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From the cities to the plains: recent fiction

Richard Hillman

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/9780719074264.003.0004
From the cities to the plains: recent fiction

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This chapter updates Erdrich's adult fiction with several ‘mini-essays’ on certain aspects of these novels, first addressing the firm conviction that these novels are worthy of and give the same level of attention which the earlier works have received. It shows how culture and power are expressed in The Antelope Wife and the central idea of disclosure in Last Report. The chapter then discusses the master-narratives of Native American displacement, which emphasise geographical removal and cultural and spiritual dislocation, among others, and also considers land acquisition, repatriation, and truth and legacy in Erdrich's recent fiction.

Keywords: adult fiction; culture and power; disclosure; master-narratives; Native American displacement; geographical removal; dislocation; land acquisition; repatriation; truth and legacy

Chapter.  24160 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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