Literary and Cinematic Reservation in Selected Works of Native American Author Sherman Alexie (Studies in American Literature No. 74)
By: Meredith K James (author)Hardback
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This study explores the importance of the literary "reservation of the mind" in twentieth century native American literature. The book examines the contradictory nature of what the literary reservation space means primarily in the works of Sherman Alexie, but also includes discussions of works by N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Louise Erdrich. Authors often recreate reservation space in positive ways, so their characters are able to survive colonial imposition and administration. The book deals with how Native authors reconcile fragmented identities with the landscape, and how damaging perceptions and policies regarding Native peoples have contributed to the "reservation of the mind."
About the author: Dr. Meredith K. James is Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University. She earned her B.A. from the University of the Ozarks and M.L.A. from Arkansas Tech University and then her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, where she was an instructor in the English Department and the Native American Studies Program.
Preface by Rick Hornung; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. "Uncle Adrian! I'm in the reservation of my mind": Native Writers Creating the Literary Reservation; 2. Dances with Worlds: Alexie's Cinematic Translation of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven; 3. "I fill my pockets with those reservation blues": Survival Songs in Reservation Blues; 4. "The res has missed you": The Fragmented Reservation of the Mind in The Business of Fancy dancing; Bibliography; Index.
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