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Freed From What and For What? The Differing Liberation Theologies of Grant Tinker and Sherman Alexie

Rebecca K. Huskey

in Literature and Theology

Volume 24, issue 4, pages 411-420
Published in print December 2010 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online November 2010 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frq041
Freed From What and For What? The Differing Liberation Theologies of Grant Tinker and Sherman Alexie

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Much of Native American theology has focused on issues of sovereignty, of resistance to cultural hegemony, or of nature-based religion, with thinkers like Grant Tinker leading the discussions. An under-utilised resource for such conversations is the poetry and fiction of Sherman Alexie. While Alexie’s work does include references to the natural world and to the oppression Euro-colonials have inflicted on Indians, his work also emphasises the urban existence of many Indians and the multitude of ways Indians may seek out the divine. Indians may need liberation, says Alexie, from more than the domination of other cultures; they may need liberation from themselves.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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