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‘I thought I would be sliced in two’: towards a geocultural poetics

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/9780719074264.003.0002
‘I thought I would be sliced in two’: towards a geocultural poetics

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This chapter addresses the neglect of the richness and depth of Erdrich's canvas, which is in full view in her poetry, and, instead of using a contextual analysis, presents a close analysis of a selection of representative poems. It shows that, like most Native American poetry, Erdrich's work leans towards the personal-political, where it reflects on the aspects of place, space and the individual, through themes such as cultural and multiple heritage. The chapter also tries to show the importance and complexity of Erdrich's symbolism, an aesthetic that sets her and other Native poets apart in modern Anglophone poetry.

Keywords: representative poems; Native American poetry; personal-political; heritage; symobolism; Anglophone poetry

Chapter.  11833 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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