Loyalty to the community is the highest value in Native American cultures, argues Jace Weaver. In That the People Might Live, he explores a wide range of Native American literature from 1768 to the present, taking this sense of community as both a starting point and a lens.
Weaver considers some of the best known Native American writers, such as Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, and Vine Deloria, as well as many others who are receiving critical attention here for the first time. He contends that the single thing that most defines these authors' writings, and makes them deserving of study as a literature separate from the national literature of the United States, is their commitment to Native community and its survival. He terms this commitment "communitism"--a fusion of "community" and "activism." The Native American authors are engaged in an ongoing quest for community and write out of a passionate commitment to it. They write, literally, "that the People might live."
Drawing upon the best Native and non-Native scholarship (including the emerging postcolonial discourse), as well as a close reading of the writings themselves, Weaver adds his own provocative insights to help readers to a richer understanding of these too often neglected texts. A scholar of religion, he also sets this literature in the context of Native cultures and religious traditions, and explores the tensions between these traditions and Christianity.
|Native American Literatures and Communitism||p. 3|
|Occom's Razor and Ridge's Masquerade (18th-19th Century)||p. 46|
|Assimilation, Apocalypticism, and Reform (1900-1967)||p. 86|
|Indian Literary Renaissance and the Continuing Search for Community (1968-)||p. 121|
|Conclusion: Anger Times Imagination||p. 160|
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Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st November 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.39 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.4