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Deep Waters : The Textual Continuum in American Indian Literature - Christopher B. Teuton

Deep Waters

The Textual Continuum in American Indian Literature

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2010
ISBN: 9780803228498
Number Of Pages: 272

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Weaving connections between indigenous modes of oral storytelling, visual depiction, and contemporary American Indian literature, "Deep Waters" demonstrates the continuing relationship between traditional and contemporary Native American systems of creative representation and signification. Christopher B. Teuton begins with a study of Mesoamerican writings, Dine sand paintings, and Haudenosaunee wampum belts. He proposes a theory of how and why indigenous oral and graphic means of recording thought are interdependent, their functions and purposes determined by social, political, and cultural contexts. The center of this book examines four key works of contemporary American Indian literature by N. Scott Momaday, Gerald Vizenor, Ray A. Young Bear, and Robert J. Conley. Through a textually grounded exploration of what Teuton calls the oral impulse, the graphic impulse, and the critical impulse, we see how and why various types of contemporary Native literary production are interrelated and draw upon long-standing indigenous methods of creative representation. Teuton breaks down the disabling binary of orality and literacy, offering readers a cogent, historically informed theory of indigenous textuality that allows for deeper readings of Native American cultural and literary expression.

"Articulating a much-needed change in the way scholars approach Native American literatures, Teuton's thought-provoking study redefines one's sense of the relationship between tradition and modernity and poses significant questions for further research and work in the field."-C.L. Sheffield, Choice -- C.L. Sheffield * Choice *
"Christopher Teuton's study of four American Indian writers . . . offers a useful model for theorizing the interdependence of oral and written traditions within Indigenous communities."-Lindsey Claire Smith, Great Plains Quarterly -- Lindsey Claire Smith * Great Plains Quarterly *

Introduction: Diving into Deep Waters
The Oral Impulse, The Graphic Impulse, And The Critical Impulse: Reframing Signification in American Indian Literary Studies
N. Scott Momaday's The Way to Rainy Mountain: Vision, Textuality, and History
Trickster Leads the Way: A Reading of Gerald Vizenor's Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles
Transforming "Eventuality": The Aesthetics of a Tribal "Word-Collector" in Ray A. Young Bear's Black Eagle Child and Remnants of the First Earth
Interpreting Our World: Authority And The Written Word in Robert J. Conley's Real People Series
Epilogue: Building Ground in American Indian Textual Studies
Works Cited
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ISBN: 9780803228498
ISBN-10: 080322849X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st November 2010
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.47