Table of Contents:
- Machine generated contents note: Engaging community -- Textual parameters for readers -- Reading to learn (not to profess) -- Individual methods and shared goals -- Critical methodology -- power of fiction -- 1. Following the tracks: history and context of Native writing -- Invasion and loss -- Adapting to change, writing for change -- Trail of broken treaties -- New policies, old problems -- Recovering from loss, and continuing the oral tradition -- Fiction, poetry, and self-definition -- snapshot of contemporary Native America -- 2. Nothing but words: from confrontation to connection in N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn -- Observation versus experience -- Angela and Abel: connection and disconnection -- Abel's progress and Angela's revelation -- Words, language, and meaning -- Violence, whiteness, and evil -- Confrontation and affirmation -- timeless challenge and the reader -- Eternity, nothing, and shared truths -- 3. Revitalizing the original clan: participant readers in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony -- Clan stories and the reader -- performative power of language -- Connection and context -- Racial politics -- Fighting fragmentation and hatred -- Re-uniting the people -- Individual success and human promise -- 4. Individualism vs. separation: imagining the self to foster unity via Gerald Vizenor's Bearheart -- Text and reader -- dangers of language -- power of imagination -- Collaboration and individual interpretation -- Connection, non-conformity, and transcendence -- Dependence and self-destruction -- Tribalism versus individualism -- 5. Writing for connection: cross-cultural understanding in James Welch's historical fiction -- Writing history as resistance -- Translating the unfamiliar -- Teaching readers with cultural connections -- Ambiguity and interpretation -- normal and the negative -- Humor as connection -- Community versus individual -- 6. approximate size of his favorite humor: Sherman Alexie's comic connections and disconnections in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven -- Theorizing the frontier of humor -- Story-telling and its equivocal potential -- Humor as protection -- Humor as self-destructive avoidance -- Tradition, change, and context -- Humor as intra-community connection -- Humor as cross-cultural outreach -- Anger and joy -- 7. Stitching the gap: believing vs. knowing in Linda Hogan's Power -- Narrative and interpretive processes -- Tradition and renewal -- Storm as metaphor -- Knowledge versus belief -- Witness -- Trial and error -- Future connection and community -- Effort and achievement -- healing power of words
- Description based on print version record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. Available via World Wide Web.
- 1 online resource.
- PS153.I52 C59 2011eb
- 0203832906 (electronic bk.)
9780203832905 (electronic bk.)
Other Control Numbers:
- EBC668420 (source: MiAaPQ)