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Native American literature: authorship and authority

David Stirrup

in Louise Erdrich

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780719074264
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702581 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074264.003.0001
Native American literature: authorship and authority

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This chapter introduces and studies the works of Louise Erdrich, a popular and highly successful Native American writer, some of which have even garnered her numerous awards, and are typically described as beautiful and powerful. It draws out historical and culturally specific readings through the theoretical methodologies that are offered by both indigenous and postcolonial theories: feminism, postmodernism and even regionalism. The chapter also presents a brief outline of the critical platform that serves as the basis of the scholarly archive relating to Erdrich's work. It then considers Erdrich's work in relation to Native and American concerns, and in relation to the many influences Erdrich has both drawn from and created in her own writing, also studying the possibility that her work is not useful to Native American political issues, due to its accessibility and/or popularity.

Keywords: Louise Erdrich; Native American writer; postcolonial theories; culturally specific; critical platform; scholarly archive; political issues

Chapter.  13364 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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