In Defense of Loose Translations: An Indian Life in an Academic World - American Indian Lives (Hardback)
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In Defense of Loose Translations: An Indian Life in an Academic World - American Indian Lives (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 01/10/2018
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In Defense of Loose Translations is a memoir that bridges the personal and professional experiences of Elizabeth Cook-Lynn. Having spent much of her life illuminating the tragic irony of being an Indian in America, this provocative and often controversial writer narrates the story of her intellectual life in the field of Indian studies.

Drawing on her experience as a twentieth-century child raised in a Sisseton Santee Dakota family and under the jurisdictional policies that have created significant social isolation in American Indian reservation life, Cook-Lynn tells the story of her unexpectedly privileged and almost comedic "affirmative action" rise to a professorship in a regional western university.

Cook-Lynn explores how different opportunities and setbacks helped her become a leading voice in the emergence of Indian studies as an academic discipline. She discusses lecturing to professional audiences, activism addressing nonacademic audiences, writing and publishing, tribal-life activities, and teaching in an often hostile and, at times, corrupt milieu.

Cook-Lynn frames her life's work as the inevitable struggle between the indigene and the colonist in a global history. She has been a consistent critic of the colonization of American Indians following the treaty-signing and reservation periods of development. This memoir tells the story of how a thoughtful critic has tried to contribute to the debate about indigenousness in academia.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9781496208873
Number of pages: 232
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


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"Cook-Lynn's sharp wit, careful deconstruction of U.S. policies, and commentary on the complicity of politicians and the press in propping up a sanitized version of the national history could well be, at this point, a matter of preaching to the converted. Those unfamiliar with her work, however, can find much to admire in her positions and may be drawn to consult her earlier writings. She embodies a remarkable consistency and remains unflinching in her dedication to her truth. . . . What she presents is a metamemoir, one we will do well to digest and discuss-or dismiss to our detriment."-Eric P. Anderson, Kansas History -- Eric P. Anderson * Kansas History *
"As a Native intellectual and a Dakota intellectual, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn constructs indigeneity as well as her own life while deconstructing U.S. settler-colonialism. She is one of the world's experts on the subject area, which gives the subjective text a solid foundation. The book is beautifully written, poetic, lyrical, a signature style. It is truly a brilliant work."-Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, winner of the American Book Award -- Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

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