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Indian Killer

Author: Sherman Alexie
Publsiher: Grove Press
Total Pages: 436
Release: 1996
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780802143570
Rating: 4.2/5 (435 downloads)

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While a serial killer stalks and scalps white men in Seattle, John Smith, a Native American adopted into a white family, becomes dissatisfied with his life, and, as the killer searches for his next victim, John descends into the madness of Seattle's homeless.

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Understanding Sherman Alexie

Author: Daniel Grassian
Publsiher: Univ of South Carolina Press
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2005
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781570035715
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Offers a chronological examination of the work of the Native American novelist, poet, filmmaker, and short story writer.

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Encyclopedia of American Indian Literature

Author: Jennifer McClinton-Temple
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 481
Release: 2010-05-12
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1438120877
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American Indians have produced some of the most powerful and lyrical literature ever written in North America. Encyclopedia of American Indian Literature covers the field from the earliest recorded works to some of today's most exciting writers. Th

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Language in the USA

Author: Charles Albert Ferguson
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 524
Release: 2004-06-24
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9780521777476
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Red Matters

Author: Arnold Krupat
Publsiher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2010-08-03
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9780812200683
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Arnold Krupat, one of the most original and respected critics working in Native American studies today, offers a clear and compelling set of reasons why red—Native American culture, history, and literature—should matter to Americans more than it has to date. Although there exists a growing body of criticism demonstrating the importance of Native American literature in its own right and in relation to other ethnic and minority literatures, Native materials still have not been accorded the full attention they require. Krupat argues that it is simply not possible to understand the ethical and intellectual heritage of the West without engaging America's treatment of its indigenous peoples and their extraordinary and resilient responses. Criticism of Native literature in its current development, Krupat suggests, operates from one of three critical perspectives against colonialism that he calls nationalism, indigenism, and cosmopolitanism. Nationalist critics are foremost concerned with tribal sovereignty, indigenist critics focus on non-Western modes of knowledge, and cosmopolitan critics wish to look elsewhere for comparative possibilities. Krupat persuasively contends that all three critical perspectives can work in a complementary rather than an oppositional fashion. A work marked by theoretical sophistication, wide learning, and social passion, Red Matters is a major contribution to the imperative effort of understanding the indigenous presence on the American continents.

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Tom Quick, the Indian Slayer

Author: James E. Quinlan
Publsiher: Digital Antiquaria
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2004-09-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1580573193
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Tom Quick, the Avenger of the Delaware, devoted his life to exterminating the few remaining Indians in northeast Pennsylvania. At the time this book was written, he was one of the great icons of American folklore and his exploits were the common fare of fireside storytellers and cracker-barrel old-timers. Today, Tom Quick is virtually forgotten. Political correctness recently motivated his hometown of Milford, PA to dismantle the handsome monument over his remains and replace it with an apologetic plaque. References to him have been eliminated from almost every local history.This book is the original biography of Tom Quick, published in 1851. It contains virtually every tale associated with the craft and cunning of Tom Quick, as well as many narratives relating to the early settlers of the upper Delaware Valley. Of special interest to historians are the chapters devoted to the Battle of Minisink during the American Revolution. The abridged version, published in 1894, lacks several key chapters, footnotes and the Appendix.This masterfully-crafted eBook faithfully preserves the original 1851 edition in its entirety and is fully-searchable and fully-printable. (152pp, 1.04 Mb)

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The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States Since 1945

Author: Eric Cheyfitz
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 450
Release: 2006
Genre: Art
ISBN: 0231117647
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The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States Since 1945 is the first major volume of its kind to focus on Native literatures in a postcolonial context. Written by a team of noted Native and non-Native scholars, these essays consider the complex social and political influences that have shaped American Indian literatures in the second half of the twentieth century, with particular emphasis on core themes of identity, sovereignty, and land. In his essay comprising part I of the volume, Eric Cheyfitz argues persuasively for the necessary conjunction of Indian literatures and federal Indian law from Apess to Alexie. Part II is a comprehensive survey of five genres of literature: fiction (Arnold Krupat and Michael Elliott), poetry (Kimberly Blaeser), drama (Shari Huhndorf), nonfiction (David Murray), and autobiography (Kendall Johnson), and discusses the work of Vine Deloria Jr., N. Scott Momaday, Joy Harjo, Simon Ortiz, Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, Jimmy Santiago Baca, and Sherman Alexie, among many others. Drawing on historical and theoretical frameworks, the contributors examine how American Indian writers and critics have responded to major developments in American Indian life and how recent trends in Native writing build upon and integrate traditional modes of storytelling. Sure to be considered a groundbreaking contribution to the field, The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States Since 1945 offers both a rich critique of history and a wealth of new information and insight.

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Strangers and Kin

Author: Barbara MELOSH
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2009-06-30
Genre: Family & Relationships
ISBN: 0674040910
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Strangers and Kin is the history of adoption. An adoptive mother herself, Barbara Melosh tells the story of how married couples without children sought to care for and nurture other people's children as their own. Taking this history into the early twenty-first century, Melosh offers unflinching insight to the contemporary debates that swirl around adoption: the challenges to adoption secrecy; the ethics and geopolitics of international adoption; and the conflicts over transracial adoption.

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Muting White Noise

Author: James H. Cox
Publsiher: University of Oklahoma Press
Total Pages: 354
Release: 2012-11-19
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0806185465
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Native American fiction writers have confronted Euro-American narratives about Indians and the colonial world those narratives help create. These Native authors offer stories in which Indians remake this colonial world by resisting conquest and assimilation, sustaining their cultures and communities, and surviving. In Muting White Noise, James H. Cox considers how Native authors have liberated our imaginations from colonial narratives. Cox takes his title from Sherman Alexie, for whom the white noise of a television set represents the white mass-produced culture that mutes American Indian voices. Cox foregrounds the work of Native intellectuals in his readings of the American Indian novel tradition. He thereby develops a critical perspective from which to re-see the role played by the Euro-American novel tradition in justifying and enabling colonialism. By examining novels by Native authors—especially Thomas King, Gerald Vizenor, and Alexie—Cox shows how these writers challenge and revise colonizers’ tales about Indians. He then offers “red readings” of some revered Euro-American novels, including Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, and shows that until quite recently, even those non-Native storytellers who sympathized with Indians could imagine only their vanishing by story’s end. Muting White Noise breaks new ground in literary criticism. It stands with Native authors in their struggle to reclaim their own narrative space and tell stories that empower and nurture, rather than undermine and erase, American Indians and their communities.

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International Adoption in North American Literature and Culture

Author: Mark Shackleton
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 306
Release: 2017-09-06
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 3319599429
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This book is about transnational and transracial adoption in North American culture. It asks: to what extent does the process of international adoption reflect imperious inequalities around the world; or can international adoption and the personal experiences of international adoptees today be seen more positively as what has been called the richness of “adoptive being”? The areas covered include Native North American adoption policies and the responses of Native North American writers themselves to these policies of assimilation. This might be termed “adoption from within.” “Adoption from without” (transnational adoption) is primarily dealt with in articles discussing Chinese and Korean adoptions in the US. The third section concerns such issues as the multiple forms that adoption can take, notions of adoption and identity, adoption and the family, and the problems of adoption.

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Popular Contemporary Writers

Author: Michael D. Sharp
Publsiher: Marshall Cavendish
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2005-10
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 9780761476016
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Ninety-six alphabetically arranged author profiles include biographical information, critical commentary, and illustrations.

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The Spaces of Violence

Author: James Giles
Publsiher: University of Alabama Press
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2006-04-09
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0817315020
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Probes the interrelationship of violence and space in 10 contemporary American novels. James R. Giles examines 10 novels for the unique ways they explore violence and space as interrelated phenomena. These texts are Russell Banks’s Affliction, Cormac McCarthy’s Outer Dark and Child of God, Lewis Nordan’s Wolf Whistle, Dorothy Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina, Don DeLillo’s End Zone, Denis Johnson’s Angels, Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer, Robert Stone’s Dog Soldiers, and Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho. These stories take place in settings as diverse as small towns, college campuses, suburbs, the brokerage houses and luxury apartments of Wall Street, football stadiums, Appalachian hills, and America’s no-man’s-land of Greyhound bus stations and highways. Violence, Giles finds, is mythological and ritual in many of these novels, whereas it is treated as systemic and naturalistic in others. Giles locates each of the novels he studies on a continuum from the mythological to the naturalistic and argues that they represent a fourthspace at the margins of physical, social, and psychological space, a territory at the cultural borders of the mainstream. These textual spaces are so saturated with violence that they suggest little or no potential for change and affirmation and are as degraded as the physical, social, and mental spaces out of which they emerge.A concluding chapter extends the focus of The Spaces of Violence to texts by Jane Smiley, Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, and Chuck Palahniuk, who treat the destructive effects of violence on family structures.

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Cannibal Fictions

Author: Jeff Berglund
Publsiher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2006-08-15
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780299215934
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Objects of fear and fascination, cannibals have long signified an elemental "otherness," an existence outside the bounds of normalcy. In the American imagination, the figure of the cannibal has evolved tellingly over time, as Jeff Berglund shows in this study encompassing a strikingly eclectic collection of cultural, literary, and cinematic texts. Cannibal Fictions brings together two discrete periods in U.S. history: the years between the Civil War and World War I, the high-water mark in America's imperial presence, and the post-Vietnam era, when the nation was beginning to seriously question its own global agenda. Berglund shows how P. T. Barnum, in a traveling exhibit featuring so-called "Fiji cannibals," served up an alien "other" for popular consumption, while Edgar Rice Burroughs in his Tarzan of the Apes series tapped into similar anxieties about the eruption of foreign elements into a homogeneous culture. Turning to the last decades of the twentieth century, Berglund considers how treatments of cannibalism variously perpetuated or subverted racist, sexist, and homophobic ideologies rooted in earlier times. Fannie Flagg's novel Fried Green Tomatoes invokes cannibalism to new effect, offering an explicit critique of racial, gender, and sexual politics (an element to a large extent suppressed in the movie adaptation). Recurring motifs in contemporary Native American writing suggest how Western expansion has, cannibalistically, laid the seeds of its own destruction. And James Dobson's recent efforts to link the pro-life agenda to allegations of cannibalism in China testify still further to the currency and pervasiveness of this powerful trope. By highlighting practices that preclude the many from becoming one, these representations of cannibalism, Berglund argues, call into question the comforting national narrative of e pluribus unum.

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Companion to Literature

Author: Abby H. P. Werlock
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 859
Release: 2009
Genre: American literature
ISBN: 143812743X
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