot activist and minister William Apess. Lopenzina is also the author of Red Ink: Native Americans Picking up the Pen in the Colonial Period (SUNY Press 2012).The journal American Studies has called Red Ink "an impressively thorough and often compelling study" that "extends the bounds and enriches our understanding of Native American Literary history." Lopenzina’s essays appear in the journals Early American Literature, Native American and Indigenous Studies, American Literature, American Quarterly, Studies in American Indian Literature, American Indian Quarterly and others.

About the Series

Routledge Introductions to American Literature

Routledge Introductions to American Literature provide critical introductions to the most important topics in American Literature, outlining the key literary, historical, cultural, and intellectual contexts. Providing students with an analysis of the most up-to-date trends and debates in the area, they also highlight exciting new directions within the field and open the way for further study. Volumes examine the ways in which both canonical and lesser known writers from diverse class and cultural backgrounds have shaped American literary traditions, addressing key contemporary and theoretical debates, and giving attention to a range of voices and experiences as a vital part of American life. These comprehensive volumes offer readable, cohesive narratives of the development of American Literature and provide ideal introductions for students.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General