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Cambridge Companions to Literature: The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature (Paperback)
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Cambridge Companions to Literature: The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 21/07/2005
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Invisible, marginal, expected - these words trace the path of recognition for American Indian literature written in English since the late eighteenth century. This Companion chronicles and celebrates that trajectory by defining relevant institutional, historical, cultural, and gender contexts, by outlining the variety of genres written since the 1770s, and also by focusing on significant authors who established a place for Native literature in literary canons in the 1970s (Momaday, Silko, Welch, Ortiz, Vizenor), achieved international recognition in the 1980s (Erdrich), and performance-celebrity status in the 1990s (Harjo and Alexie). In addition to the seventeen chapters written by respected experts - Native and non-Native; American, British and European scholars - the Companion includes bio-bibliographies of forty authors, maps, suggestions for further reading, and a timeline which details major works of Native American literature and mainstream American literature, as well as significant social, cultural and historical events. An essential overview of this powerful literature.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521529792
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 226 x 170 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'An impressive collection of essays! Porter and Roemer have nicely framed a conversation by scholars on what native literature was, is, and will become in the 21st century. Readers will find diversity in this volume - and by that I mean essays on poetry, fiction, history, and theater, and culture.' LeAnne Howe, Author of Shell Shaker
'It is a distinguished work, clear in its writing, fortunate in its selections, thoroughly available to a wide audience, and expertly researched. Here is an invaluable resource, not only for students and teachers of Native American literature, but for anyone who has an interest in the subject. It is at once an excellent guide and the best of companions.' N. Scott Momaday
'A serious, insightful and in-depth resource guide.' Simon J. Ortiz
'... it will provide a very thorough and thoughtful overview to the subject of Native American writing, the complexities of its study, and the major authors who comprise its current canon.' American Studies Today
'... a highly informative volume. ... well bound and clearly printed. ... highly recommended for all libraries purchasing materials on North American literatures, culture and history.' Reference Reviews
"The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature is comprehensive and extensive. It is a serious, insightful, and in-depth resource guide that's actually more than an overview. Without a doubt, it is purposeful in providing scholars and lay readers a direction toward a full appreciation, understanding, and comprehension of the range and depth of powerful literature by Native Americans." Simon J. Ortiz
"An impressive collection of essays! Porter and Roemer have nicely framed a conversation by scholars on what Native literature was, is, and will become in the 21st century. Readers will find diversity in this volume--and by that I mean essays on poetry, fiction, history, and theater, and culture. The survey by these authors will no doubt evoke new inquiries into this thing we Indians call Story." LeAnne Howe, author of Shell Shaker
"I have read The Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature manuscript with interest and care. It is a distinguished work, clear in its writing, fortunate in its selections, thoroughly available to a wide audience, and expertly researched. Here is an invaluable resource, not only for students and teachers of Native American literature, but for anyone who has an interest in the subject. It is at once an excellent guide and the best of companions." N. Scott Momaday
"A part of the highly esteemed Cambridge "Companion" series, this immensely rewarding volume is geared toward the serious student of Native American literature and explores genres written since the 1770s." --Library Journal

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