Native American Survivance, Memory, and Futurity: The Gerald Vizenor Continuum

1st Edition

Birgit Däwes, Alexandra Hauke

Routledge
Published December 14, 2016
Reference - 168 Pages
ISBN 9781138211759 - CAT# Y290559
Series: Routledge Research in Transnational Indigenous Perspectives

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Summary

According to Kimberly Blaeser, Gerald Vizenor is "the most prolific Native American writer of the twentieth century," and Christopher Teuton rightfully calls him "one of the most innovative and brilliant American Indian writers" today." With more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, life writing, essays, and criticism, his impact on literary and cultural theory, and specifically on Indigenous Studies, has been unparalleled.

This volume brings together some of the most distinguished experts on Vizenor’s work from Europe and the United States. Original contributions by Gerald Vizenor himself, as well as by Kimberly M. Blaeser, A. Robert Lee, Kathryn Shanley, David L. Moore, Chris LaLonde, Alexandra Ganser, Cathy Covell Waegner, Sabine N. Meyer, Kristina Baudemann, and Billy J. Stratton provide fresh perspectives on theoretical concepts such as trickster discourse, postindian survivance, totemic associations, Native presence, artistic irony, and transmotion, and explore his lasting literary impact from Darkness in St. Louis Bearheart to his most recent novels and collections of poetry, Shrouds of White Earth, Chair of Tears, Blue Ravens, and Favor of Crows. The thematic sections focus on "Truth Games’: Transnationalism, Transmotion, and Trickster Poetics;" "‘Chance Connections’: Memory, Land, and Language;" and "‘The Many Traces of Ironic Traditions’: History and Futurity," documenting that Vizenor’s achievements are sociocultural and political as much they are literary in effect. With their emphasis on transdisciplinary, transnational research, the critical analyses, close readings, and theoretical outlooks collected here contextualize Gerald Vizenor’s work within different literary traditions and firmly place him within the American canon.

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