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American Indian Literature : A Very Short Introduction - Sean Teuton

American Indian Literature

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 17th March 2018
ISBN: 9780199944521
Number Of Pages: 160

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In North America, the Indigenous literature we know today reaches back thousands of years to when the continent's original inhabitants first circled fires and shared tales of emergence and creation, journey and quest, heroism and trickery. Sean Teuton tells the story of Indigenous literature, from the time when oral narrative inspired the first Indigenous writers in English, through later writers' appropriation of genres to serve the creative and political needs of the times. In this lucid narrative he leads readers into the Indigenous worlds from which the literatures grows, where views about land and society and the role of humanity in the cosmos continue to enliven western understanding. In setting Indigenous literature in historical moments he elucidates its various purposes, from its ancient role in bringing rain or healing the body, to its later service in resisting European invasion and colonization, into its current place as a world literature that confronts dominance while it celebrates imagination and the resilience of Indigenous lives. Along the way readers encounter the diversity of Indigenous peoples who, owing to their differing lands, livelihoods, and customs, evolved literatures adapted to a nation's specific needs. While, in the nineteenth century, public lecture and journalism fortified eastern Indigenous writers against removal west, nearly a century later autobiography enabled western Indigenous authors to tell their side of the winning of the west. Throughout he treats Indigenous literature with such complexity. He describes the single-handed invention of a written Indigenous language, the first Indigenous language newspaper, and the literary occupation of Alcatraz Island. Returning to contemporary poetry, drama, and novel by authors such as D'Arcy McNickle, Leslie Silko, Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, Craig Womack, Teuton demonstrates that, like Indigenous people, Indigenous literature survives because it adapts, honoring the past yet reaching for the future. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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"Teuton does a remarkable job of providing critical historical, cultural, and political background on a variety of tribal populations to prepare readers to enter into the study of Native American literatures ... this volume serves as a brief but informative survey that will provide valuable background for readers new to the field." -- J. J. Donahue, CHOICE

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Preface

1. The Man Made of Words

2. Oral Literatures

3. To Write in English

4. From Artifact to Intellectual

5. Native American Literary Studies

6. The Native Novel

7. Indigenous Futurity

References

Further Reading

Index

ISBN: 9780199944521
ISBN-10: 0199944520
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 17th March 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.78 x 11.43  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.04

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